Lot 13
  • 13

George Daniels

150,000 - 250,000 GBP
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  • 18k yellow gold
  • diameter 42 mm
• gilt brass movement with two going-barrels engaging on a common offset centre-pinion, 60 hour duration, Daniels slim Co-Axial escapement mounted in a steel four-minute tourbillon carriage under a polished steel bridge, mono-metallic beryllium-copper two-arm balance with gold adjusting weights, free-sprung over-coil balance spring, differential screw mechanism for reserve of winding indication, Daniels compact chronograph mechanism with minute recording • silver engine-turned dial with eccentric chapter ring, roman numerals, two large interlaced subsidiary dials for constant seconds and chronograph seconds combined with minute recording, fan-form sector for power reserve indication, gold Daniels hands • case with glazed back, chronograph buttons in the band • dial signed


George Daniels Retrospective Exhibition, Exhibit No.29, Sotheby's London, 18-23 July, 2006


George Daniels, The Practical Watch Escapement, p.80 and illustrated on the cover
George Daniels, All in Good Time, p. 83, plate 36.


The movement is fully operational at the time of cataloguing, however it may benefit from a clean. Dial in very good condition. Scuffs to the case but overall in good condition. Scuffs to the glass to the dial and the display back. A complete service should be carried out by Roger W. Smith. A service of this watch will be in the region of £8,000 - 12,000 + VAT. All prices are a guide only and subject to a full strip down and inspection of the piece in the Roger W. Smith Ltd studio, Isle of Man.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a George Daniels presentation case.

This watch was the first wristwatch made by Dr. Daniels to demonstrate the suitability of the Co-Axial escapement for wristwatches. It also incorporates another Daniels' invention, his compact chronograph mechanism which was experimental at the time. This ingenious mechanism occupies the vacant space to the right of the tourbillon carriage and neatly counterpoises the state of the winding mechanism on the left. It was essential for Dr. Daniels to develop wristwatches so he could capture the imagination of the Swiss watch industry. The addition of the complex chronograph was intended to attract attention which could then be directed to the escapement.

This watch was used as part of a model Dr. Daniels built for the Basel Fair in 1986. For a further note on the model and the other watches used please see lot 22.

For another lot in this sale that also employs the Daniels compact chronograph mechanism see lot 11.