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Reasons For Legislation

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, January, 1946

Reasons For Legislation
From Our Readers

The above photos by Mr. J. E. Coleman, American Horologist staff photographer, reveal an unnecessary and disgraceful piece of work. The watch was sent in by Mr. George Rohr of Kalamazoo, Michigan, who explained the watchmaker who did the work knew better and had a good reputation. 

Mr. Charles Vosecek, Berwyn, Ill., found this mainspring in a fine watch. 

The balance in the same watch utterly ruined by loading and fitting screws.

At right from Mr. W. A. Gruen of Amarillo, Texas, we receive this example where winding wheel screw was broken in arbor and some botcher soft soldered the wheel on. 

The photos at left are additional proof of our need for finer workman.

These examples were submitted by Mr. J. E. Coleman of Nashville, Tenn.

Lets clean up our profession.

There is only one method: unity of thought, action, cooperation, understanding, patience, tolerance and a determination to do or see done those things necessary for attaining our ultimate goal. Join or form a local or state organization. Old members pay your dues now! Don't put it off! 

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