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Longines Balance staff pivots - are they too flat ?


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6 minutes ago, Klassiker said:

Aww! I thought I was going to get a game-changing super-secret hot tip. Couldn't you make something up just to stop me being so disappointed?

I have used pink rubber erasers to clean battery contacts, as they are slightly abrasive. I have even used them to touch up the grained finish on some movement parts that were marked or stained- but that's hit-or-miss.

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