Daniel Gom was born in 1594 and is believed to have been of either Swiss or Polish origin. He moved to Lyon where he was married in 1629 and was later appointed clockmaker to the city. Gom constructed a four dial clock for the city of Autun and, in Lyon, restored the city's cathedral clock which had previously been destroyed. In later life he appears to have succumbed to drink and Gom was dismissed in 1665. See Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français,
For another watch by Daniel Gom, also in the form of a sea urchin, see: Sotheby's Geneva, 11 May 2008, lot 80.