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A Creative Mainspring Repair

Here's something you don't see everyday.  First of all, this watch has a mainspring that has been distorted into a cone shape by installation with fingers rather than with a mainspring winder.  Actually, that's pretty common.  I see it a lot.

But what is unusual here is that some creative repair person has spot wended together two pieces of the spring in order to, I'm guessing, repair a break in the part.  This will definitely need to be replaced.  Still,  at least it's a neat looking bit of work.

My Grandfather always said that you never know what you will find when you get into a watch. 
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