George Daniels Space Travellers’ Watch
Sold: $2.125 million (pre-auction estimate: $640k – $960k)
It was a huge day in London today at the George Daniels Horological Collection Sale, hosted by Sotheby’s. Almost without exception, every single lot that sold went for an amount higher than its pre-auction estimate, including the top lot of the auction which was a Daniels pocketwatch. Three Daniels pocketwatches brought $1 million+. 4 of the top 5 lots were Daniels pieces, one a wristwatch. The few pieces that did not exceed their pre-auction estimate range were not Daniels pieces (there were several lots not directly affiliated with the late Daniels). Some of George Daniels’s pieces — pocketwatches and wristwatches — went for more than 2x their pre-auction estimate. All in all, the sale was a fitting tribute to the late Dr. Daniels and a testament to the value of his work in the eye of collectors. A run down of the top 5 lots — and one of my personal favorites — is below.