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Learn about mechanical timepieces and how they work, the history of the American watch industry and especially all about the Elgin National Watch Company! Check back for new content daily.

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A Set Mainspring

This is an extreme example of a "set" mainspring from a pocketwatch. The spring is completely fixed to the shape of the barrel it was in. It has no "spring" left what so ever.

This spring was my Grandfather's. He found it in a watch he repaired, and kept it around to show how springs wear out.

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