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Ramjet
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From: Maitland, NSW
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10 January 2016 08:28 am

A different watch, this time a complete one. This is the watch Rocket and I found with the XP Deus and I would like to try open it up to see if there are any hallmarks, engraving etc. It's had a little soak in olive oil and I was thinking of trying to remove some of the rusted iron with a bit of electrolysis.
Thoughts anyone??

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Touch the Frog.
Garrett At Pro, XP Deus, CTX 3030, pin pointer. Oldest find 1807 halfpenny, oldest silver 1854 threepence.

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rocketaroo
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10 January 2016 08:31 am

give it a go, if its plated the silver may not survive? nothing to loose in my opinion.


Greg from Newcastle NSW, XP Deus rocks. Oldest Coin English 1853 Silver Groat/four pence.

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Nightjar
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10 January 2016 09:08 am

The Digger (Frank) is a member on this site, he introduced me to using "Molasses."
Bought a tin of it from supermarket and soaked a relic in it for about 3 weeks, the results were amazing.
Unfortunately don't have a "before" photo.

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Happy Hunting, Nightjar.

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Wally69
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10 January 2016 09:27 am

I have cleaned a few plated ones and they have all fallen apart as the corrosion had got into the joints and cracks cry

The silver hallmarks on the one I found on the same day as your fantastic find are on the inside of the decorative plate. The pin is brass and did not survive the years of crushing. With care I can't see why yours could not be opened up as it looks in good condition. I loosened the pin on one of my plated watches with WD40, it also penetrated the dirt enough for a toothpick to remove it.

Pretty sure yours, like my recent one, is 0800 Swiss Silver or 80% and a rub with bicarb paste will have that silver shining like new.

Good luck. cool

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Ramjet
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10 January 2016 09:57 am

Thanks for the replies. Heard of using molassas but never done it... well only used it in making BBQ sauces big_smile

I think i will give that a go.


Touch the Frog.
Garrett At Pro, XP Deus, CTX 3030, pin pointer. Oldest find 1807 halfpenny, oldest silver 1854 threepence.

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Goldtarget
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10 January 2016 10:43 am

I have a rust converter I use which you immerse the item in but the drawback is once it restores everything (can get intricate parts moving and all just reverses the oxidation) any exposed metals will re rust albeit slowly. Awesome for car parts, pumps etc that you can paint again but not so good for pocket watches.

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Nightjar
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10 January 2016 09:35 pm

Ramjet wrote:

Thanks for the replies. Heard of using molassas but never done it... well only used it in making BBQ sauces big_smile

I think i will give that a go.

Maybe PM The Digger, because there is a mix of water and molasses but cannot remember the ratio.

Cheers & good luck


Happy Hunting, Nightjar.

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Ramjet
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10 January 2016 09:40 pm

It's in a molassas bath. 9 to 1 is the ratio I found with a bit of reading. Slow process but I'll keep updating the progress.


Touch the Frog.
Garrett At Pro, XP Deus, CTX 3030, pin pointer. Oldest find 1807 halfpenny, oldest silver 1854 threepence.

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