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How a Balance Staff is Replaced
The steel of the staff is hardened, so a carbide graver is used. The key is that the graver must be sharp - really sharp. The cutting edges are generally re-dressed for every use, but this will have to be another subject another day.
The left over part of the hub is like a tiny washer. Note that the hub that is cut away is the lower side. The upper side, opposite, of the wheel's arms is where the rivet is. Cutting the hub side is the only completely safe way to do this without risk to the balance wheel.
Riveting is a two step process, first using a round face hollow stake, and then a flat face for the finish.
This roller is a one piece double roller. Single rollers are just a disc (roller table) without the extra guard, visible in this photo situated above the roller table.
Some double rollers are two pieces. These are trickier to install since the upper part must be perfectly aligned with the jewel pin.
The rotation of the hairspring is important. The stud location needs to cause the roller jewel to free dead natural, in the middle of the pallet fork. When this is off center, the balance will turn more one way than the other. This is wasteful of power, and causes irregular rates and can even stop the watch.
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