“He wanted to build watches that kept better time than any in the 500 years before.  The general public was happy, from the late 1960s, with quartz models that lost, on average, two or three seconds a month.  But Mr Daniels was determined to show that a mechanical watch could beat them.  In the mid-1970s he made a double-escapement watch for Mr Clutton which, over 32 days, lost less than a second.  His happiness at beating quartz came close to his boyhood joy when a wall-clock he had mended magnificently exploded, springs and glass everywhere, as the family ate their bread and jam at the supper table.”

Advertisements