Lot 23
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Hamilton Watch Co

1,000 - 1,500 GBP
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  • stainless steel and leather strap
  • diameter 32 mm
• cal. 2892A2 nickel ETA movement, mono-metallic balance, 21 jewels, slim Co-Axial escapement • silvered dial, arabic numerals, aperture for date • polished case with snap-on case back • movement signed


George Daniels Retrospective Exhibition, Exhibit No.31, Sotheby's London, 18-23 July, 2006


George Daniels, All in Good Time, p. 98 - 100, plate 38.


The movement is fully operational at the time of cataloguing, however it may benefit from a service soon. Dial with scuff between 8 and 9 but overall in good condition. Case with some scuffs.
"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."

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Catalogue Note

This is the first watch produced by ETA after Dr. Daniels signed the contract with them to industrialise the Co-Axial escapement in 1994/5.
It was through meeting Kilian Eisenegger Dr. Daniels' association with the firm, ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse the biggest maker of movements in Switzerland, began. Dr. Daniels met the young watchmaker on one of his many visits to Switzerland. He had been very intrigued by the Co-Axial escapement and had visited Dr. Daniels' workshop, on the Isle of Man, in the mid-1980s. Several meeting with the company followed and after much negotiation agreement was reached to develop the co-axial for commercial manufacture.  
The research and development department set about designing the manufacturing the tools necessary to produce the escapement. The components were eventually made and complete movements were fitted into watches and given to staff and Dr. Daniels himself for testing. It took two years to prepare the tools and a further two years of testing before the first movement was ready.