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Watch Built By Student

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, April, 1942

Watch Built By Student


The illustration shows a 165 watch built by Jacques Lingenfelter, student at Elgin Watchmakers College.


The watch was built up from blank plates, uprighting for train and recessing for jewel settings. The jewels were all hand set, the settings then frictioned into the plates. The balance staff, and hairspring were made to order and the watch adjusted to five positions. The position error was five seconds.

The train bridges were of special design. It has a line finish, silver plated, settings and all steel work highly polished. There is also a special regulator dome. In all, Mr. Lingenfelter is to be complimented for the fine workmanship displayed. 


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