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Elgin Grade 345, Broken Mainspring

This watch was one I serviced early last year.  It came back with a broken mainspring.  That happens, there no way to predict it.  Mainsprings, especially steel ones, are the most "wearable" component in a watch by far.  If they don't break, they will eventually "set" and lose their springiness.

This is a 12 size Elgin, 17 jewels, made about 1927.
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