Giving a watch good shellacking

Following-on to my previous posts on cheap botch servicing, here we have yet another watch I am servicing for a customer with a pallet having an insane amount of shellac from a previous watchmaker. As if that weren’t enough, the watchmaker or the pallet itself released shellac onto the hairspring which melted on to it. Finally, they bent the hairspring for good measure. Quality horology and watchmaking requires time, skill, and endless inventory of parts and expensive tools and machinery— more investment than most folks would ever think. This is anything but work for someone with tweezers and screwdrivers who believes this is all they need.

Excessive shellac on a watch - botch Servicing