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The protagonist of our story, George Daniels, who was from London, developed a keen interest in watches and watchmaking from an early age, although he only got into it as a career later on. He eventually aspired to improve the accuracy of mechanical watches, focusing specifically on the escapement. He sought to create a movement that could in some way eliminate the sliding friction on the pallet and that did not need lubrication on the impulse surface. As a student of horology who wanted to improve the accuracy of movements, he came to learn of the effects of this sliding friction on the escapement – which effectively caused a loss of accuracy over time. The co-axial escapement’s radial friction allowed the movement to sustain a higher level of accuracy for longer. It was used in Omega’ highest grade watch movements until they were commercialized in the late ‘90s This first commercialized co-axial escapement movement was the Omega Caliber 2500 – launched at Baselworld in 1999 in an Omega De Ville.
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