George Daniels Watch Sale Blows Away Estimates

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.
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In-Depth: The George Daniels 35th Anniversary Watch


The momentous announcement has been made by Roger W. Smith:  the first George Daniels 35th Anniversary Watch has been delivered!  Roger W. Smith is co-creator of the watch and protege of the late Dr. George Daniels (1926-2011).   The realization of this watch and its announcement in particular comes almost precisely one year following the passing of modern day watchmaking legend Dr. George Daniels; it is the culmination of a vision that Daniels approached Roger W. Smith with in 2009 and was announced to the world in 2010.  But sadly, it was a vision that the great Daniels would not live to see come to life:  in the fall of 2011, just three weeks after giving his approval for the prototype of the Anniversary Watch that he and Roger W. Smith had uncompromisingly and painstakingly worked on for two years, Dr. George Daniels passed away.

And so it was Roger W. Smith, up to then in close collaboration with George Daniels but now without, who pressed on with the daunting task of finishing the special Anniversary watch, a watch envisioned to commemorate the 35 year anniversary of the invention that made George Daniels forever famous in the world of high watchmaking — the co-axial escapement.  The Daniels Anniversary Watch will now undoubtedly also be seen as a commemoration of the life of George Daniels.

Yes, you may have seen live pics already, but rest assured you haven’t seen a full break down on this watch like Perpetuelle delivers now.  In particular you don’t want to miss our special look at the escapement in the watch (hint: it’s not quite what you think it might be).  We’ve got all the details, on the jump.
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Reflecting On George Daniels: An Interview and An Auction

Yesterday, October 21, 2012, marked the one year anniversary of the passing of horological genius Dr. George Daniels.   In many ways, Daniels left behind a profound impact on the art of watchmaking.  He is one of if not “the” defining watchmaker of the 20th century.  And on this occasion, I would like to bring to your attention two important matters related to George Daniels.  First, just published, a very rare and revealing interview from December 2009, conducted by Mr. Constantin Stikas.  Second, a preview of the upcoming sale (November 6) by Sotheby’s of “The George Daniels Horlogical Collection.”  There’s never been a better time to learn about and appreciate the late Dr. George Daniels and his contributions to horology.
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