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Skeleton Watches More or Less?

Updated on November 30, 2012

What Are Skeleton Watches?

Skeleton Watches are those watches the reveal the working parts of the watch movement to a greater or lesser degree, so you see more by having less. The amount of movement displayed ranges from a small cut-out on the dial face to where the whole mechanism can not only be viewed from the front but also the back, this is where a glass/crystal exhibition back is fitted.

Full Skeleton Watch

The appeal of skeleton watches can simply be to be able to see the precision engineering that is normally hidden away, and with all the moving parts on display the balance wheel appears more like the heart of a living object than an inanimate one.

As well as the required parts, makers of skeleton watches will then often go on to engrave visible parts with exquisite design and use contrasting precious metals or gemstones to enhance the appearance, turning a time piece into a work of art that can travel with you.

The range of skeleton watches has never been greater both in design and price, ranging from under a 100 dollars to in excess of 2.5 million dollars for a Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4, which as you would imagine is something a bit special!

Partial Skeleton Watch

Skeleton watches can be commissioned so that you can have a unique design, but obviously this will come at a price, also there are many collectors of skeleton watches out there so buying a good skeleton watch can be an investment, but like all investments you need to know what you are doing, but if you would like to see some readily affordable and available watches these are just a few skeleton watches found in the gents watches guide.


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