Most accurate skeleton brand in the $300 range?

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    Most accurate skeleton brand in the $300 range?

    Hi everyone. First-time poster here.

    I'm interested in picking up a skeleton, but want something that is reasonably accurate, or I don't see the point. I had picked up a Stuhrling "Classic Winchester Tempest II" for a little over $100 US, but returned it because it gained around ten minutes a day.

    I'm wondering if I spend a little more (say around $300), is there a brand that is a bit more reliable? Or is every brand a crapshoot at this price?

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    Re: Most accurate skeleton brand in the $300 range?

    I would suggest a Sea-gull M182SK. It's a solid, nicely decorated movement and it looks really good with the blued hands.
    These can be had for around $150 and get pretty good reviews around here.

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    Re: Most accurate skeleton brand in the $300 range?

    Welcome to the forum! Sea-Gull branded watches are typically very accurate. You won't have any Swiss options in a skeleton until you approach 1.5-2k. You are really looking at Chinese movements and a Sea-Gull movement in a Sea-Gull watch is probably the best bet for accuracy. If you are open to open heart varieties your options expand.
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    Re: Most accurate skeleton brand in the $300 range?

    Thanks for the welcome! Is there a good source for Sea-Gull brand watches? Amazon's selection seems a little thin.

    Also, perhaps this is due to my relative newness to skeleton watches, but what is an "open heart" variety?

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    Re: Most accurate skeleton brand in the $300 range?

    An open heart typically shows a portion of the movement, rather than the whole thing. Like so:


    If you like the open heart style (which to me, would get tiresome less quickly then a full on skeleton), I'd suggest looking at Orient or possibly a used Hamilton. Both have a nice selection of open heart styles.
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    Re: Most accurate skeleton brand in the $300 range?

    What about the parnis PR open heart? $80

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    Re: Most accurate skeleton brand in the $300 range?

    Orient do some excellent open heart watches but if you want full skelly you are probably best going with Sea-Gull.

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    Re: Most accurate skeleton brand in the $300 range?

    Bulova makes a nice skeleton in that range. Comes in both black and silver dials I believe... I prefer the silver myself.

    Model # 96A107 is silver:



    Model # 96A113 is black:


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    Skeleton watches under $300

    I am looking for a skeleton watch, but the budget is limited to $300. Any recommendation ?

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    Re: Skeleton watches under $300

    Mecanique skeleton stainless steel bracelet watch - GB05032/06 | Rotary Watches

    Rotary do some powered by the Miyota 8015 for around that. If you shop around online you can get good discounts of 20% or more.

    They do other styles to the one in the lin (which comes in a variety of colours) but I don't know what movement they use.

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