The lot came to the auction from the personal collection of the watchmaker of the Englishman George Daniels (1926-2011), famous for the invention of the coaxial escapement. Daniels himself once said about his creation: "When you are going to Mars, do not forget to take such a watch with you."
The pocket chronograph in a yellow gold case was most likely made in 1982, but executed in the best traditions of the watchmaking art of the 19th century. The watch with a two-wheel escapement is called Space Travelers' Watch.
Space Travelers' Watch © sothebys.com
In addition to the standard display and chronographic measurements, the watch shows average solar and sideral time, has the function of an annual calendar, the equations of time and moon phases. Long before Space Travelers' Watch, Daniels created a similar model of pocket watches, but much more complex and expensive, which he had to sell to one of the collectors. In memory of that masterpiece, the watchmaker made another one and often wore it himself on a double chain of yellow gold.
The total cost of £ 3.2m was almost three times the estimate of £ 1.2m - £ 1.8m. As a result, Space Travelers' Watch became the most expensive English watch.>