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This is really exceptional though. I don't think I have seen anything like this in the over 10 years I've been shipping watches.
I send and receive multiple packages every week. Normally USPS does an exceptional job in my experience.
It's missing a crystal (aren't they all?) but likely I found one (one and only one) in my remaining inventory. Hunter crystals are vanishing from the world. I wish I could impress on people just how fragile they are. They are literally like eggshells.
Hunter cases, with a front cover, are not more durable than open face cases, quite the opposite in fact.
The balance cock was pretty damaged from prior repairs. The threads on the stud screw were stripped and so someone put in a larger screw with a very uneven, worn out slot - very difficult to turn...
Then the hairspring was damaged too, bent at the stud and a cracked collet. I just replaced the spring assembly altogether. These smaller Elgins are so difficult to get going.
See the whole album for this project here.
Find more content about vintage watches here.
Later American pocketwatches are interesting to work on because of how refined the designs are. Springs that needed to be stronger finally are. The steel seems higher quality. On this watch the difference between lever-set and stem set has been significantly simplified, no doubt reducing costs.
album for this project here.
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