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Creative Dial Attachment

Older watches have dial pins.  The dial has posts on the back that stick through the plate.  A tapered brass pin then fits snug through a hole in each post, holding the dial in place.

This 18 size Elgin M. D. Ogden model from the late 1880s.  It has dial foot pins, or it should have...Someone replaced the pins on this watch twists of fine wire.  That's a new one on me.  I made three replacement pins to re-install the dial correctly. 

 This is the sort of thing you run into with old watches that have seen countless repairs.  It's always something.

Here's the wires. 
A brand new tapered pin...
And the dial is now installed correctly.


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