THE CO-AXIAL ESCAPEMENT SO IMPORTANT?

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THE CO-AXIAL ESCAPEMENT SO IMPORTANT?

Post by koimaster » March 20th 2021, 10:44pm

We’ve talked about George Daniels before, the man who is lauded as the best modern watchmaker and has been honoured many times over for his horological achievements. One thing we haven’t gone into in too much detail is his crowning achievement: the co-axial escapement. Apart from the facts behind his creation, however, the question we ask is of the co-axial escapement’s true impact. Moreover, regarding its impact in the context of the developments of the many other types of escapements that came before it. Thus, we need to answer: why was the co-axial escapement so important?

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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