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January 18, 2020

A British ‘genius’ painstakingly made 23 pocket watches by hand in his lifetime — and one of those just sold for a whopping $1 million more than expected at auction in Geneva

One of 23 existing George Daniels pocket watches recently sold for over $2 million.

Named the “Grand Complication,” the pocket watch is one of late watchmaker George Daniels’ most complicated watch creations. According to recent reporting from Robb Report, the timepiece sold at Phillips’ Geneva Watch Auction: NINE— which took place on May 11 and May 12 — for $2.4 million. Previous reporting estimated the watch would sell for at least $1.5 million.

As predicted, the piece sold for more, exceeding expectations by nearly $1 million. Another one of George Daniels’ originals — his legendary Space Traveller pocket watch — sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London for $4.3 million in 2017. Both Sotheby’s and Phillips — alongside massive watch shows such as Baselworld — feature some of the rarest and most expensive timepieces in the world.

Over the course of his lifetime, Daniels made 27 watches total, all of them entirely by hand: 23 pocket watches and four wristwatches.

Read more about British watchmaker George Daniels, and the rare pocket watch known as the “Grand Complication,” online HERE

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