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.