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Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 That Conquered Everest To Be Auctioned

Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 That Conquered Everest To Be Auctioned Sales & Auctions

Something very special is happening on May 12, 2019. The Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 that summited Everest on the wrist of well-known mountain guide Adrian Ballinger is going to be auctioned off for charity. The auction will take place in Geneva, and all funds raised from this sale will go to the Alex Lowe Foundation, which has set up the Khumbu Climbing Centre to support the indigenous community of Nepali Sherpas to make climbing and trekking in the mountains safer.

Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 That Conquered Everest To Be Auctioned Sales & Auctions

Favre-Leuba is the second oldest watch company in the world. Since 1737, the company has been creating timepieces in a variety of styles, excelling with both dress and sport designs. Unfortunately, the quartz crisis of the seventies hit the brand hard. After eight generations of family ownership, the brand was sold. After a brief hiatus in production, the name was purchased by the Tata Group in 2011. Five years later, in 2016, a new series of watches was launched. The new iteration of the company brought back many of the classic themes Favre-Leuba had explored previously — especially the technologically advanced watches for outdoor adventurers — and further built an already sturdy foundation. One of the brand’s most impressive pieces, and certainly its most adventurous, is the Favre-Leuba Bivouac 9000.

Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 That Conquered Everest To Be Auctioned Sales & Auctions

Notably, the watch is able to record altitude and air pressure up to 9,000 meters. Just in case you were wondering, that’s a shade over the height of Everest (8,848m). So, unless you plan on lugging a really long ladder to the summit of the tallest peak in the world, the Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 can keep you informed of your current height above sea level until you can climb no further.

Of course, as soon as a brand releases a watch with such purported functionality, the marketing team knows it’s going to be asked for proof (it was the first thing that popped into my head while reviewing this watch (in black) recently). And so, pleasingly pre-emptively, Favre-Leuba went and got it. By strapping the Raider Bivouac 9000 to the wrist of respected mountain-guide Adrian Ballinger and sending him to the summit of Everest, they got the practical proof they needed, along with the kind of positive press money alone just can’t buy. And now you get the chance to own this interesting slice of brand history and contribute to a very worthy cause.

Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 That Conquered Everest To Be Auctioned Sales & Auctions

The watch will be doing a short Asian tour, visiting Hong Kong and Taiwan, before returning to Switzerland to be displayed in Geneva for the three days leading up to the auction itself. In case you’re planning on paying this tracking timepiece a visit, here are the exact dates of the Bivouac 9000’s schedule:

Preview in Hong Kong: April 29 & 30, 2019
Preview in Taiwan: May 2 & 3, 2019
Preview in Geneva: May 9, 10 & 11, 2019

Date of auction: May 12. 2019
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Also, if you are interested in placing a bid and would like to dig into the specifics of the lot, the auction catalog will be available online from April 29th. Learn more about Favre-Leuba’s historical involvement in expeditions of endurance and discovery at favre-leuba.com.

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  • SuperStrapper

    How long did he wait in line to reach the summit? Climbing Everest is like riding splash mountain. Only there’s more garbage on Everest.

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    • cluedog12

      The real test as to whether Everest is Disney is whether I could climb it with a non-sporty watch.

    • Berndt Norten

      Technically it’s supposedly not that hard a climb. It’s all about how your body deals with the altitude

      • DanW94

        I have climbed the highest mountain
        I have scaled these icy walls
        Only to pollute K2
        To sell my Favre-Leuba to you
        Only to sell to you….

        • Berndt Norten

          But I still haven’t found
          What I’m Credoring for

  • Sheez Gagoo

    A f91w woud survive Everest. Why should I pay extra for an used watch? That went on Everest? A reason for audepreciation I think.

  • ray h.

    Pretty darn cool watch . I can barely climb the 3 flights to my apartment after 6 months of winter here in Minnesota but I still want one of these because I am also becoming a gray turtle ! Would Seiko guys would call this the Mountain Turtle if Seiko made it ?

  • DanW94

    In a related story, I’m auctioning a watch on Ebay that survived a 5 minute excursion into the freezer at my local supermarket. I had it on my wrist while I reached for a bag of frozen corn while simultaneously carrying on a conversation with someone I haven’t seen in a decade. The watch must’ve been exposed in that freezer entrance for at least 4-5 minutes. Nothing short of amazing as far as I’m concerned.

    • cluedog12

      That’s legitimate heritage, if combined with a tropical worn dial.*

      * Statement above applies to the following brands only: Rolex and Patek Philippe.

    • Leonarr

      P R O V E N A N C E

      • DanW94

        Security cameras in Aisle 2 provide all the provenance I need 🙂

        • SuperStrapper

          Aisle 2 or base camp 2; is there really that big a difference in the grande scheme?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I don’t really care where it’s been it’s one ugly watch.

    • Berndt Norten

      know where you’re goin’
      I don’t care where you’ve been
      A pillow in a coffin’s just as good as a bed
      and baby how I love it when you return
      From Everest, not dead

      • Raymond Wilkie

        ” I love rigor mortis when it just sets in “…That’s just plain creepy.

    • Julie Hill

      Not a dress watch. It’s a tool watch. Function over design.

  • Julie Hill

    I like it. Serious tool watch that’s not playing at it.

  • Ayreonaut

    From Wikipedia: Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards were sponsored by Eddie Bauer to do an Everest climb, and they relayed information from the Everest climb using the smartphone software application and service called Snapchat.

  • This will be the best desk diver ever. I must have.
    /s

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