George Daniels World's Best Horologist
November 18, 2011 6:17 AM Subscribe
"When you make something as small and complex as a watch, you can't do a little and put it down and come back the next day and do a bit more. You work until you are exhausted, then pack it in for the night and start again the next day, always working to maximum capacity, or the watch wouldn't get done."
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George Daniel opened his first watch when he was five years old. He improved his acquaintance during his army service when he made extra cash repairing watches for his fellow soldiers. After the war he took night classes in horology and worked on watch repair, becoming fascinated with the works of Breguet.
In 1970, he built his first pocket watch from scratch, mastering thirty four separate crafts to do so - an unheard of feat until then. He made thirty six
more watches, each unique, each an improvement on its predecessor. He also made fifty wrist watches in conjunction with his apprentice Roger Smith
Along the way, he invented the coaxial dual escapement
, enabling gear watches to operate with a minimum of oil and putting it’s accuracy nearly on par with the battery powered quartz operations. It is considered the greatest innovation in watch gearing in 250 years and is now standard on Omega watches.
He discusses watches and other things in various videos
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George Daniels, MBE, OBE, died
last month at age eighty eight