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    Default George Daniels - All in Good Time - Reprinted!


    Just thought I would alert the readers that George Daniels' autobiography "All in Good Time" was revised and reprinted this month. I have been trying to acquire this book for a few years with no luck. I was able to preorder a copy and it arrived last night. I beleive the biggest change is the inclusion of photos of every watch he ever made, presumably the result of the retrospective earlier this year in London.

    With the exchange rate as miserable as it is, it becomes a somewhat expensive book, about $70 with the postage, however it is hardbound and printed on glossy paper, so not terribly overpriced.

    I ordered through Shenton Books in the UK, but it may be available elsewhere.

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    Default George Daniels - All in Good Time - Reprinted! (By: Jere Mihalov)

    Nearly six years ago when the first edition of the Daniels autobiography was published I wrote a bookreview for the NAWCC bulletin on the text.

    CAUTION The text belaow is for the FIRST edition, the current (2nd) edition reportedly is described as enhanced. I have not seen it yet. Can anybody provide a comaprison. What is new compared to the original, except more pictuires of the unique Daniels watches.
    REVIEW 1st edition:

    Reviewed by Fortunat Mueller-Maerki (New Jersey)

    “All in Good Time”, Reflections of a Watchmaker

    by George Daniels,

    Published by the Author, Isle of Man (UK), 2000, limited first printing; softcover, 159 pages & numerous plates; available through horological booksellers and at the NAWCC lending library.

    While many readers of these pages will be familiar with this author, a few introductory remarks for the others: George Daniels is one of the few people alive today who rightfully carries the title “watchmaker” because he makes complicated, original watches of his own design completely by himself from scratch, including the case, dial, hands and movement down to every single screw. One of his previous books, “Watchmaking” (1981, republished 1998, ISBN 0 8667 497 4), is the superbly illustrated, only –and very readable- modern text describing step-by-step how to make a watch using crafts- rather than industrial-methods.

    Now, at age 76, George Daniels has published this autobiography. I always enjoy autobiographies of people I presume to know because I have read their writings, have heard them lecture a few times, and read about them continually in the press. Of course it usually turns out that one does not know the individual at all until one learns about the more private elements of his life, his childhood, his pastimes, his passions. The book is a case in point, the public George Daniels is a most creative watchmaker combining superb horological craft skills, with extraordinary creativity, and with a excellent sense for aesthetics. He appeared to me as driven maybe even obsessed with his ideas, as aloof or even somewhat arrogant in style. The autobiography does not necessarily change that perception, but it explains it: Few people know that Mr. Daniels had a very difficult childhood and youth, and that the man labeled “a national treasure” in a British TV special , and recipient of a honorary Doctorate in Science, is completely self-taught, as he could not afford an education. He had to fight all the way from abysmal poverty and ignorance to his present, highly respected role in both the horological profession and in British society, and unless you develop a certain “obsessivness and combativeness” you will just not make it.

    A substantial portion of the book is devoted To Mr. Daniels’ big passion: classic motor cars, especially Bentley race cars. He describes the cars he owned and restored lovingly, but -like most of what he did in his life- he also used this sphere of his life to make friends who would prove useful to climb up the professional and social hierarchy.

    The centerpiece of the book is the chronicle of his epic 25 year struggle to convince the worlds’ manufacturers of high grade mechanical watches – i.e. the Swiss watch industry- that the lever escapement that has dominated watchmaking for 200 years was inherently flawed, due to its need for lubrication, and the resulting change in performance over time as the oil degrades. The Daniels Co-Axial escapement, invented in 1976, overcomes that handicap. However inventing and improving his escapement was easy compared with the struggle of Mr. Daniels to get the engineers and businessmen at the helm of huge companies to accept that a lonely, self-taught, single watchmaker had achieved the single most important horological breakthrough of the century. As watch-enthusiasts know that struggle is now over, Omega launched in 2000 its first wristwatch with the Daniels co-axial escapement, which by the way is described and illustrated very nicely in the text of the book.

    “All in good time” will provide fascinating reading for all those who want to understand better what has been driving one of the greatest horological minds and craftsman of the late 20th century.
    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, -Chair NAWCC Library Com./ Editor & Publisher of BHM
    Mem.NAWCC Mus.Coll.Com. / VP, USA Sect. Antiq.Horolog.Soc.

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    Default George Daniels - All in Good Time - Reprinted! (By: Jere Mihalov)

    I haven't seen the first edition, but after reading the second edition, I can say there is an obvious new preface written by Daniels and a postscript as well. Other than the photos, I would say the text has not changed, my guess is based on errors in the text that point to photos which are now located elsewhere or in a different order/page, etc. Daniels states the the reprint was to celebrate his 80th brithday, as was the retrospective at Sotherby's, where all his watches were gathered from around the globe....


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    Default George Daniels - All in Good Time - Reprinted! (By: Jere Mihalov)

    Just got my copy of the 2nd revised copy of George Daniels autobiography, and was finally abel to compare it to the first edition, which I reviewed on this MB a few years ago.

    old ref::http://nawcc-mb.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/393600056...046000561#9046000561

    The text is virtually unchanged from theist eddition as are the many black and white illustrations that are in and go with the text. However the color plate section has been significantly expanded (from 21 to 43 plates) and all the additional plates show one of kind watches by George Daniels (including many of the experimental prototypes for the coaxial escapement) that were first brought together at his 80th birthday bash in 2006 in London. The new edition also has an index (which the first one did not have) and is hardbound with Dustjacket, while the first edition was a paperback book.

    If (like most people) you can neither afford nor find the limited edition catalog of the anniversary edition (reportedly under 100 copies produced and sold for over $1000 a piece) The second edition seems to have the majority of the Daniels watches illustrated for a fraction of the price.

    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki
    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, -Chair NAWCC Library Com./ Editor & Publisher of BHM
    Mem.NAWCC Mus.Coll.Com. / VP, USA Sect. Antiq.Horolog.Soc.

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