Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch had an inscription inside of it, that he didn’t even know about. A watchmaker was fixing Abe’s pocket watch when the news of the attack on Fort Sumter reached Washington, D.C.
The watchmaker unscrewed the pocket watch and used a sharp instrument to write inside of it. He wrote
April 13-1861 Fort Sumpter [sic] was attacked by the rebels on the above date J Dillon April 13-1861 Washington Thank God we have a government Jonth Dillon”
Abe Lincoln never knew of this, in fact no one but the watchmaker knew exactly what was written in that watch until 150 years later.
Here’s a watch my grandfather left me a few years ago. I’ve looked all over the internet and I’ve found exactly zero information about it, but two things I’m sure of - it dates to at least the 1950’s, and the dial is radium paint. That’s right! I’ve got myself a little radioactive watch.
Is it dangerous? As long as I don’t open it up and lick the numbers or snort the dust contained inside the glass, it’s perfectly alright. But that also means it’ll be next to impossible to get it working again.