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12/15/2008 02:49 PM ID: 75532 Permalink   

Mysterious Tiny Swiss Watch Found in 400-Year-Old Chinese Tomb


China: Archaeologists excavating a Ming dynasty tomb have called in experts after they discovered a ring-sized watch with 'Swiss' engraved on the back. The watch showed a time of 10:06 AM.

The archaeologists, who are making a documentary with two Shangsi journalists, are puzzled as to the origins of the timepiece as the site is thought not to have been disturbed since its creation four centuries ago.

"When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, a piece of rock suddenly dropped off and hit the ground with a metallic sound… After removing the covering soil and examining it… we were shocked to see it was a watch," said Jiang Yanyu.

    WebReporter: ixuzus Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
  by: Jediman3     12/15/2008 03:17 PM     
I was thinking that as I was writing this one up. Remind me how we test for temporal displacement?
  by: ixuzus     12/15/2008 03:20 PM     
  2 words  
Hiro Nakamura
  by: crosimoto     12/15/2008 03:40 PM     
  I can't park my Tardis anywhere...  
without some jackass digging it up.
  by: valkyrie123     12/15/2008 04:06 PM     
  In my opinion  
ananova as a news source is about as credible as the national enquirer.
  by: John E Angel     12/15/2008 06:27 PM     
  Here's the same story  
It was originally posted in what appears to be 2005 (but that could have been by the same time-traveler).
  by: TheIdiotUpstairs   12/15/2008 07:53 PM     
You're looking at the user's join date of that site. The story was just posted by them today.
  by: caution2     12/15/2008 08:16 PM     
Sorry about that. You are correct.
  by: TheIdiotUpstairs   12/15/2008 08:22 PM     
at first i thought you were calling him an idiot, and then i saw it was part of his name.

i lol'd at that one
  by: m.i.a.elite     12/15/2008 08:23 PM     
  Clearly, the tomb has been disturbed  
because the technology for making clocks of such a size did not exist when the tomb was built.
  by: H. W. Hutchins   12/15/2008 08:54 PM     
How do they know it stopped at 10:06 in the morning, rather than 10:06 p.m.?
  by: caution2     12/15/2008 09:16 PM     
That's really cool
  by: ToofDogger     12/15/2008 10:08 PM     
It was a digital watch with AM/PM readout and also had the phases of the moon. :)
  by: valkyrie123     12/15/2008 10:24 PM     
  All of this has happened before...  
...and all of this will happen again.
  by: vash_the_stampede     12/15/2008 11:01 PM     
and you have said that before and will say it again.
  by: John E Angel     12/15/2008 11:32 PM     
  Actually only Mildly Improbable...  
After the development of Spring-driven clocks in the mid-1500's, a fad led to the explosion of popularity in miniature clocks. All sorts of unusual designs including death-heads were made and some were made as rings. They were still not particularly accurate however.

Remember that this was the time of the great European explorers. So my hypothesis was that a European merchant traveled to china, likely by ship, and gave a watch or watches to some Noble's as a means of gaining favor. They died, and being quite taken with their new device decided to be buried with it.

If not, some time travelers need to get spanked. Violating the Prime Directive is not cool.
  by: Ahab   12/16/2008 12:14 AM     
  @John E Angel  
Yes. The timeloop we're all stuck in will see us repeating history over and over again until Tom Cruise chooses *not* to join Scientology and thus breaks the timeloop.
  by: vash_the_stampede     12/16/2008 12:35 AM     
  Photo at source  
Design suggests modern wristwatch. Definitely time traveler, a very tiny one for the size of the watch. Minime was there to kill Austin Powers grandgrandgrandgrandad!
  by: fileno22   12/16/2008 12:49 AM     
Now I have to spend the rest of my day figuring out what is going on here.

i was able to find another picture source posted on a snopes blog that was put through

i would post it here, but the link is incredibly long. if you google search "swiss watch chinese tomb" youll see it.

anyway, looking at the watch im still unsure how they were able to tell that it was AM and not PM. it looks like something you would have wrapped around your pinky finger. unless it was a wrist watch for a very tiny person. like a pixie. yep, it was an ancient pixie that was a fan of swiss craftsmanship. case solved. Time to go watch some more Monk.
  by: teh_epic     12/16/2008 01:41 AM     
  This one?  
  by: caution2     12/16/2008 02:02 AM     
  Reminds me of  
the book Timeline by the late Michael Crichton.
  by: Fonzo   12/16/2008 10:04 AM     
I bet the guy who went back in time is going to get in trouble now!
  by: rogeratvfan   12/16/2008 10:21 AM     
I loved that book! The movie, not so much. Anyone recognize this pic?
  by: caution2     12/16/2008 12:00 PM     
  TimeTravel: horse-pucky; carbon date it!  
Then, you can have some proof.
  by: redstain   12/16/2008 12:15 PM     
What if it's dated to the...... future?????
  by: silentrage   12/16/2008 02:05 PM     
we're all doomed.
  by: John E Angel     12/16/2008 02:13 PM     
Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought radiocarbon dating only worked on organic matter.
  by: ixuzus     12/16/2008 02:15 PM     
  @ixuzus: drat  
My bad. They could still xray/NMR it; Probably have a serial number.
  by: redstain   12/16/2008 04:09 PM     
  Que Hora ?  
The Swiss have been making watches since at least the 16th century.

"... the site is thought not to have been disturbed since its creation four centuries ago."

Maybe some earlier western explorer was there first and lost it.

Or perhaps Bugs Bunny lost when he made that wrong turn at Albuquerque.

  by: DeepSand   12/17/2008 04:59 AM     
  I don't  
about time travel, and certainly the tomb being breached is possible. But I show that the first swiss wrist watch was developed in the 1800s. This seems to be more than enough time to have developed a "ring watch," given that the tomb they entered is only supposed to be 400 years old.
  by: Burnfactor77   12/17/2008 07:05 PM     
metal cannot be carbon dated: no biological (organic) carbon present.
  by: LeePIII   12/17/2008 09:59 PM     
  Is it just me...  
or do people in this forum need to learn some basic math?
  by: gws1968     12/18/2008 04:17 PM     
What an embarrassment to the Chinese government! I know China was ahead of its time (no pun intended) back then but didn't know they could produce fake finger watches! Very innovative.
  by: aysos   12/20/2008 12:59 PM     
MONTAUK PROJECT!- time/space travel! there are stories that they went to an underground facility on MARS, so why not in a little burial place. maybe it holds significance to the timestream
  by: hedk45e   12/24/2008 02:11 PM     
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