For those who don’t know, skeleton watches are watches that have their inner gears exposed on display behind the viewing glass. It’s a rather unique kind of style for consumers. It’s also different from other regular watch products that also come off attractive at the same time. Unlike some of the other battery-powered watches that come with quartz movements, skeleton watches have mechanical movements and have to be wound up for them to work.
The kind of engineering and craftsmanship that goes into skeleton watches is truly a work of art. There are several models that come for either men, or women, or even both.
The best skeleton watches, especially those that come with Swiss movements, are priced somewhere in the thousand-dollar range. However, there are some high-quality models that can come in a smaller budget, even under the $500 ceiling.
1: Stührling Anatol 371 Automatic 47mm Skeleton, $250
When it comes to design, this Stuhrling timepiece is some of the spiffiest looking ones that you will come across. You can get this in a variety of color palettes.
Each model comes with a unique case made of stainless steel and a buckle with an alligator leather calfskin band. Although it may make the watch look a bit more casual, it’ll still be suitable for numerous styles and events.
Krysterna crystal is what covers the watch’s front and back, something that the brand is truly proud of. The sun and moon engraving in the topmost sub-dial is a neat feature to inform people of the AM/PM timing.
2: Invicta Men’s 1090 Russian Diver, $169
The next entry in our list of affordable watches is the Invicta 1090 Russian Diver watch. It’s a homage to the 1959 model that the Russian Naval Fleet commission for the brand.
Being around for more than a century means that you’re in good hands within the Invicta branded watch. The company is especially renowned for its line of watches that are not only well-crafted but also modestly priced. The Russian Diver, in particular, comes with a mechanical movement that needs to be wound up in order to produce energy.
Those with small wrists might not find this watch to be suitable for their tastes. That’s because it is a large 52 mm watch. But those with larger wrists will find it to be a great piece of accessory at formal gatherings. They’ll also get compliments for it.
It also includes a screw-down crown, a strap made of polyurethane and stainless steel, and a stainless-steel case and bezel. It’s also water-resistant that is capable of withstanding 50 m of depth.
3: Bulova 98A179, $297
This beauty’s classy and debonair case and band from Bulova is made of gunmetal-toned stainless steel. The link band is adjustable and has a double-press deployment closure. And even though there’s a bit of heaviness to it, it feels really nice on one’s wrist. The exhibition caseback makes the detailed silver tone movement easily visible. The material for the dial window is made from a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Not only does it look great for formal and business events, but it’s also a deal setter for casual date nights.
Other features include a sapphire glass and a skeleton automatic movement with a power reserve of 40 hours.
4: Scuderia Ferrari Men’s Skeleton Automatic Watch, $369
The Ferrari’s Scuderia has managed to set a standard of its own. The super cool and lush design of this timepiece perfectly reflects the brand’s motorsport background.
The name and the top center of the watch, which is “driver” in Italian. It ideally emulates the timepiece’s competitive character along. The cockpit-themed instrumentation dial details as well as the wonderfully standard 45 mm case.
The sporty yet refined style makes it the kind of watch that’s made for Ferrari drivers on the racing track or out for a charming night drive in the city.