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Rust Induced Water Resistance

by J.Edwards

Late last night, Gizmodo posted X-rays online from the March 2010 issue of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, which featured a more than 300 year old pocket watch mechanism, preserved in its original case thanks to the rust that sealed it shut following a shipwreck that is thought to have happened in 1653. The mechanism is so well preserved that the inscription, “Niccholas Higginson of Westminster,” can still clearly be seen in one of the constructed X-rays. As can be seen in the image below, the original verge escapement is also still intact, and there are even hints that the fusée chain is still taught against the unwound barrel drum. Remarkable.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 15, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    That’s incredible. And in better shape than the curvex I just bought online.

  2. Posted October 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    It is incredible, Paul. I hope you’re able to restore that Cuvex back to life. The mechanism in the vintage Gruen Curvexes is remarkable.

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