Email Updates

Be first in line for all
of the latest products,
offers and trends.

Please contact us if you have problems seeing this image
Share Pullout
Sales & Service 01384 721 555
Inventor of Omega Watches Co-axial Escarpment Dies

English watchmaker George Daniels passed away on October 21st aged 85. Daniels is credited with creating the co-axial escapement that many considered one of the most significant advances in watch design in nearly over 250 years. Omega watches adopted the movement in 1999.

Daniels worked for many years as a restorer of vintage Breguet watches before moving on to the production of his own watches. His first timepiece a gold and silver one-minute pivoted-detent chronometer tourbillion, sold recently at an auction in the United States for $285,000.

The Co-axial mechanism now used in many models of Omega watches eliminated sliding friction within the watch by removing the sliding of the pallet stones over the teeth of the escape wheel. Omega Watches commercialised the escapement in 1999 when it introduced the first mass-produced watch incorporating the technology.

By utilizing radial friction instead of sliding friction at the impulse surfaces, the co-axial escapement significantly reduces friction, theoretically resulting in longer service intervals and greater accuracy over time.

Daniels was awarded an MBE in 1981 and with a further honour of a CBE for his services to horology in 2010.

Picture Credit: Professional Jeweller Magazine

Related news articles

Luxury brand Omega is the latest watch manufacturer to offer fans a downloadable application for their IPhones.

Read More

The leading stars of US television crime drama Castle have been pictured wearing OMEGA watches.

Read More

Watch Hut fans with plans to walk down the aisle may be pleased to know they can emulate the Prince's Royal Wedding wristwear with an OMEGA Seamaster Professional watch, which accompanied the scarlet

Read More

There are few watch brands that can claim they have truly reached for the stars. One that can make this mighty claim is Omega watches.

Read More