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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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