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A Corporate Benefactor since 2002, Rolex’s association with the Society is built on a long term relationship that was made famous on the occasion of the first summiting of Everest in 1953.

This historic moment has come to signify ideals of leadership, exploration and physical achievement, and was a test of Rolex’s workmanship. Sir John Hunt’s expedition, in which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, was equipped with Oyster Perpetuals. The Oyster Perpetual Explorer was launched later in 1953 to celebrate the successful ascent and immediately acquired iconic status.

Today, Rolex supports the Society’s Picture Library - with its unique images of Everest - and contributes towards conservation of our vast Collections.

With their support of our many exhibitions and reading room activities, we are able to share the images and stories behind Everest and other moments of pioneering spirit as captured on film and in our archives.

Rolex also ensures that the Society keeps good time. The clocks situated throughout the public areas of our building serve to create a perpetual reminder of our important relationship.

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