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A RARE YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND DANIELS SLIM CO-AXIAL ESCAPEMENT MILLENNIUM 1999, NO. HJM
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A RARE YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND DANIELS SLIM CO-AXIAL ESCAPEMENT MILLENNIUM 1999, NO. HJM
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George Daniels
A RARE YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND DANIELS SLIM CO-AXIAL ESCAPEMENT MILLENNIUM 1999, NO. HJM
• automatic gilt brass movement, slim Co-Axial escapement, mono-metallic free-sprung balance, gold guilloché rotor, the movement plate with eccentric outer rim engraved with foliate decoration • silvered engine-turned dial, yellow gold Daniels hands, eccentric yellow gold chapter ring for time display with roman numerals, yellow gold date ring with arabic numerals, silver cartouches on either side signed Daniels London • winding crown positioned between 7 and 8 o'clock, sapphire crystal display back • case, dial and movement signed  • case hallmarked for London 1999, maker's mark GD • with a yellow gold George Daniels buckle
diameter 37 mm
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a hand written letter from George Daniels dated April 2000 and presentation case.

Designed by George in 1997, this watch marque houses some of the first co-axial movements off the Omega production line and is the culmination of a lifetime’s work by George to convince a reluctant Swiss watch industry that his escapement was the future for mechanical timekeeping. 

The mechanism was heavily modified by George and me in his Riversdale studio and was one of sixty pieces made over a three year period.

In the design of the Millennium wristwatch George transposed the aesthetics of his pocket watches into this wrist watch perfectly. By offsetting the mechanism within the case and artfully adding a calendar complication into the position normally reserved for the offset seconds, George created a wonderfully balanced dial and a perfectly realised wrist watch.

From my perspective, the Millennium watch was our first, but penultimate, collaboration, which would conclude with our Anniversary watch which George sealed with his approval just months before his death in October 2011.

[The above extract was written by Roger Smith]

The Millennium series with slim Co-Axial escapement was so named and made to commemorate the start of the new millennium.

The objective of the Co-Axial escapement - invented by George Daniels in the mid 1970s - was to improve the long-term performance of the mechanical watch. The escapement is virtually without sliding friction which means that, unlike the conventional lever escapement, the rate is unaffected by the viscosity of the lubricant.

Initially Dr. Daniels had planned to only make a dozen Millennium watches in order to satisfy friends. However it transpired that the popularity and eager anticipation of such a watch meant that finally, a limited edition was made; comprising: 47 pieces in yellow gold and 7 pieces in white gold.

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