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A Nice Elgin Wristwatch

This man's Elgin watch belonged to a woman's father. She regularly wears it. The style of many vintage men's watches work well for women today. I suppose there is some irony in this in that for a long time, prior the WWII, wristwatches were considered overly feminine by many men.

The owner reported that the watch had been to a jeweler a couple of times but still did not run well.

I found an issue with the hairspring , and improper oil - much too much here, none there.
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