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Gunk

I've noted in a few post here about burs raised under the balance cock to change it's height...  

Well on this 18 size Elgin movement I found some sort of rubbery gunk under there, probably there for the same purpose.  I'm not sure what it is.  

Glue?  Rubber cement?
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