George Daniels. A very fine and rare 18ct yellow gold limited series automatic centre seconds calendar wristwatch with Co-Axial escapement with fitted box, papers and letters signed by George Daniels Millennium, Made in 1999

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George Daniels. A very fine and rare 18ct yellow gold limited series automatic centre seconds calendar wristwatch with Co-Axial escapement with fitted box, papers and letters signed by George Daniels
Millennium, Made in 1999

Sold for £ 146,500 (US$ 189,015) inc. premium
George Daniels. A very fine and rare 18ct yellow gold limited series automatic centre seconds calendar wristwatch with Co-Axial escapement with fitted box, papers and letters signed by George Daniels
Millennium, Made in 1999
18ct gilded brass movement with special co-axial escapement and mono-metallic free sprung balance, gold engine turned rotor, the engraved surround with foliage decoration and signed Co-Axial Escapement, fine engine turned silvered dial with eccentric gold chapter ring, with black roman numerals, 18ct gold Daniels hands, gold subsidiary date ring with two cartouches signed Daniels and London, 18ct gold polished circular case with stepped bezel and winding crown between 7 and 8, sapphire crystal glazed exhibition case back hallmarked for London and stamped with owner's initials, fitted leather strap with 18ct gold George Daniels buckle, together with original George Daniels fitted box, letters of provenance and receipts, case, dial and movement signed
37mm.

Footnotes

  • The late Dr George Daniels CBE was undoubtedly the most famous and well respected watch maker this world has known. Since 1969, Dr Daniels worked hard to successfully continue and revive the world of handmade mechanical watches which were threatened by the emergence of the quartz watch. He was most famously the first watchmaker in 200 years to invent a new watch escapement,'The Co-Axial,' which he declared to be 'designed to have low friction and so not affected by viscosity of oil, so that the greatest cause of change in rate is eliminated...'the escapement will actually run indefinitely.'

    In 1994, Dr Daniels, by this time 68 years of age, not only wrote and published the entitled, 'The practical watch escapement,' but the launch of his Co-axial escapement at the Basel watch fair proved a huge success, after which ETA (part of the retail giants Swatch and Omega) agreed to commercially produce watches with this escapement. The prototype Daniels watch with the Co-axial was also completed in 1999, and thereafter 12 watches were made each year for four years.
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George Daniels. A very fine and rare 18ct yellow gold limited series automatic centre seconds calendar wristwatch with Co-Axial escapement with fitted box, papers and letters signed by George Daniels Millennium, Made in 1999
George Daniels. A very fine and rare 18ct yellow gold limited series automatic centre seconds calendar wristwatch with Co-Axial escapement with fitted box, papers and letters signed by George Daniels Millennium, Made in 1999
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