Dug up pocket watch

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  1. Richard Plant

    Richard Plant New Member

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    I have dug up a pocket watch while metal detecting, quite rusted, I was wondering what to use to open it and or restore it please.
     
  2. bruce linde

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    no way to tell w/out seeing photos.

    evaporust can remove rust, but the insides are probably a mess...

    do you have any tools or experience restoring watches?
     
  3. musicguy

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    Hi Richard and welcome to
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    Just like Bruce said, photos would
    give us a much better picture of what
    you’re trying to accomplish.


    Rob
     
  4. Kevin W.

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    I too would be interested in what you have found. Pictures, thanks.
     
  5. Richard Plant

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    6ECD4CC3-237E-4316-986E-F28213295B4D.jpeg
     
  6. karlmansson

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    I believe that is the dial side(just very rusty).

    I think it's some type of Dollar Watch
    Here is a thread full of them
    The "Dollar" watch, show me some of yours.

    I may or may not be possible to identify yours because it's so
    damaged by water.

    Rob
     
  8. karlmansson

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    Ooooooh... I thought that was an inner case back. You think that's the crystal?
     
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    Hi Richard,

    Were the coins found in the same soil layer? I think I can see the date of 1943 on the threepenny bit, and I wouldn't be surprised if the watch was from the same era. I doubt if there's much recoverable in the movement; if it is a 'dollar watch', they aren't particularly repairable even when in pristine, un-buried condition! This is a prime example of a candidate for 'museum conservation', in other words, stabilise the corrosion and leave the rest to be part of its history . . .

    Regards,

    Graham
     
  11. Les harland

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    I am not sure if Evaporust is available here in the UK
    It might be worth trying penetrating oil
    I suspect the movement will be in very poor condition and not worth restoring
    It would be cheaper to buy another identical watch
    If you think the movement is recognisable post a picture and someone here will be able to tell you what it is
     

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