Roger W. Smith George Daniels Anniversary | yellow gold

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Brand: George Daniels & Roger W. Smith
Model: George Daniels Anniversary Watch
Movement: manual-winding
Case material: 18-carat yellow gold
Case size: 40 mm
Crystal: sapphire
Strap: black alligator strap
Functions: Date, Power Reserve, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: hand-engraved dial, display back
To Note: Number 4 of 35

This exceptionally rare and important, hand-made Daniels Anniversary watch, made as a collaboration between George Daniels himself and his apprentice Roger W. Smith, is the fourth piece to have been made and was completed and delivered in February 2013. It comes as a full set with box and papers, including paperwork signed by George Daniels, which only the early examples came with.  

As the only approved pre-owned retailer for Roger W. Smith in the world, we are very proud to offer this beautiful example to the market. With a production run of only 35 pieces, this is certainly a very rare opportunity to acquire an Anniversary piece.  

The inception of the watch came about as a means to celebrate the hand-made independent watchmaking philosophy that George Daniels espoused, 35 years after the invention of his famous co-axial escapement. At the time in 2008, George wanted to create an entirely new watch with 35 pieces to mark the Anniversary, made entirely on the Isle of Man. For this, he sought the help of his then heir apparent, Roger W. Smith, who designed and made the pieces.

Sized at 40mm in an 18 carat yellow gold case, it features straight lugs and a rounded stepped bezel. The Daniels Anniversary adopts a symmetrical dial layout, with a calendar sub-dial on the bottom left and a sub-seconds on the bottom right. Sitting below 12 o’clock, there is a fan-shaped power reserve indicator. The dial is silver and hand engine-turned, combining two different patterns to both create legibility and add depth to the dial. 18 carat gold chapters are inserted into the recesses of the dial, distinguishing the different sub-dials with the numerals and markers on the gold rings hand-engraved and filled with black ink. Finishing the watch off, with the exception of the hour hand that features a characteristically Daniels pointed arrow, simple 18 carat gold stick hands are used.  

The movement is quintessentially Daniels in design, with form and function placed above all else. This was something that George Daniels highly valued; a purist in the technicality of watchmaking, which can be seen by the deceptively simple aesthetic of the construction. Of course, the movement is equipped with a single wheel Daniels Co-Axial escapement which in this style, was conceived by Roger Smith. The understated nature of the movement is finished off by the gold frosted finishing, a style favoured traditionally by the famous watchmakers of Britain. All numbering and lettering are hand engraved, capping off what is a truly hand-made and pure piece of horology, celebrating the relationship of perhaps two of the greatest watchmakers of our times.

This Daniels Anniversary comes with its original black alligator strap and impressive matching 18 carat gold deployant-clasp that was designed in the Isle of Man and made in Hatton Gardens in London. 

To find out more from the man himself, watch our most recent interview with Roger W. Smith, where he explains the Daniels Anniversary in depth.

The Monaco, hand-made watch box featured in our interview with Roger W. Smith is available through Ivar London.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

Year: Delivered February 2013
Condition: A+
Warranty: 12 month full
Box: original box 
Paperwork: original paperwork signed by George Daniels and Roger W. Smith
Availability: now
UK Delivery: free next day
Overseas delivery: free 2-3 working days
Returns: 14 days
Price: U/D

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