Dr. George Daniels, CBE, DSc, FBHI, FSA (19 August 1926 – 21 October 2011) is considered by many to have been the finest horologist in the world during his lifetime.
Dr. Daniels famous for inventing the Co-axial Escapement, which was possibly also his proudest, introducing new ideas to watchmaking and reinventing the mechanical watch escapement . This has been used by Swiss manufacturer Omega in their highest-grade watches since 1999. George Daniels was one of the few modern watchmakers who could create a complete watch by hand, including the movement, case and dial. To achieve this, he had to master the thirty-two individual disciplines which are required to make a watch.
During his career, George Daniels completed 27 watches and throughout he applied himself relentlessly to the major task of redesigning the mechanical watch escapement to compete and, in the long term, outperform, the quartz watch which had threatened its future.
The greatest watchmaker in living memory fortunately for anyone interested in watchmaking produced without doubt the best textbook for any aspiring watchmaker – George Daniels Watchmaking.
Considered by many to be the best horologist in the world during his lifetime, George Daniels can legitimately be described as the father of modern horology. Watch as Sotheby’s specialists and other leaders in the watch world discuss the watchmaker and his art.
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