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Dial Foot Pins

Making and installing a new dial foot pin...
Early Elgin watches have a pin friction fit through a hole in the dial foot, on the inside of the plate.  This holds the dial on and secure.

The pin is a simple brass tapper that just takes a few minutes to turn out.

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