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The regular is turned to extreme, and the hairspring is yanked clear out of the watch hard enough that it actually broke. It's harder than one might think to break a pocketwatch hairspring, it's steel after all. This damage took significant force.
This happened a number of years ago. The owner paid for the additional repair, but maintained ignorance of what had happened throughout.
This watch appears fine though. It is also said that once the crystal has turned green/yellow, it is no longer de-gasing, after all those decades. I don't know. But glass crystals do show off the dial more and are getting harder to find.
I advice people to replace the plastic ones, while you can.
This was a very popular Elgin product.
See the whole album for this project here.
I do find though that the balance cock does not sit securely flat. It wants to rock a little. There are two divots cut into the plate from some past repair (to raise the balance cock, likely because the upper pivots on the staff were too big for the upper jewel).
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