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Breguet Hairspring and Balance from Elgin No. 239 Veritas

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Excerpt from Elgin’s 1901 “The Watch Word is Elgin: Timemakers and Timekeepers” promotional booklet, describing the features of the hairspring in the new “Veritas” model:

“All hairsprings used in the “Veritas” model – as well as in all other Elgin movements – have the Breguet overcoil, which prevents accidental quickening of the balance. Each Elgin hairspring is formed by an expert workman for the individual movement in hand at the time, assuring an absolute fitting to the temperament of the watch it is to serve. The overcoiling of the spring, after tempering and hardening, permits a scrupulous examination that is precluded by the time-saving expedient of tempering and hardening in form by mechanical process.”The Watch Word is Elgin: Timemakers and Timekeepers, 1901


Pictured: Hairspring and Balance from Elgin No. 239 Veritas – 18-Size, Model 8, 21 Jewels, c.1902, Serial No. 9348026

The full promotional booklet introducing the Model 8 grades can be viewed in its entirety online: https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/guide/company/elgin/catalogs/elgin-watch-co-timemakers-and-timekeepers-c.1904

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