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Letting Down A Mainspring

Hi Jeff
I enjoy reading your blog posts and seeing the pictures you post of your excellent restorations of old Elgin pocket watches. I would like to ask you a question if I can as it is driving me crazy. Please can you tell me how you let down the mainspring on Elgin size 6 7 jewel grade 206 movement year 1907 as its not like other pocket watches that have the cogs exposed. Thanks for any help you can give me.


-- E.K.

Hello -
There is a tiny hole in the edge of the lower plate. When something is pressed in, it presses against the click pushing it away from, and releasing, the ratchet wheel.

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