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An Elgin Grade 148, with a Winding and Setting Problem

I spent a lot of time today working on the Elgin serial number database website, so I went to this watch because I thought I could get through it relatively quickly.  It didn't seem to have any problems.

No so fast...

The setting lever spring rubs on the main wheel, causing rough winding and setting.  It would probably eventually lead to a broken tooth on the gear too.  I spent some time checking that these parts were correct for this grade.  There are other Elgin grades with the same mechanism, but it's possible that the parts are not exactly the same.  These seem to be right.  What to do? 
I put a tiny, very thin, washer under the spring to raise it up just a few thousands of an inch.  Problem solved!

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