Step 7: Removing the balance

This is another step that requires enormous caution because the balance spring is probably one of the most fragile parts in a watch movement. Remove the balance cock screws and then carefully lift the balance cock and angle the balance wheel out of its position. Just lift the balance cock softly,  the balance spring will easily support the weight of the balance wheel. Do not pull and do not touch or bend the balance spring, otherwise the watch might not beat properly anymore.

Place the balance on the work pad and then carefully turn it over as in the picture below. Make sure that the balance staff sits in his regular position in the balance cock in order not to damage the balance spring.

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