George Thomas grew up as an adventurous, traveling Jack of all trades. Originally from Czech Slovakia, Thomas decided to leave his home country in 1948 for a land of more opportunity. A skilled watchmaker by trade, Thomas planned an intercontinental move to a place where he was promised work at the biggest watch store in the country: Panama. His mother had Austrian friends in Panama who promised Thomas a job once he made the move. Thomas took a job as a repairer and builder of fine watches – a profession he kept for just short of three years. In search of greater adventure, he left Panama for America. From the moment he set foot on United States soil, Thomas held a wide variety of professions from real estate brokerage to water treatment and back to watchmaking & repair. Excelling at every position he took, he was quick to move onto better opportunities as they arose. Throughout his journey, he persistently fine-tuned his watchmaking skills. After over 40 years of professional career shifts all across the country, Thomas ended up in a Baltimore suburb where he dedicated his time to repairing and restoring old watches, some upward of 200-500 years old. In 1995, Thomas – an avid sailor as well – found himself on a day trip to Annapolis, docking in the same bay and sitting at the same bar as Hartwig Balke. The rest is history.