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How to open this main spring barrel

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8 hours ago, Edifred said:

Hi all

I have a wrist watch that I think has either a broken main spreing or is gummed up, However I gave not come across a barrel such as the one pictured and cannot work out how to open it.

Help appreciated!IMG_0399.thumb.jpeg.66258d95011154edfb1e9497291f1908.jpegIMG_0398.thumb.jpeg.66b499789064a27ea874b36437128359.jpegIMG_0398.thumb.jpeg.66b499789064a27ea874b36437128359.jpeg

The lid will pop off in the same as most other barrels,   Can you post a picture of the watch as well, this always helps as other may have worked on the same one.

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Hi it’s a roskopf type barrel with min wheel attached, the method I use is on the square end up wards tap the arbour top with a watch brush back and it pop off. Mark the position of the slot in the cover so as to refit in the same place, not necessary really but just tidy.

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