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Elgin Grade 386 and a Creative Fix

I see something like this now and then.  Someone put some pretty deep divots into the underside of this balance cock, near the jewel setting.  Why?  I'd guess that someone stripped the jewel bezel screws on the top side.  By distorting the area a bit, those holes could be closed a little to better hold the screws.

More creative repairs here...

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