Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

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Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Mutjack » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:26 pm

The Swiss make bl--dy good watches. :lol:

Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Jeblack » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:32 pm

The first timepieces to be worn, made in 16th century Europe, were transitional in size between clocks and watches. These 'clock-watches' were fastened to clothing or worn on a chain around the neck. They were heavy drum shaped cylindrical brass boxes several inches in diameter, engraved and ornamented. They had only an hour hand. The face was not covered with glass, but usually had a hinged brass cover, often decoratively pierced with grillwork so the time could be read without opening. The movement was made of iron or steel and held together with tapered pins and wedges, until screws began to be used after 1550. Many of the movements included striking or alarm mechanisms. They usually had to be wound twice a day. The shape later evolved into a rounded form; these were called Nürnberg eggs. Still later in the century there was a trend for unusually shaped watches, and clock-watches shaped like books, animals, fruit, stars, flowers, insects, crosses, and even skulls (Death's head watches) were made.

It should not be thought that the reason for wearing these early clock-watches was to tell the time. The accuracy of their verge and foliot movements was so poor, perhaps several hours per day, that they were practically useless. They were made as jewelry and novelties for the nobility, valued for their fine ornamentation, unusual shape, or intriguing mechanism, and accurate timekeeping was of very minor importance


I found this at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch#1500.E2.80.931600_Clock-watches

Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Godsofatlantis » Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:49 pm

You know watches did exist 400 years ago.

Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Funnyman46 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:36 am

Let's get it X-Rayed. Remember this one?
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And what it became,...
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I'll wait for the update

Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Govtslave » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:12 pm

According to the article, it's a 100 year old watch not a 600 year old watch. Were the Swiss making watches like that 100 years ago? If so, could someone have lost one in China 100 years ago that could have been dragged into the tomb by a rodent or other animal? I agree it's an interesting mystery but, not rock solid for evidence of time travel. Too bad someone's name wasn't etched on it.

Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Sheeple » Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:33 pm

cornbread714 wrote:
masterofmen wrote:... if its a real watch it can be carbon dated useing the lithium in the battery + model number.

It's quotes like these that keep me coming back to this forum :D
No updates for a long time, evidently the case has been classified. :look:

Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Cornbread714 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:47 pm

masterofmen wrote:... if its a real watch it can be carbon dated useing the lithium in the battery + model number.


It's quotes like these that keep me coming back to this forum :D

Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Zegtelzegtel » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:13 pm

WHY COULD IT NOT BE A watch?

do you really think that they couldnt make watches in 1600????

i dont get the point here guys..

:bang;

Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Capreycorn » Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:46 pm

interesting. a swiss tomb raider lost her watch in a chinese tomb.
maybe she suddenly got very scared?
yah, maybe it wasn`t a swiss tomb raider..but sure wasn`t Lara Croft either.

Re: Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Post by Vulcanic » Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:46 am

that watch looks pretty old to me so if some grave robber left it then it must been a very long time ago.

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