Unique 17th Century Pocket Watch

Nov 03, 2010
A unique pocket watch, that is believed to be 300-year-old, was discovered by a diver off the coast of Scotland in 1970. It had been concealed amidst a shipwreck dating back to 1653.

The diver gave his find to the National Museum of Scotland. The 17th century pocket watch reminds some crusty old rock. Conventional X-rays did not say much about the watch. But now the historians from the museum used the latest technique known as X-ray computed tomography (CT). This technique allowed the researchers to drop a glance inside the rusty shell. They were amazed to find out that the pocket watch’s 300-year-old mechanism is miraculously preserved inside its corroded body.

The researchers discovered a lot of amazing details, including floral engravings, Roman numerals and the watchmaker’s signature - “Niccholas Higginson of Westminster”. According to historical records, Higginson was creating timepiece in the 1650s in Westminster, London.

The pocket watch and its three-dimensional reconstruction are exhibited in the Treasured exhibition of the National Museum of Scotland till 2011.

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