Swiss Watch Found in 400-Year Old Chinese Tomb

Posted on March 5, 2009

While some mysteries are occasionally solved, the majority tend to live on forever without the truth being revealed. One in the latter category concerns the recent discovery of a century-old Swiss watch discovered in an ancient Chinese tomb that has been sealed for more than 400 years.

Swiss Watch Found in 400 Year Old Chinese Tomb picture

How did it get there? This is the question haunting the archaeologists who discovered the Swiss watch in an ancient tomb in Shangsi, southern China, they believed had not been opened since its occupant’s funeral, which occurred during the Ming Dynasty (15-16th centuries).

The miniature watch, which is in the shape of a ring, is thought to be barely a century old. The mysterious timepiece was encrusted in mud and rock and had stopped at 10:06 am. On the back of the watch, the word, ‘Swiss’ is engraved.

Its presence raises more questions than answers… like: Where did the watch come from? Could the watch/ring have been planted at the tomb, but if so, why and by whom?

The known facts do not really help in this case.

The Ming Dynasty did have its own unique age of watch making, but that does not explain why the word, ‘Swiss’ on the back of the watch is engraved in English. In Geneva, Switzerland, other languages were more common, namely French and German.

In 1541 in Geneva, there was a ban on flashy jewelry, so the idea of a watch/ ring might make some sense, as a watch was considered practical and essential. Still, there is no record anywhere of ring/watches being popular in Europe until after 1780, which only deepens the mystery.

The archaeologists were filming a documentary with two journalists when they made the puzzling discovery.

The dig has been suspended and researchers are currently awaiting the arrival of some experts from Beijing to help them unravel this most unsettling mystery.

Anyone know what time it is?

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Swiss Watch Found in 400 Year Old Chinese Tomb picture

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164 comments
RonAngel
RonAngel

"The miniature watch, which is in the shape of a ring"

Watch size of a ring, as ladies watch time traveller with small hands.

Jokes on you, or all of us if fake! 

RonAngel
RonAngel

It is not the watch that should be analysed but the soil it is encased inand compared using chromatograph with surrounding soil that it was “found” in. Then carbon date soil and watch parts separately. Faking that lot would be very difficult. Science does not lie. Get independent labs to verify results.

Carlos23
Carlos23

Looks more like 10:10 on the narrow watch face. Look at any watch commercial/ad and you will see that they are always set on 10:10.

Jamie Gallacher
Jamie Gallacher

Maybe the large hadron collider at CERN in Switzerland is infact a time machine.

Joel West
Joel West

Am I the only one who sees what is obviously implicated here? The Ming Dynasty is really only 220 years old. Duh! Just like the dinosaurs. Jeez, get with the times people!

Stephen Lefebvre
Stephen Lefebvre

I wonder how they know if it was 10:06 am or pm. I almost assumed they guessed. Whether it's am or pm, I find it REALLY funny/strange that 10:06 was the exact time on the clock because that's the exact time on the clock tower in the Back to the Future movie! I'm not going to look stupid hypothesizing real life time travelers mind-f*king us....:-) Just dream.

Stephen Moyer
Stephen Moyer

Well the obvious answer was it was in fact disturbed by Swiss grave diggers 100 years ago :P

rheaseo
rheaseo

I think, that I coudl have just put an old watch in there as a hoax. Like, say I dug up my great grandfather, and put a latop in his grave. After a long time, they find his coffine and!.... My laptop. better read reviews than believe on this.. lol http://www.swiss-watches-guide.com/

STEVO
STEVO

the can be explained by two words, telemarketers.

crispy
crispy

but it's not even human size -_-

oem store
oem store

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Swiss
Swiss

The truth... Fuck You

bedford
bedford

this story smells of bullshit

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MikeH
MikeH

Anyone know where this is being held? Much appreciated.

Amyobus Key
Amyobus Key

The first assumption is that humans have not entered the sealed tomb. Archaeologists are usually skilled enough to determine this. The second assumption is that, as a human-manufactured object can only be directed by a human. This is the false assumption. Animals and birds are known to sometimes collect shiny objects and install them in their burrows/nests. Forget about time travel and fake reports. A biologist is required to investigate for signs of animal activity. It is not necessarily the answer, but the only reasonable one.

ronnie
ronnie

you'l be that idiot some time

phill
phill

what about carbon dating, would that not reveal the age of the watch to match it with the age of the tomb?

tyler
tyler

clearly the the swiss invented time travel so thay could make money in the past so thay could invent time travel

magi
magi

"The miniature watch, which is in the shape of a ring, is thought to be barely a century old." -barely a century old- Then this... "In 1541 in Geneva, there was a ban on flashy jewelry, so the idea of a watch/ ring might make some sense, as a watch was considered practical and essential. Still, there is no record anywhere of ring/watches being popular in Europe until after 1780, which only deepens the mystery." First they say it's barely a century old, then they speculate that it's from the 1700's. Excellent journalism.

Brent
Brent

It's those damn kids Bill and Ted at it again! If I told them once, we told them a thousand times not to give "Excellent" gifts to royal dudes in such from the ancient world! What a bummer!

Shaun
Shaun

It looks like time travel is possible and is happening in in china. next thing you'll know we'll find a dell lap top in the great pyramid of giza.

Jakob Montrasio
Jakob Montrasio

A crazy person would say: That (fake) watch is from one of the workers who created the tomb to make it look like there is that much history in China. I guess just some tomb robbers were in the tomb before them.

Angela
Angela

Its styled like a modern watch and the hands look like they were carved in. I think its likely from a barbie sort of doll and ended up in there by some mistake. Obviously hasn't been "sealed". Or Dr Who accidentally shrank himself back in time and deposited it there.

adfgag
adfgag

total BS, that ring is in the form of a handwrist watch. first handworn watches have been invented at the end of the 19th century, so theres no way this ring is 400 yrs old. it even says in one passage that it is thought that the ring is barely one century old but the article later continues its 400yrs story. bs

Ajdetail1 at gmail
Ajdetail1 at gmail

Seriously erie , before I decided to comment, I spoke to a number of my colleagues and associates, I believe that it is possible and that there is indeed more discoveries to be made in the near future.

memadman
memadman

Your mama...have it in her ass.

Dan
Dan

Makes me want to read "Timeline" again.!

W-Three
W-Three

Its a small watch, and not a real one at that. I think its fairly obvious that its a replica of a watch formed into the form of a ring. The word 'swiss' could have a completely different meaning. Whats more, there are no pictures of the writing 'swiss' so we have no idea whether it actually does say swiss, it could be misinterpreted.

Stephen
Stephen

some small animal probably ate it and went inside the tomb and shitted it out inside there .... so its not covered with dirt ... its covered with shit ....... lol

Canna
Canna

how about it was washed in by the rain its small enough to fit through some very small holes

Ileene Marcuse
Ileene Marcuse

I found the comments on here way more entertaining than the article! lol

ChrisBryant
ChrisBryant

@Joel West I get that you're making a joke. I don't think the others do. 

NO BUDY
NO BUDY

@Joel West AAAANNNND The Ming Dynasty is around 700 years old. Not 220 years old

NO BUDY
NO BUDY

@Joel West dinosaurs aren't 220 years old, they're millions of years old

Carlos23
Carlos23

If I made a little watch ring TODAY and went back 400 years to put it in a tomb, and was found tomorrow, it would be 400 years old not 1 day old.