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An Elgin Grade 82 With a Difficult Stem

I had a very hard time getting this movement out of its case.  The stem, or winding arbor, is hand made and was not completely square and straight at the inside end.  It was so jammed in the movement that I near gave up getting the movement out of the case (without breaking something).

The square end, in the photo, is the part that passes into the movement.  The other end attaches to the crown.

Re-shaping the square portion a bit took care of the problem for the next person that disassembles this watch.

This grade 82 is an 18 size movement, lever-set, with 15 jewels (on this one).

Made about 1889...







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