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#1    StoneAgeQueen

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 01:42 PM

While some mysteries are occasionally solved, the majority tend to live on forever without the truth being revealed. One in the latter category concerns the recent discovery of a century-old Swiss watch discovered in an ancient Chinese tomb that has been sealed for more than 400 years.
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Posted 17 December 2009 - 02:03 PM

Interesting story. I'm sure there's a logical explanation. One way this may have happened is that a small animal found the watch and carried it into the tomb. I would have a hard time believing it's evidence of time travel.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 02:08 PM

Come on, this totally supports time travel!  Seriously though, all they have to do is identify the manufacturer of the watch  and the time frame in which it was manufactured.  Then correlate it with any archeological digs in the area.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 02:15 PM

:unsure2: Time travel is real?


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Posted 17 December 2009 - 02:27 PM

 chemical-licker, on 17 December 2009 - 02:15 PM, said:

:unsure2: Time travel is real?


Duh! Have you never watched Harry Potter?

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 02:30 PM

 Stardrive, on 17 December 2009 - 02:03 PM, said:

Interesting story. I'm sure there's a logical explanation. One way this may have happened is that a small animal found the watch and carried it into the tomb. I would have a hard time believing it's evidence of time travel.


:lol: I don't believe it's Time travel either, but it's very interesting!


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Posted 17 December 2009 - 02:41 PM

I bet it was probably lost there by grave robbers that pilfered the tomb years ago.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 03:24 PM

<_< The Swiss, they're EVERYWHERE!!! With they're chocolate, and they're Army Knives, and they're Robinson Family...

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...Have they no sense of decency? I personally draw the line at 400 year old Chinese tombs.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 04:15 PM

Thanks alot Onyx now I have coffee on my monitor... lol family Robinson

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 04:18 PM

Well, based on the first two paragraphs, there were no previous digs and the watch is estimated to be about a hundred years old.

Though, I am fascinated by time skips (not necessarily time "travel", which I think more implies a purposeful journey through time--like with Time Turners!). That'd be pretty nifty.

A small animal could be to blame, maybe a bird or something.


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Posted 17 December 2009 - 04:34 PM

That is very odd indeed. But we cannot be sure how sealed it is.


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Posted 17 December 2009 - 04:34 PM

The picture looks like it is a ring. Is it a working "ring watch"? The article also states it (the ring-watch) is about 100 years old, and the tomb supposedly has not been opened for 400 years, right?

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 05:00 PM

There are a thousand explanations as to why that ring watch was there. Either tomb robbers, or something as simple as a flood and it was washed into the tomb, or a bunch of other explanations. It's not time travel for sure. haha.

I collect Swiss watches and have a sizable collection I guess, many are modern, but I have one that looks almost identical to that one, but it is a wrist watch made by the Ravel company out of Geneva. Tiny tiny womens watches were very popular around 1890 to about 1925 or so. Many are so small they're nearly impossible to read the time on unless you have bionic vision. LOL. I think their estimation of the age is probably pretty accurate--about 100 years old. It might even be a Ravel. After looking at mine, it is stampled Swiss on the back. Of course, most Swiss watches are stamped either Swiss or Geneva on the back, along with a company logo or name, but my Ravel is just stamped Swiss, the face has the company name on it, and the crown has a little logo so tiny I can't see it, even with a 10x magnifying glass. LOL. It's a bitty little watch... and probably could be worn as a ring watch with a ring band.

The watch pictured is definitely a ladies ring watch, not a men's style--in any century.

Is it working? It could be depending on whether or not the gears and springs are rusted or broken. If they aren't, then there's no reason in the world why it would not work. My Ravel works, it's a wind-up like all watches of that period. The cases from Swiss watches at that time were pretty bulletproof, so I would not be surprised if it did work or would work with some cleaning.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:39 PM

 MissMelsWell, on 17 December 2009 - 05:00 PM, said:

There are a thousand explanations as to why that ring watch was there. Either tomb robbers, or something as simple as a flood and it was washed into the tomb, or a bunch of other explanations. It's not time travel for sure. haha.

I collect Swiss watches and have a sizable collection I guess, many are modern, but I have one that looks almost identical to that one, but it is a wrist watch made by the Ravel company out of Geneva. Tiny tiny womens watches were very popular around 1890 to about 1925 or so. Many are so small they're nearly impossible to read the time on unless you have bionic vision. LOL. I think their estimation of the age is probably pretty accurate--about 100 years old. It might even be a Ravel. After looking at mine, it is stampled Swiss on the back. Of course, most Swiss watches are stamped either Swiss or Geneva on the back, along with a company logo or name, but my Ravel is just stamped Swiss, the face has the company name on it, and the crown has a little logo so tiny I can't see it, even with a 10x magnifying glass. LOL. It's a bitty little watch... and probably could be worn as a ring watch with a ring band.

The watch pictured is definitely a ladies ring watch, not a men's style--in any century.

Is it working? It could be depending on whether or not the gears and springs are rusted or broken. If they aren't, then there's no reason in the world why it would not work. My Ravel works, it's a wind-up like all watches of that period. The cases from Swiss watches at that time were pretty bulletproof, so I would not be surprised if it did work or would work with some cleaning.

Wow! You also collect watches! Have you been through Paul Bure? I got one automatic 1967 or 68 model - and cannot understand how the stainless back cover is made, cannot open. It seems to be neither pop-up nor screw-in - can it be vacuum? Someone tried to pop it up and chipped two bits of the brass from the casing...

The Swiss watch was probably taken to the tomb by some magpie or a rat, unless of course this was done by leprechauns or nibelungs.


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Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:47 PM

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In 1541 in Geneva, there was a ban on flashy jewelry, so the idea of a watch/ ring might make some sense, as a watch was considered practical and essential. Still, there is no record anywhere of ring/watches being popular in Europe until after 1780, which only deepens the mystery.

The above from the article is plain stupid, as "Swiss" is a common inscription in late 19th and 20th century. In 1541 the watches, for the authors to know, were of a size of a small fridge and had one hour hand only, the minute hand appeared later in 17th century. The watch on the photo is a cheap late art deco bling, more looking like 1950s-1970s. Of course there is some chance for it to be earlier, but it is made of some diecast alloy which was not done 100 years ago at all. Kid's stuff.





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