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    Hey all. I have a mystery for inquiring minds. This summer I aquired an antique silver pocket watch made in 1873. It's not a glamorous treasure by any means, but as soon as I picked it up, I knew that it was special. I was simply drawn to it. The watch didn't work, but I knew that it could be fixed. I opened up the back to see the "guts" of the watch. Inside the back cover was a picture of a gentleman. He was in a military uniform and was apparently the cousing of the "since past" man that owned the watch. Upon popping open the glass face, I noticed something very interesting on this watch. That sealed my decision to buy it. Etched around the face of the watch into the silver was a string of numbers and letters. I needed a loupe to see them clearly. I have no idea what they are for, but they just had to be important if they were etched into the silver of a nice pocket watch. What would the reason be for doing this? I've transcribed the letters/numbers the best I could, and I will post them here. My hope is that someone here at Tweleve can make some sense out of them. I will be working on them myself, however I know that more minds are better than one! And this site, in my opinion, hosts some of the most brilliant minds out there! So, here is the string of letters/numbers:
    XK70 X(R)867 XE793 XD34(7or2) C929 XC389X XH978X X9781V 9956X A69X XA69X

    The (R) I'm not sure of. It looks like a lower case "r". Also the (7or2) could be either of those numbers. There is some separation between the sequece.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
    jclark

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    hmm, lots of watches that are silver & made in 1873 are out there..are there any identifying marks on the front or the back? do you know who the man is? where the watch came from? yes im looking for ya.. but i think i need a tad more info...maybe a picture? let me know
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    I'll try and get a picture today. Yes, this is your typical 1873 pocket watch. However, the etchings are done by hand, they almost looked "scratched" in. possibly by the watch owner. As for the owner, I'm not sure, as this was an estate sale. Either way, I'll work on a picture to post here. Thanks for the help!

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