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Job Number 170072

The replacement balance staff I had for this project had pivots that were way too big, both ends, and had to be cut down quite a bit.

As parts disappear, I get asked every couple of days now if I can provide someone with a part. One reason I do not do this is that replacement parts, even if they are labeled correctly, and even if the documentation about what the watch needs is correct, won't work "as-is" about half the time. Everything has to be tested, fit, altered and re-tested.
I don't know how many times I've replaced a balance staff in someones' watch. Many hundreds... A thousand maybe. There are harder tasks, but this common repair is one I never look forward to. It's a multi-step procedure with a dozen easy ways to ruin a part at every turn. This one went really, really well! Maybe I'm finally getting the hang of it.

This is a grade 314, 12 size, 15 jewels, made about 1917.

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