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Another Missing Pin

This is one of those older 18 size Elgins, a Mat Laflin grade 55, where the movement is held in the case by just one case screw.  In the opposite edge of the movement, from the screw, is a pin that sticks into a hole in the inside edge of the case.

For whatever reason, these pins are frequently missing and I end up making one.  Sometimes, the watch has been rigged to stay put without the pin, as this one has.

A small bit of copper has been set under one of the barrel bridge screws as a makeshift case washer.

Copper is a surprising material to find any place near vintage watches.  It is a very soft and highly reactive metal, without much use in old horology.

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