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Removing Hairsprings

From The American Horologist magazine, May, 1937

Removing Hairsprings

The removal of hairspring is very simple and can be removed and replaced without any particular risk by having a small steel wire fastened in a small handle, the end of the wire flattened out and the edges squared, and by inserting this end in the hairspring collet slot and raising it with a slight twist on the handle, quickly and easily removes the spring without danger. 

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