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A little update on this watch, as i’ve mentioned, my area is partially closed due to a little construction, but I received a few new items that I’m itching to get in to, so I have to finish this one first. I don’t want another unfinished symphony 😆
OK, I found the staff I needed for this grade, a Hamilton #127 staff with the small collet, which I hope was described correctly, the last three I received were #126, for a double roller model, they were in the incorrect packages..
I know that the way I remove a staff is NOT the recommended way, and that most people will frown upon this method, but, it works for me
My thinking is this.. The amount of material that is squashed/peened over on the rivet is 3-5 times less than that which it is fastened to. So that part, the rivet, is weaker. The weakest link will always break before the strongest.
I don’t use the K&D staff removal tool, simply because I find it awkward and a little clumsy, for me. I just use the machined flat base of my staking tool. I use my little Italian tool, the punches are very fine in diameter, in comparison to the Horia, K&D, and others, so they work great.
Here I simply lay the balance on the lapped flat surface, the contact points are almost 100% so the balance is not going to distort.