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Bulova 8AC

Here is the balance wheel and the pallet fork from this  Bulova wristwatch . When I first took the balance out the hairspring looked a little off. Also, the regulator was set all the way to slow - not a good sign. I thought the hairspring may be fouled. But cleaning and demagnitizing, I think, took care of the problem. It looks fine now, all the loops nice and even.

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