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Roskopf Cuervo y Sobrinos pocket watch
This is an old Roskopf pocket watch given to me by one of the finest musicians in Havana, Cuba and treasured ever since. It still functions perfectly even though it has had better days.
n 1860 G.F. Roskopf began to design a watch that could be sold for 20 Swiss francs (then a week’s pay of an unskilled laborer) and still be of excellent quality, simple and solid. He called this watch “montre proletaire” (laborer’s watch). At first, Roskopf met indifference and hostility among the watchmakers of the area, who were still working as a home industry and who did not wish to make a watch, suitable for mass production. It is said, that in 1866 Roskopf ordered two boxes of ebauches (= raw watch movements) from Emile Roulet and asked Gustave Rosselet to make escapements. Both refused to take his orders.
He finally succeeded in producing his watch in 1867. The original order to MALLERAY was 2,000 watches. By the end of 1867 he was in business and by 1870 he had ordered 20,000 ebauches.
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