Millennium | Yellow gold
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Dr. George Daniels is recognised as one of the greatest watchmakers of the 20th Century. In 1981 he received an MBE for his services to horology, along with a CBE in 2010 - the first watchmaker ever to receive such an honor.
This rare and important Daniels Millennium wristwatch, made as the first collaboration between George Daniels and his apprentice Roger W. Smith, is one of only 47 pieces produced in yellow-gold. The Millennium series was so named to commemorate the start of the new millennium. It came as a full-set, with box and papers, including the paperwork authored and signed by George Daniels. This piece was completed in 2000, and delivered in January 2001 by George Daniels himself to the original owner.
Tribute to the co-axial escapement
The co-axial was devised in the early 1970s and patented in 1980, with its design based on a series of experimental escapements, that started in 1969. The inception of the Millenium came about as a means to celebrate the acceptance of Daniels' Co-axial escapement by the Swiss watch industry - with the Millennium using the first Omega movements to contain the escapement. The mechanism was heavily modified by George Daniels and Roger W. Smith in the former's Riversdale atelier, and was one of the very few pieces made over a three year period.
The Co-Axial was designed to improve the mechanisms’ long term performance by radically changing the nature of its inner workings. The Co-Axial was the first practical invention since the lever escapement, created by Thomas Mudge in 1755, thus representing an important advancement in the dynamics of the watch. By re-designing the function of the components during impulse, the Co-Axial escapement operates without sliding friction. As a consequence, unlike a conventional watch, the rate is unaffected by the viscosity of lubricants, which can vary constantly with temperature, humidity, and age.
A very early example
Sized at 37mm, the 18-carat yellow-gold case features straight lugs and a rounded, stepped bezel. The case-back is engraved, as well as bearing the traditional and maker's own hallmarks. The case has sapphire glass on the front and back.
The sterling silver, round dial has an outer chapter of hand-engraved, black minute markers - with a trench separating it from a second brushed chapter, displaying black Roman numeral, hour-markers. The centre of the dial occupies yet another, deeper section, with hand-turned, basket-work pattern. A cartouche at eight o'clock and five o’clock references “DANIELS” and “LONDON” in black engraving.
Every part of a Daniels watch is individually hand-finished; including the slender, yellow-gold Daniels hands, which were painted black at the request of the original client, in order to improve legibility. This modification was carried out subsequently, after delivery, as confirmed by Roger W. Smith.
The self-winding movement is finished in the English style, with gilded plates and blued screws. Equipped with arguably the greatest British contribution to watchmaking; the Co-Axial Escapement, the movement is assured of outstanding time-keeping and long-term reliability. Performance is maintained by the 18-carat gold guilloche winding weight, contained within a highly-decorated outer plate.
This watch was completed in 2000, as indicated by the inscription XX00 on the caseback, which bears the initials of the original owner. It comes with its box and papers, including archival photographs, an instruction manual and paperwork, authored and signed by George Daniels. It comes on our Marrakesh tan saffiano strap, and is accompanied by its original George Daniels black alligator strap and gold buckle.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Movement:||automatic-winding hand-made with Omega co-axial|
|Functions:||date, hours, minutes, centre-seconds|
|Features:||sterling silver dial, display back, gold hands|
|Case:||37 mm 18-carat yellow gold|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Strap:||Marrakesh tan saffiano strap, black alligator strap from George Daniels with gold tang buckle|
|Box & papers:||
full-set, with box and papers (including archival photographs, instruction manual and paperwork authored and signed by George Daniels)
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