Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

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    Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

    My watch budget is modest. Iíve recently become interested in purchasing a relatively inexpensive skeleton watch (roughly under $200 usd), just as a ďfun watchĒ, conversation piece, etc. that I would wear infrequently. (I already have the pre-requisite dive watch, dress watch, sports watch, beater watch, etc.)

    In retail stores in my area, Iíve had the opportunity to handle watches and see the movements operating on inexpensive skeletons with the brand names Akribos, Sturhling, Fossil and Kenneth Cole. These watches have list prices of roughly $150 or more, but are generally available at discount prices around $80. From reading posts here on Watchuseek, I believe that the movements in these watches are Hangzhou 9xxx series?

    On the internet, I have seen pictures and read specs/reviews for the Stauer 1779 skeleton watch ($100 on Stauer website) and the Sea-Gull M182SK skeleton watch ($185 on Sea-Gull website). I donít know which movement the Stauer uses. The Sea-Gull uses Sea-Gullís in-house ST-16 movement.

    Sea-Gull watches in general have been favorably reviewed on Watchuseek, and in particular the Sea-Gull M182SK skeleton watch that I am considering has been favorably reviewed.

    My problem is that I can only buy the Sea-Gull sight-unseen and only at Sea-Gull website retail price, and the Sea-Gull is more than twice the price of most of the other skeleton watches that Iím considering that I can buy locally at significant discount off retail, and is almost twice the price of the Stauer.

    For those of you with experience with multiple skeleton watches, is the Sea-Gull movement much more interesting to watch in motion? Is the Sea-Gull movement, case, fit and finish, etc. worth roughly double the prices of the other watches that Iím considering?

    Do you have any other opinions, or suggestions for other inexpensive skeleton watches that Iím unaware of?

    Thank you for your responses in advance.

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    Re: Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

    Look at Tao International. I think they sell through ebay only. They have an interesting dual-time movement with a day/night wheel that they put into a couple of styles of watches, including a couple of skeletons. I ordered one of these recently, but have not received it yet.
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    Re: Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

    Check out the Timex T2M515 auto. It is not a 100% skeleton but it is a partial one (if that is a correct description). Amazon has some, Just type in the model number and take a look. Around $100 also.
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    Re: Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

    Look at NakedWatch - they are a skeleton specialist

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    Re: Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

    I own a Theorema skeleton, you can find this watch under a plethora of brands engraved on the case back. I don't know what kind of movement it has, but I wear it from time to time and I am very pleased with it, the time keeping is wildly good considering the rather primitive state of the movement (it keeps time down to a couple of seconds per day)

    For about 100$ shipped I say this is a sweet deal

    Here are a couple of pics of it:




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    Re: Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

    As most of your questions are related to chinese movements I'd re-post on our Chinese Watches Forum.
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    Re: Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by Haf View Post
    I own a Theorema skeleton, you can find this watch under a plethora of brands engraved on the case back. I don't know what kind of movement it has, but I wear it from time to time and I am very pleased with it, the time keeping is wildly good considering the rather primitive state of the movement (it keeps time down to a couple of seconds per day)

    For about 100$ shipped I say this is a sweet deal
    It's a Hangzhou skeleton movement in that watch.

    It's used in a lot of mushroom brands like Theorema, MZI, Chevenard, Tao International, ...

    I give one to my father for his birthday a year ago and his still very happy with it.
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    Re: Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

    Couple of nice Chenevard over on RLT

    http://www.rltwatches.co.uk/acatalog/Chenevard_.html

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    Re: Most interesting movements in inexpensive skeleton watches?

    Thank you for your responses. Following various suggestions, I have re-posted in the Chinese Mechanical Watches forum, and I'm checking out Tao and NakedWatches.

    Regardless of forum post location, I'm still interested in any opinions from anyone with experience with the different movements in inexpensive skeleton watches.

    Are they all basically the same to look at in operation, or are some clearly "better" or "more interesting" than others? For instance, some have seconds hand centered on dial, some have seconds hand centered at 9 o'clock, some have seconds hand centered at 6 o'clock, some have different colors, materials in the movement gears, etc.

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