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October 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm #50859
Approx. 4 or 5 weeks ago I worked on an Elgin size 18 key wind pocket watch with simular problems. The
cover of the main spring barrel cap/cover would pop open causing two problems as follows.
Problem number 1 — The click spring would not hold the click in place. This caused the click to slip under
and tilt the barrel.
Problem number 2 — The loose cover also caused the main spring to disconnect/unhook on the barrel end.
It took me several attempts to seat the cover so that it would not pop open. The watch now winds and runs
I hope this helps.