George Daniels. An exceptional, fine and rare 18K gold Limited Series automatic centre seconds wristwatch with co-axial escapement  Millennium, Made in 1999

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George Daniels. An exceptional, fine and rare 18K gold Limited Series automatic centre seconds wristwatch with co-axial escapement
Millennium, Made in 1999

Sold for £ 519,000 (US$ 724,385) inc. premium
George Daniels. An exceptional, fine and rare 18K gold Limited Series automatic centre seconds wristwatch with co-axial escapement
Model: Millennium
Date: Made in 1999
Movement: 18K gilt automatic, 'George Daniels' co-axial escapement, glucydur balance, gold engine turned rotor, engraved surround with foliage decoration and signed Co-Axial Escapement
Dial: Engine turned silvered, two cartouches signed Daniels and London, eccentric gold chapter ring with black Roman numerals, black outer minute markers, gold subsidiary dial at 6 for calendar markers, gold Daniels hands, centre seconds
Case: Polished round, snap on exhibition back, winding crown at 8, engraved 'KWF 99' and 'DKN' to the reverse
Strap/Bracelet: Brown Daniels alligator leather
Buckle/Clasp: Signed 18K gold buckle
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 37mm
Accompaniments: Provenance letter dated 28th February 2014 and correspondence from George Daniels dated 1999 and 2007

Footnotes

  • Dr. George Daniels CBE (1926-2011) was a true horologist with a passion that overcame all the turmoil that befell the watch industry in the 1970's. George came out of it a game changer, elder statesman, mentor to many influential watch producers and a national treasure.

    Considered as one of the greatest watchmakers of the 20th Century, George struggled for more than two decades to persuade many of the Swiss watch brands that his revolutionary Co-Axial escapement – designed to run unaffected by the deterioration of its lubricant – was possibly the greatest advance in horology since Thomas Mudge invented the lever escapement over 250 years ago. Eventually, he was proved correct and Omega adopted the Co-Axial design introducing it into select models at the Basel Fair in 1999. To celebrate this monumental deal, George, along with his apprentice Roger Smith, set about creating the Millennium wristwatch series.

    The Millennium was created over a period of 3 years with delivery made in 1999 ahead of the new millennium. This was the first collaboration between George and Roger and each watch was painstakingly hand-finished by the two of them in what is considered as an 'English style'. With just 48 examples made in yellow gold it is difficult to overestimate just how important these watches are especially when considering the current example was the 9th watch created by George in the series. To take horology forward by a greater step than anyone else has done since Thomas Mudge in 1755 is quite simply phenomenal.

    At a time when the stock of independent makers seems to be sky rocketing, the current lot offers a fantastic opportunity to own a significant part of contemporary watchmaking history.
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George Daniels. An exceptional, fine and rare 18K gold Limited Series automatic centre seconds wristwatch with co-axial escapement  Millennium, Made in 1999
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