Saturday, March 17, 2012

3/17/12 Report - Watches, Test Pens, & Other Connections

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11 Million Dollar Watch.

Watches are common detector finds. Anything from Philip Patek to Timex. Just beware that some can be very valuable and other can be useful even if not valuable.

Even if you find a drowned or destroyed watch it can still have value. Remember, some watch cases are made of gold or platinum.

You can miss a lot of watches if you use discrimination. It can be hard for a detector to correctly identify a watch.

Don't throw a watch away right away after you dig it up even if you find that it is not working. Check it out first.

There are some nice watch reference guides that provide lot of good information. The one shown here is The Complete Price Guide to Watches by Shugart and Gilbert. Over a 1000 pages covering everything from American Watch Co. to Zodiac.

Here is a list of 20 watches running from $75,000 up to a million.

There are a lot of nice but cheaper watches. I always like finding working dive watches. And sliders.

Watch Price Guide.

According to a March 16, 2012, The Associated Press story, Spain is now trying to get the courts to force Odyssey Marine to give them the artifacts found on the Nuestra Senora de Las Mercedes to go along with the 600,000 coins that were already sent to Spain. A hearing is scheduled.

Thanks to Jorge Y. for sending that story to me.

We're making connections here on the Treasure Beaches Report. I guess that is what this is all about.

A few days ago I posted what appeared to be a 19th Century button for ID. On it was the motto "This I'll Defend". We learned that the motto was connected with a couple of surnames. Last night I received an email from someone with a similar surname saying they didn't know the origin of the button but wondered if it was for sale. Wouldn't that be nice if the button found its way to the descendants of a family somehow connected to the button?

Even if the button is not for sale, bringing it to light might have added some knowledge or provided a hint to someone looking to get a better understanding of their family tree. I was thinking that it was an interesting coincidence that the connection was made on St. Patricks Day, but the name seems to be Scottish rather than Irish.

With around four hundred hits a day, there are going to be connections made here.

I recommend having test acid to test your finds. But test acid can deteriorate over time, so you might eventually need something to test your test acid.

You can get pens tipped with different precious metals and purities of gold to do that.

Test Pens.

These test pens are marked. You might be able to see 10K, 14K, etc. near the base of the pens.

Rub the tip of the pen on the touch stone and the apply the acid. Since you know the metal and its purity, you can then see if the acid is reacting properly.

You won't really need test pens if you have objects of different metals of known purity. Maybe they are marked or you've previously tested them.

I'm not expecting any change in detecting conditons on the Treasure Coast for a few days.

It is getting close to the time when the water hunting should get a little easier. Summer is coming.

Happy hunting,