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  1. #1
    Feb 2005
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    AMAZING Railroad Pocket Watch!! Gold??

    I actually found this a couple weeks ago, but I lost all the pictures on my phone when it updated . I ended up recovering them off the memory card, so I figured I'd post it! Anyway, I recently bought a new NEL Storm coil for my AT Pro, so I wanted to take it on a test hunt to get an idea of how it performed in the field. I took it to a buddy's place that was built in the 1830s or 1840s. We have hunted it a lot, I thought the NEL would be able to sniff out some deeper relics... and I was right! I got a strong, deep signal that ended up being this awesome pocket watch! The ground was thawing, so everything I dug was covered in a thick layer of mud. That being said, I couldn't see anything engraved on it while I was out there. Imagine my surprise when I finally was able to wash it off and saw a great train scene engraved on both sides! It appears to be gold, but I haven't had it tested yet. I doubt it is, and I don't want to risk breaking it by opening it. Gold or not, it's definitely a great start to 2018! Enjoy!

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    If you search long enough, you'll find what you're looking for.

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  2. #2
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    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
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    Very nice find!

  3. #3

    Aug 2014
    De Tampe Bahia - La Florida
    JW 8X - ML X2
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    Ya gotta open it up... AFTER good soft external cleaning.

    All info is inside case.

    PS... The green "crust" is not a good sign of gold.
    Have permission... Fill holes... Dispose of trash. - The Random Chat Thread - AKA -" TNet Under Ground " http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ev...l-welcome.html

  4. #4
    Jan 2017
    Western ny
    equinox 800, Whites mx sport, Garrot carrot, bounty hunter time ranger
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    probably gold filled? Could be solid gold, though it is unlikely. Still even if it turns out gold filled it is a great find!
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  5. #5
    Mar 2009
    United States
    CTX 3030, TDI SL
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    nice find! It contains at least some gold. I found one a while back that after a quick wipe looked really good. Turned out to be what's called "rolled gold" which is essentially a thick plate. Let us know what you find out

  6. #6
    Feb 2017
    CTX 3030 (April 2017) AT Pro Garrett Carrot Pro Pointer Stavr Scoop Moonstrik 6 Stealth 720i (BNIB) Home made beach scoop
    850 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    WOW what a great find!!

    I think it was more about getting your coil over the target this time, rather than I do the Storm coil (given the depth), but whatever the reason for the find I still thinks its pretty great!!
    Treasure is where you find it, trash is where they left it.


  7. #7

    Jul 2015
    s.tier NY
    665 times
    Metal Detecting
    I think it looks like gold ,no corrosion after being underground for over 150 years.?....A GREAT START ....

  8. #8
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    Jun 2014
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    Sweet, congrats on that cool pocket watch. Don'tcha just love to see gold when the dirt is washed away.
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  9. #9
    Low & Slow 2C Below

    Sep 2017
    SW Washington
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    Congratulations on your awesome score! Sorry about your phone update challenge .

    Hope it’s gold my friend!


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  10. #10

    Nov 2017
    646 times
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    A pocket watch of that caliber is at the top of my bucket list. That is a gorgeous find, and a GREAT way to start 2018! Congratulations on a spectacular find!!
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  11. #11
    Three Amigo Detecting

    Sep 2010
    Out Diggin Silver
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    Nice pocket watch you dug there.
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  12. #12
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    Scotland, Aye !!

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
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    I'd take it to a jeweler, have him open it up and show you the letters, words and numbers that will be there.
    Ask him what they all mean.

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  13. #13
    Charter Member
    Oct 2014
    Garrett: AT Pro, AT Gold & Infinium; Minelab: Explorer SE, II & X-terra 705; Tesoro: Tejon & Outlaw; White's: V3i & DFX
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    Congratulations on the nice find!
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  14. #14
    "Nova Scotia is a metal detecting paradise"

    Feb 2014
    Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
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    Now thats awesome regardless of the gold content. Sweet find!
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    Still working on getting this one! 😃👍

  15. #15

    Feb 2017
    FEMA REGION 5 North Central Illinois
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    Cool as all get out mate. Love it regardless of gold content. SWEET!
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