Skeleton Watches Show You More Of The Action
The idea of a skeletonized watch isn’t a new thing but it’s still a thing of beauty that never gets old, so why do you think manufactures focus on Chrystal case backs in their attempt to show off their movements?
When I first asked myself this question it struck me as something quite ludicrous while nobody can see it during daily use, and only its owner can view it once the watch is off the wrist and held at an angel. Conversely, it also occurred to me a watch with a skeleton dial allowing a clear view of the movement seems a bit cheap and nasty, and after giving it some thought it dawned on me the answer was quality and simplicity.
Less is More
In this writers opinion, Less Is More in all aspects of life, well, mostly. It’s certainly true of the luxury watch world with a few exceptions that qualify simply because of their awesome precision and craftwork, take the Vacheron Constantin Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication containing 514 components for example.
This type of exception aside the simpler the design the more one can gain pleasure from its precision engineering rather than the bells and whistles, but how do you go about selecting a tasteful skeleton watch?
Well, there are many examples of expensive but garish timepieces that leave me cold, but by the same token, it’s not too difficult to track down some lovely examples of understated luxury. For the purpose of this article, I wanted to give you a few examples of affordable luxury skeleton watches that check all the boxes offering top quality engineering and a timeless beauty.
Beautify Skeleton Watches
Louis Erard Men’s Excellence Skeleton Automatic Watch
The Louis Erard Excellence Skeleton watch in stainless steel powered by an analog automatic Swiss movement looks every bit the luxury item while maintaining a dignified maturity. No need to open the case up fully to expose the full movement that almost always spoils the effect when it’s difficult to clearly see the hands amongst the complexity of the movement. This perfect example retains the classic Roman watch markers around the circumference in a clean black on white design, complete with the delicate blue hands that easily stand out against the markers, as they do against the beautifully understated workings of the movement.
This piece has no additional complications to spoil the overall look and feel, only at the 6 o’clock position we see the simple yet elegant branding ‘Louis Erand Automatic’ where the VI marker would be. Completing the look of this 40mm beauty is the classic black leather strap that links to the subtle lugs. Surprisingly, this piece can also boast a water resistance to 50 meters.
This piece can be found under the serial number of MPN61233AA22.BDC02 and retails for £2,250.00 or $2,943.34 making it an affordable luxury timepiece.
Oris Artelier Silver Skeleton Dial Automatic Men’s Leather Watch
My second choice is the Oris Artelier skeleton automatic in silver-tone stainless steel 40 mm case with classic black leather strap. You may notice immediately this Oris piece resembles the previous Louis Erard in many ways, although the Oris is somewhat more subtle when it comes to markers and hands. The style is similar but the white dial around the circumference sports white Arabic markers and white hour, minute, and seconds hands, and while this makes it less easy to read at a glance the overall design is pleasing to the eye.
Again, the skeleton window only shows the inner circle of the movement to leave enough real estate to make the watch useable and also offers the transparent case back. The brand Oris is positioned at the 6 o’clock position and the strap again connects using subtle lugs.
The heart of this beast is the Oris Calibre 734 automatic movement offering a 38-hour power reserve topped with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting the movement and dial that also helps provide a water resistance to 50 meters / 165 feet.
This piece can be found under the serial number of 01 734 7721 4051-07 5 21 61FC retailing for $1,495.00 (44% off) or £1,142.84 making it another affordable luxury timepiece.
Bulova Men’s Automatic Watch
The last and most definitely not least of my choices today is the Bulova Men’s Automatic which I guess could be seen as a ‘wild card’ because it’s not a Swiss Made movement. Don’t let that deter you because this little beauty runs the world-renowned and widely used movements from Japan, the Miyota Automatic, that’s been the beating heart of millions of accurate, reliable, and inexpensive watches for years.
I understand it may not have the cache of a Swiss Made movement but just bear in mind how accurate and highly engineered it is. Then you can start to understand how this lovely looking watch can be offered at such an affordable price point. This leads me on to my second point and that is the sheer good looks and sharp design of this piece, just look at it and soak up the view. In my view, it’s just as lovely as the Louis Erard Excellence but at a fraction of the cost, and the brand name of Bulova is nothing to be dismissed either.
This men’s Bulova automatic is a 42mm stainless steel with silver skeleton dial and bright blue Roman markers plus black minute markers on white. The internal circumference is wider than the two previous examples but the design still keeps the visible area clean making the watch super easy to read at a glance.
Amazingly, they have managed to find room to add the Bulova brand at 12 o’clock and the word ‘Automatic’ at 6 o’clock without cluttering the design that sees a seamless join between the case and metal bracelet. Finally, I just wanted to tell you it’s water resistant to 100 metres, I know, right!
This piece can be found under the serial number of MPN96A187 retailing for £265.00 or $346.660 making it supremely affordable while remaining a truly lovely piece.
The Take Away
I’m not sure what I can say to sum up this brief piece other than try to keep your mind open when it comes to brand names. We all like to think of ourselves as smart consumers with great taste so we always want to ‘best brand’, but it’s not always that simple is it? Just because someone has money doesn’t necessarily mean that someone has good taste and vice verse, and indeed, who’s to say what good taste is anyway?
So, I think the take away here is doing your homework and sourcing the right watch for you at the right price is essential. If this article proves anything, it’s that a beautiful timepiece can be yours for very little money.
So, if you’re looking for the perfect Watch at the perfect price, from a trusted source, you know it can be a stressful experience, with the right help and advice, you too can find your dream timepiece. As I’m considered an expert in my field and I write for other publications like Wrist Review I know you’ll benefit from my experience and avoid the pitfalls.
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