It looks like some crusty old rock, but this is actually an exquisite 17th century pocket-watch. And now, state of the art x-rays have revealed that its 300-year-old mechanisms are still perfectly intact inside its rusting shell.
The watch was found by a diver off the coast of Scotland in 1970, amidst a shipwreck that is thought to date from 1653. It has been in the National Museum of Scotland’s collection since then, though historians had not been able to glean much about its condition from conventional X-rays. But when the museum’s researchers read about a technique called X-ray computed tomography (CT) that had been used to image a similar artifact, and they thought it might do the trick.
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