Was it worth quitting his job for? Well, if you had asked George Daniels straight after seeing the first pocket watch Roger made, he might have said no. Roger can remember George being “quite cheesed off” after he saw it, sending him straight back to the mainland, tail between his legs, to try again. This time Roger was determined to not only improve the watch but grow his skills, and the most obvious way to do that was to make a more complicated watch.
There is a plethora of complications that he could have chosen from. Since his first watch already contained a working tourbillon, the next logical progression, to Roger, was to make a watch with both a tourbillion and a perpetual calendar. It can take years of study and intense tutelage at some of the most established watchmaking schools to even be given the opportunity to construct a perpetual calendar. Roger was determined to start from scratch again, hand build every component, finish it and put it all together to a standard that Daniels would be impressed by.
While the first watch may have taken just over a year to complete, this next one was bound to take even longer. In the end, it took him the best part of five years from start to finish, learning completely new skills and relearning others, to a much higher level. To facilitate this step-up in production quality, Roger was allowed to move his workshop inside the house. Now that he was able to take over an unused room, his work was a bit more secure and a lot more comfortable.