At first a short explanation about the missleading therm "swiss fake" its not a watch which pretend to be a swiss watch. Pocket watch collecors use this term for movements made in switzerland and lead to beleave that they have english or american orgin. This depends on the history. In former times, especially in the first half on the 19 century the main number of excellent watches were build in england. Their reputation precedes them.
I was very surprised to find this watch within the bay:
on the first sight a typical swiss watch around 1880..sold in england by a Roskell ??? ..hmmm ..not really a design for the english market. On the second sight I get more curious:
A Georges Favre-Jacot case with Roskell Liverpool on the dustcover ??? Crazy ..you should know the Roskells (father and son) have been excellent chronometermakers and their position was definetly in the first row of watchmakers their times. Crazy - Gf-J. definetly a "must have" and here is the movement:
No doupt possible (balance/escapement). It's a complete 15 jewel swiss lever movement. The number and the case own identical numbers only the nmber of the dial don't match but there is still writen "Robert Roskell" on the dustcover. Beyond the line: A swiss fake for the continental market to use the british reputation. AS usual for G F -J. the quality is typical for him in this aera and its not just a terrible swiss fake. It is just another "normal grade" Georges Favre-Jaot.
Is it tinker ....I don't believe this. Here are two destroyed movements:
The left one is Georges Favre Jacot signed, out of a komplete GF-J watch with a identical case number for the russia market. The other one is now a spare part for the first one and I found of course listen as a roskell movement. Funny with this senceless glasbeats swiss watchmakers like for decoration. I did never believe that my watchmaker was able to reconstruct the GFJ watch but now we've got the wheels and some stones are a cinch for him (of course nit for me). The only difference to the movement above is the lever ligne droite but Jacot uses both.
The single swiss "Roskell" movement also shows different numbers on the dial: