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I picked up a non-runner watch at the flea market today and when I got home and opened it, I was scratching my head. Is this a mechanical or electronic movement? I did a quick search and discovered "electronically timed" is marketing hype.  it's mechanical, a cheap pin pallet design. The balance spring has seen better days. Can the spring be repaired? Unless it's an easy fix, I don't think I can repair this watch. The movement looks somewhat crude but the dial is nice. Thanks for your thoughts.

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Hi. Yes it’s just hype just about every watch is electronically tested.    The balance spring terminal curve is distorted and it’s out of the regulator which is probably why it’s distorted.     Just remove the balance from the watch and most of the distortion will disappear.    Lay the balance on its cock and post some pictures it’s not that bad.

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Interesting marketing strategy rather than impressing the customer with the quality of the watch or the feel or anything else let's print words on the back of the case to impress the customers.

Then ever since the electronic timing machine came into existence every watch is timed on it as it speeds up production considerably. Although there are watches that are marked not regulated there is still time but a timing machine. Typically in the US a lot of watches were marked non-or not regulated because of import tariffs that would bump up the cost if the watch add features like the quantity of jewels precious metals if it's regulated or not. So to keep the movement costs down they would say not regulated even though it had been placed across the timing machine

then in the early days of electric watches watches of your quality in other words inexpensive might have interesting dials that would have words that look like electric but weren't to try to convince the customer that maybe this is an electric watch when it was not

Then the hairspring doesn't really look that bad yes it looks bad now but we've seen worse that would be a lot harder to fix this just looks like it's knocked out of alignment.

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