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Watchmaker honoured for services

George Daniels
George Daniels has created 'beautiful pieces of horology'

An 83-year-old watchmaker in the Isle of Man has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

George Daniels MBE, from Ramsey, is appointed CBE for services to horology, the science of making timepieces.

Regarded as one of the world's finest horologists, he invented a device which has been adopted by international watch manufacturers.

He has also won numerous awards including the Gold Medal of the Clockmakers Company.

'Inspiration to many'

In 2006 Sotheby's held a Retrospective Exhibition to celebrate his work, examples of which are also displayed in the British Museum and the Clockmakers Museum.

Horologist Roger Smith, who owns a watchmaking business on the Isle of Man, said Mr Daniels has "true mastery of his art".

Having worked under him and learnt from him for a number of years, Mr Smith said: "George is widely regarded as the world's leading watchmaker having created some of the most forward-thinking, practical and beautiful pieces of horology.

"I believe he has made a contribution to horology as valuable as the early English pioneers of the 17th and 18th Centuries.

"Alongside his watchmaking activities he has managed to find time to spread his knowledge of horology through his writing and lecturing and has been the inspiration to many a watchmaker around the world."

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