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The Space Traveller’s Watch
By George Daniels
An 18k yellow gold chronograph
with Daniels independent
double-wheel escapement
Circa 1982,
Estimated price: £400,000-600,000

In November, Sotheby’s will be auctioning an incredible group of watches and clocks from the collection of the great British watchmaker and inventor George Daniels (1926-2011). This sale will offer collectors a rare opportunity to acquire timepieces of exceptional quality never offered on the open market before.

George Daniel’s life story is an extraordinary tale of rags to riches. Brought up in Ealing, on the poverty line and suffering from neglect, Daniels at the age of five discovered a broken watch in his home that, once opened, revealed an entire new universe that was to transform his life.

Daniels went on to become the greatest British horologist of the 20th century and was one of only a handful of watchmakers able to handcraft an entire watch from start to finish. This complex and laborious process could take up to 3,000 hours to complete, resulting in Daniels only creating 27 watches in 40 years. Daniels made watchmaking an art form and was responsible for reviving the business of independent watchmaking and mechanism watches.

One of Daniels inventions was the ‘co-axial escapement’ the first new watch mechanism created since 1754. Highlights of the sale include Daniel’s first Co-Axial wristwatch, The Grand Complication Watch and The Space Traveller’s Watch that Daniel’s designed to aid people going on package tours to the moon!

Sotheby’s Auction of the George Daniels Horological Collection will take place in London on November 6, 2012.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on October 21, 2012.