Imagine you live on a boat, on the sea, in the tropics. You have this 250+ year old verge fusee pocket watch that is in absolutely perfect condition after a major service less than a year ago. You love to see the watch all the time, you love to handle it and wind the watch and admire it every now and then.
How would you keep it stored? I don't live on a boat but I do live on a tropical island ON the ocean so the same conditions apply.
I currently have it in a display dome with a giant desiccant pack at the bottom. A very small dome, just big enough for the watch to hang and barely touch the desiccant pack. It's only been 8 months since I moved to these conditions and I'm so paranoid I've only opened the display dome 2 times! I am using the desiccant packs you can get on Amazon with the beads that change colour when they are saturated with moisture. It seems that even after 8 months, the same desiccant pack is still going strong if the beads are to be believed. I'm not sure how great the seal is between the glass dome and the trench in the wood base but it seems quite good.
So I'm not so much paranoid about humidity as I am about the salt content in the air. I have seen things rust CRAZY fast since moving here. Just thinking about the inside parts of the watch that are not gilt like the springs and chain getting surface rust is really keeping me up at night.
Am I being too paranoid? Should I wrap the watch in acid free archive paper and seal it in a double seal zip-lock freezer bag with 2 desiccant packs and never open the bag again?
What do you guy think? I need some reassurance or a reality check or suggestions or something lol.