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Identification of Balance Staffs

One for the watchmakers...

A common problem with antique parts is that whatever identification they had has been lost over time.  A box of random parts has little value if they can not be identified. 

There were some momentary interruptions in the availability of the Elgin production data website as I updated it with a new feature.  There is now a tool for looking up and identifying unknown balance staffs by their dimensions.

[UPDATE: I corrected this URL, sorry...]


There are a handful of makes I have yet to include, but will soon.  The data will also improve otherwise, over time.  The database includes about a thousand balance staff measurements.  
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