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All in Good Time: Reflections of a Watchmaker by [Daniels, George]
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About the Author

George Daniels, CBE, HON DSC, FSA, FCGI, FBHI, FAWI was a practising horologist with over fifty years experience in both antiquarian and modern watchmaking, and was a pastmaster of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. Amongst his awards for his contribution to the art and science of watchmaking - including the design of his own escapements - were the Tompion Gold Medal, The British Horological Institute Gold Medal, The City and Guilds of London Gold Medal, The Arts Sciences and Learning Award of the City of London and the Victor Kullberg Medal of the Stockholm Watchmakers Guild.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11260 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers; 1 edition (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFXB0XS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I would challenge anyone not to be gripped by this biography, whether or not they are interested in horology, precision engineering, or motoring. George Daniels' whole life is one of dogged persistence against so many odds. Thank God he was sustained by his many good friends (and customers/collectors) who recognised genius and quality in everything he did.

An inspiration to any budding self made man.
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This book is an excellent read but being a working horologist it was interesting to me as I have known of his work all my life. I think this book would be interesting to anybody with a mechanical interest and probably an inspiration to many.
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Single mindedness, self belief, and a touch of genius. Great illustration of how you can, when nobody is there to tell you you can't.
Entertaining and informative. A first class read
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What an amazing man !! If you want to be inspired I recommend this book - it is not just watches but also his interest in Bentleys etc. Just shows how one can rise up the ladder from below the lowest rung. Please read.....
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A fantastic book about an incredible man. A book that is difficult to put down. A good read and does not get bog down with too much technical detail.
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George Daniels was a man who rose from the most humble of beginnings to become a watchmaker of outstanding intellect and crushing ability. On being told that something was impossible he would regretfully agree, go away, ponder the problem and do it anyway. His descriptions of his creation of his handmade pocket watches are a joy to read. His description of the tribulations he faced getting his coaxial escapement accepted by the Swiss watchmaking industry makes one shake ones head at the shortsightedness of manufacturers.
In the event, Omega took up the escapement, which enables a mechanical watch to keep time as well as a quartz movement and also will not require attention for 25 years, if then.
At the same time he produced some very well respected books on the work of Breguet and, in his spare time(!) restored and raced Bentleys.
In conclusion, it has to be said that the picture is not all positive, he could be an out and out curmudgeon, but I can forgive such a man a lot.
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Excellent book - very interesting as he was a man who started out in very humble circumstances - but was a genius in his field. I am not a Horologist but my late husband was and he was actually in the same class as George Daniels at college. He told me how wonderful his work was even in those early days - his drawings were second to none.

Although they were not close companions just colleagues in the same class my husband felt it was a great privilege to have worked alongside such a very gifted man. I am sure that there is not a 'George Daniels' born every year - sadly.

Great book - great title
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I am not in the watch and clock business but my imagination was fired by Daniels' "co-axial" escapement. In fact after the first flush of Omega co-axial watches (limited edition, very pricey) I bought one of the much cheaper production models which I drool over rather than wear. It is a great pity that the window in the back does not allow a close inspection of the Daniels escapement. Anyway the book arrived - was unpacked- and I read 52 pages before I could put it down. Absolutely superb. A human story is told with nothing technical up to page 52! . Now its time for a hot drink then back to the book.
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