Daniels, George

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George Daniels was an English watchmaker and inventor.

Master watchmaker

George Daniels (19 August 1926 - 21 October 2011), from the Isle of Man, England, became famous as inventor of the co-axial escapement, which since 1999 is used by Omega, first in a smaller, then in a larger number of high-quality wristwatches. He was one of the few watchmakers who could manufacture a complete watch in full handwork alone.

Daniels was a master of the ancient watchmaker association Clockmakers' Company, founded 1631 in London, from which he received a rare gold medal as award for his outstanding service.

After he had discovered his passion for the famous French watchmaker and inventor Abraham-Louis Breguet, he wrote a standard work about him, which was published in 1974.

Besides of his watch enthusiasm he was a motor racer and collector of classic cars, mainly Bentleys.



  • Watches, Clutton, Cecil and George Daniels, B. T. Batsford, Ltd., London, 1965
  • English and American Watches, George Daniels, 1966
  • The Art of Breguet, George Daniels, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 1974 ISBN 0-85667-004-9
  • Watchmaking, George Daniels, Sotheby's, London, 1981 ISBN 0-85667-150-9 (Ausgabe 2002: ISBN 0-85667-497-4)
  • The Practical Watch Escapement, George Daniels, Isle of Man, 1994
  • All in good time : reflections of a watchmaker, George Daniels, Isle of Man (UK), 2000