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    Question Skeleton watches

    I love the movement and mechanics of watches. There doesn't seem to be a better way to appreciate this than to have a skeleton watch. I can see myself watching my... watch for hours. There does seem to be a problem however. There only seem to be two types of skeleton watch:

    1 - Really cheap/nasty. This I don't understand at all. Why would you want to look at the movement of a nasty watch?
    2 - Outrageously expensive. This I understand but don't like.

    Does anyone know of a nice affordable skeleton watch model?

    Partial or complete skeleton. On a smart rather than sporty watch.
    I have up to 2k to spend (would prefer 1k).
    I don't want anything huge. So below 40mm.
    I would prefer a manufacturer I had heard of but not really an issue.
    I would prefer to get it used.

    I hope someone can help me spend my hard earned cash...

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    Re: Skeleton watches

    Epos has a model that might grab you.

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    Re: Skeleton watches

    Hey glad to see another skeleton lover here, Its true what you say there seems to be thousands of cheap skeletons, on ebay, amazon and at the malls, most of them use the same three movements. If you want to step up from there then you have to be prepared to spend some dough....With that in mind here are a few suggestions

    Orient CFT00004b (semi skeleton with a semi racing theme going on, I have this watch its awesome)
    Oris atelier skeleton (skeletonized ETA) If I had the extra cash lying around id definitely add this one to my colection.
    Steinhart (this one is a little big though i think its 47 mm)
    Bulova makes a few models but im not particularly fond of these
    Swatch Body and Soul : (meh,,,not really all that nice up close, feels cheap..even for a swatch)
    Seagull....(this is the movement you will find in about 80% of the cheap skeletons, I have a kenneth cole with this movement, its surprisingly well made and keeps good time)

    Good luck, be sure to let us know what you end up with.

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    Re: Skeleton watches

    Thanks for your replies.

    Your suggestions:
    Epos - Great call! The 3305 looks really nice. I will investigate further. Shame it is not a more renowed brand.
    Orient - Nice but a bit too sporty.
    Oris - Very nice but too big ;-(
    Steinhart - Way too big.
    Swatch - Just no.
    Seagull - The ones I found where 42mm. Do they make anything smaller?

    The ones I had found were:
    Tourboy - These are really nice but a bit big.
    Art Deco Skeleton Models - Artikel - TOURBY WATCHES HAGEN IN WESTFALEN
    Baume & Mercier Classima - Very nice but too big again.

    Can anyone think of any others???

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaz_at_home View Post
    Seagull - The ones I found where 42mm. Do they make anything smaller?



    Can anyone think of any others???
    I just ordered the sea gull m182sk blue. 38mm
    http://usseagull.com/EnProductShow.a...ssID=69&ID=112

    Will give you more info when I get it

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    Re: Skeleton watches

    I would go with the tourby. Its beautiful and that movement keeps excellent time.

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    Re: Skeleton watches



    This is the Sapphire Ghost by Invicta it uses a Swiss ETA 2824 25 Jewel Movement
    modified by Valjoux.Also this should cost about $700 or less US.
    Last edited by casyjones3; July 4th, 2011 at 19:16.

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    Re: Skeleton watches

    try claude meylan
    perrelet has a few skeleton chronos
    a really nice 38mm one from chronoswiss - search on ebay

    search for "skeleton" on chrono 24, you will find a lot

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    Re: Skeleton watches

    The problem seems to be more with the size than quality. There are lots of nice watches out there but they are all about 42mm.

    The Chronoswiss one is nice but a long way over the 2k budget.

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    Re: Skeleton watches

    ahh come on!!! The Oris skeleton isnt too big!!!

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