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A Replacement Winding Gear

An intermediary winding wheel on this Waltham pocketwatch had two broken teeth. I searched high and low and amazingly found another of the exact part! Unfortunately the one I found also had a couple broken teeth (not a good sign, maybe it's prone to that). Searching deeper in the older boxes, I found another remarkable gear that is as close to exactly the same as I could hope for, except, strangely, the diameter of the hole in the middle was too small. It's an odd coincidence, it seems the same part otherwise.
It didn't take long to change the hole.


It's important to work very slowly when doing something like this. You can't put metal back if you over do it, and I don't have another part.
Here is the replacement intermediary wheel in place in the lever setting mechanism. It looks like it will work just fine.


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