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Removing a Roller Table

This is an accessory for the staking set, use to remove the roller table from the balance assembly.  I was at a jewelry shop once that did watch repair.  They had a small display of antique, old-timey, watchmakers' tools.  The display included this very set I have, for roller tables.  I thought that was funny, I use this tool every week.  In a modern mechanical watch, they would replace the entire balance assembly.  A good one, all pre-adjusted, would be available from the factory.

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