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Frobob
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Set Mainspring Contest

#1 Post by Frobob » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:49 pm

I'm working on a 1928 6/0 Illinois and was greeted with the most set mainspring I've ever seen. Image
I figured we could have some fun and show off some squished mainsprings.

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Re: Set Mainspring Contest

#2 Post by stryfox » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:14 pm

Just put some oil on it. It's still good.

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Re: Set Mainspring Contest

#3 Post by Frobob » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:06 pm

It was actually doing a pretty good job of powering through years of gunk from the watch having no back. I have no idea how the dang thing managed to run. Excessive gain, nonetheless!

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Re: Set Mainspring Contest

#4 Post by JerseyMo » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:00 pm

This one wins!
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Re: Set Mainspring Contest

#5 Post by Frobob » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:44 pm

JerseyMo wrote:
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:00 pm
This one wins!

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That.
That is art.
I won't ask how.
That would ruin the magic.

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Re: Set Mainspring Contest

#6 Post by HandyDan » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:28 am

Those are pretty typical examples, IMHO. I have had that fracture-thing happen to me a couple of times too. I have found that any rust on a "new" mainspring in it's original packaging, any amount whatsoever, is a sure sign the spring will break. Definitely will piss you off once you get the watch back together and try to wind it.

I will only use white alloy mainsprings now.
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