American PW Stem fell out

Vernon

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Hi,
I've got an Elgin 23 jewel about the size of my pinky nail. It's my mother's watch so I thought that I would have a look even though I'm a clock person. When I took the face off, a small piece fell out that is in the shape of an (F) as shown. Is this the piece that holds the stem in? If so, where does it belong? I don't even own a screw driver small enough to work on this but I may need too............

Thanks for your help. ladies elgin 005 (800x600) (640x480).jpg
 
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Skutt50

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I am afraid you have found the Integrated Detent Spring which has been broken off from the Cover plate. This can not be repaired and has to be replaced with a new Cover Plate.

It does not hold the stem but interacts with the Set Lever which is the part holding the stem in place.

Have a look at this page and you will find all the parts involved in your small problem: http://www.timezonewatchschool.com/... Keyless Works/glossary - keyless works.shtml

For a replacement Cover Plate you could try the Parts Sources which you find on the top of the Watch Repair forum page.
 

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Skutt50,
Thank you for your reply. I agree with your assessment and your link was most helpful for a visual on terminology. I'll get started on my part search.

Thanks again.
 
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