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Having set the roller table so that the jewel is 90 degrees to the arms of the balance, the balance wheel arms should be perpendicular to a line through the balance jewels, the pallet fork jewels and the escape wheel jewels.
If this is not right, then the balance wheel, when running, will turn more to one side than the other. A watch like this is said to be "out of beat". It will keep time poorly, and may even stop.
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- ► 2016 (465)
- Elgin Grade 62, H. Z. Culver
- Database Updated
- Repairing a Loose Pallet Stone
- Is Your Pocketwatch Hard to Wind?
- Seating the Roller Table
- Watch Parts
- A New Type of Animation
- Elgin's Last Dial?
- How a Balance Staff is Replaced
- An 18 Size Elgin, Before and After
- Vintage Machinery, and Pocketwatches
- Elgin Grade 83, Sweep Seconds
- Sweep Wheel Remover
- Unexpected Watchmaker's Marks
- The Train
- An Elgin Grade 293, with Extra Bushings
- Hamilton Watch Company Wins Nation's Highest Award...
- Information Please!
- Employes Honor Swartchild Family
- Watchmakers Legislation As It Looks
- Making A Balance Staff
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