A British ‘genius’ painstakingly made 23 pocket watches entirely by hand in his lifetime, and one of those watches is about to head to auction

A British ‘genius’ painstakingly made 23 pocket watches entirely by hand in his lifetime, and one of those watches is about to head to auction

captionThe watch comes on a yellow gold double-link chain.sourcePhillips
The upcoming Phillips watch auction in Geneva,
will feature a rare pocket watch known as the “Grand
Complication,” according to Robb Report.

18-karat gold watch is one of 23 pocket watches
handmade by late British watchmaker George Daniels during his
60-year career.

The report estimates the piece will sell for
at least
$1.5 million in May.

One of 23 existing George Daniels pocket watches will soon
head to auction.

Named the “Grand Complication,” the pocket watch is one of
late watchmaker George Daniels’
most complicated watch creations. According to
recent reporting from Robb Report, the timepiece will be sold
at Phillips’ Geneva Watch
Auction: NINE – which takes place on May 11 and May 12 – for
an estimated $1.5 million.

However, the piece will likely sell for more, according to
the report. Another one of George Daniels’ originals – his
Space Traveller pocket watch – sold at a Sotheby’s auction in
London for
$4.3 million in 2017. Both Sotheby’s and Phillips – alongside
massive watch shows such as Baselworld – feature some of
the rarest and most expensive timepieces in the world.

Over the course of his lifetime, Daniels made 27 watches total, all of them
entirely by hand: 23 pocket watches and four wristwatches.

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captionGeorge Daniels completing a timepiece in his Isle of Man home workshop in 2010, a year before he died.sourceColin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images

George Daniels is perhaps best known for
creating the co-axial escapement, an invention adopted by
Swiss watchmaking powerhouse Omega and considered the greatest
advancement in design since the

A self-taught, independent watchmaker and former
Master of the Clockmakers’ Company of London, Daniels began
fixing friends’ watches as a teenager in the army. With his army
stipend, Daniels opened his own repair shop, where he would later
design the first of his famed watches – a feat that took him two

Daniels made his watches alone and completely by hand. Most
watchmakers – even highly regarded ones – require assistance and
never claim to make every component; Daniels was one of the
few who could construct an entire timepiece, each considered a
work of

Robb Report quoted
Phillips watch specialist and head of sales Alexandre
Ghotbi, who said the rarity of independent watchmakers’
makes their pieces more popular. Additionally,
Bloomberg recently noted that some of the best new watches
from this month’s Baselworld show
came from independent watchmakers – craftsmen like

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