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Hi everyone.  Just recently took up watch repair.  I have been a auto/motorcycle mechanic, Navy jet aircraft mechanic, chemist/physicist, industrial mechanic/electronics technician, DOD photographic technologist, ski lift electronics technician, and now a hydroelectric communications, instrumentation and relay technician.  Whew, that is a list and a half.  I have long been interested in watch repair but not until the last couple years and after inheriting my grandfather's Elgin Grade 345, great-grandfathers Grade 180, and a Grade 581 Master Navigation watch did I take the hobby up.  The Grade 581 had a broken balance staff so that was my first experience with watch repair.  Getting the balance poised and now timed has been a great challenge.  Finally have it running within a second an hour, just today.  

 

Cant hardly wait to read the messages in this board so I am off a running.

 

Chuck

 

Ps. Here is an image of the old broken balance staff from the GCT I shot with my scanning electron microscope I have in my living room.  Couple regular shots of the 581 too.  Sure glad my wife understands and even promotes my obsessions!  

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