Rare George Daniels’ piece lands in Sotheby’s in bid to secure £1.2m sale

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Sotheby’s is preparing to flog four timepieces created by watchmaker George Daniels as part of its ‘Fine Timepieces including George Daniels Masterpieces’ auction. 

The sale, which is taking place in London on September 19, will be headlined by the George Daniels 1982 Space Travellers’ Watch, an 18k yellow-gold chronograph with Daniels’ independent double-wheel escapement.

Named in honour of the American moon landing in 1969, the time piece is one of only two ever-made in the style and is unique in its inclusion of a chronograph and will be offered for an estimate of £1.2m to £1.8m.

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Featuring mean-solar time and sidereal time (time reckoned from the motion of the earth relative to the distant stars, rather than with respect to the sun), the watch has a glazed case back showcasing its complex mechanism.

Other highlights by George Daniels include a Mahogany Two-Day Marine Chronometer, the first horological item made by Daniels as a trade watch repairer which will be offered with an estimate of £20,000, a Breguet replica clock and a 18k yellow-gold Millennium wristwatch, made in limited numbers and sold only to Daniels’ close family and friends (estimate £80,000 to £120,000).

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