How did a 100-year-old Swiss watch get inside a 400-year-old tomb?

The Ming Dynasty Tombs
The Ming Dynasty Tombs

As a lover of tiny antiques, this story grabbed my interest. Archaeologists in China are scratching their heads trying to figure this one out. The archaeologists were working on a documentary with two Shangsi journalists. While excavating a Ming dynasty tomb, which they believe hasn’t been disturbed since its creation, they discovered a tiny watch ring with “Swiss” engraved on the back.

“When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, a piece of rock suddenly dropped off and hit the ground with a metallic sound,? said Jiang Yanyu, former curator of the Guangxi Autonomous Region Museum. “We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it was a watch.”

As you can see in the photo, the time was stopped at 10:06 AM. (how did they know it was AM and not PM? It’s too bad it that it didn’t have the AM/PM and date features too). The dig has been suspended while they try to solve this mystery.

So how did it get there? Switzerland wasn’t even a country four hundred years ago. Is this a sign of time travel? Is there a watch expert out there who can tell us if there has ever been a watch like this made any time in history? I know that ring finger watches have been made because I had one as a kid that I still have put away somewhere. But one just like this? I’ve been researching for something similar but haven’t found anything yet.

Do you think this is just another hoax? It’s hard to tell yet but it’ll be very interesting to watch this story unfold.