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Upside Down

by Jordan Ficklin

As some of you figured out for yesterday’s challenge the balance wheel was upside down.

At this angle you can see how the balance wheel contacts the fourth wheel.


Here you can see the roller is a little bit damaged from the previous balance staff replacement


And here is another view of the top side down. (Please ignore the filthy rub-off)

Once I restaffed the balance (right-side up) I had to adjust the rate by 86 seconds to get it within Rolex specifications. That is a lot of turns of the Microstella screws, but there was plenty of room since the previous repairer had turned the large screws all the way in to make up for some kind of lost energy. What could have caused that? ;)

One Comment

  1. Jeff
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    What a depressing find….that should have never left the bench. Any clue who butchered/did the work?

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