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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15305OR.OO.D088CR.01 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding
15305OR.OO.D088CR.01
$225,000
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WHSA0019 New Gold/Steel 39.8mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Santos
DE - Skeleton WHSA0019 Large
$26,500
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15305OR.OO.D088CR.01 Very good Rose gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding
Openworked - Rose Gold 39mm 15305OR.OO.D088CR.01
$199,000
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Hublot Big Bang Unico 441.NM.1170.RX New Titanium 42mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Hublot Big Bang Unico
Titanium 42mm Skeletonized NEW
$16,500
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Dewitt Academia AC.GT.003 Unworn Rose gold 46mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Dewitt Academia
Grand Tourbillon AC.GT.003 18k Rose Gold LTD 99 pc
$125,700
+ $60 for shipping
Louis Moinet Mecanograph LM-31.10.65 New Steel 43.5mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Louis Moinet Mecanograph
Limited Edition Automatic 43.5mm Mens Watch LM-31.10.65
$8,250
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Cartier Pasha WHPA0007 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Pasha
WHPA0007 Steel Skeleton Dial
$29,199
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WHSA0015 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Santos
Skeleton WHSA0015 Large Mens Watch Box & Papers
$26,999
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.20416.4061/51.M2040 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Open Heart 42mm ∞ Extremely Clean ∞ Full Set with Steel Bracelet
$8,225
+ $45 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15416CE.OO.1225CE.01 New Ceramic 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
41mm 15416CE.OO.1225CE.01
$500,000
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Seiko Presage SPB171J1 Good Steel 40.6mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Ormond Beach
Seiko Presage
Arita Porcelain Limited Edition w/Bulang & Son Strap and Buckles
$1,895
+ $95 for shipping
HYT H1 New Titanium 48mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Fresno
HYT H1
$27,500
+ $29 for shipping
Franc Vila FVa35 New Carbon 50mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Franc Vila
5 Minute Repeater Supersonico FVa35 (New)
$28,000
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Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight T8.TH.008A New Rose gold 43mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight
Tourbillon 18k Skeleton T8.TH.008A 18k Rose Gold LTD
$48,700
+ $60 for shipping
Oris TT1 01 674 7659 4764 Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Oris TT1
Chronograph Black Dial 45mm Automatic Men's Watch 01 674 7659 4764
$1,950
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Cartier Santos Dumont W2020057 Unworn Rose gold 38mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Santos Dumont
W2020057 18K Rose Gold Skeleton Dial
$43,599
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WHSA0015 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Santos
WHSA0015 Large Skeleton Men's Watch Box & Papers
$28,999
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Patek Philippe Complications (submodel) 5180/1G-010 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
Patek Philippe Complications
5180/1G-010 Ultra Thin Skeleton Movement UNWORN
$86,850
+ $29 for shipping
Richard Mille RM 011 RM11-03 New Carbon Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Richard Mille RM 011
Black Carbon TPT Flyback Chronograph Watch (Ref # RM11-03)
$465,000
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Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9002.9004/78.R584 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Ormond Beach
Zenith Defy El Primero
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$7,985
+ $95 for shipping
Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 414.NI.1123.RX Unworn Titanium 45mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Hublot Big Bang Meca-10
414.NI.1123.RX
$18,500
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Audemars Piguet Millenary Ladies 26381BC.ZZ.D113CR.01 New White gold 45mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Audemars Piguet Millenary Ladies
Tourbillon Baguette White Gold 26381BC.ZZ.D113CR.01 (New)
$245,000
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Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight T8.TH.014 New Titanium 43mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight
Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon T8.TH.014 Titanium/DLC BLACK LTD10pc
$48,700
+ $60 for shipping
Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9002.9004/78.R584 New Titanium 44mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Zenith Defy El Primero
21 Chronograph
$9,950
+ $35 for shipping
Jacob & Co. EC313.42.SA.RR.F Very good Rose gold 47mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Jacob & Co.
. Epic X Chrono EC313.42.SA.RR.F 18K Rose Gold Red Index Dial
$38,199
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Girard Perregaux Laureato 81015-52-002-52A Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Girard Perregaux Laureato
Skeleton Rose Gold Automatic Mens Watch 81015-52-002-52A
$62,150
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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange 760.032F Very good Rose gold 41.9mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange
Tourbillon Pour Le Merite 760.032f 18k Rg B/P
$154,900
+ $29 for shipping
Richard Mille RM 030 RM030 New Titanium 50mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Richard Mille RM 030
Titanium Automatic Arabic Skeleton Dial Watch
$255,000
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.30.01.001 Very good Ceramic 44.25mm Manual winding United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Apollo 8 311.92.44.30.01.001
$9,425
+ $50 for shipping
Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 414.NI.1123.RX Very good Titanium 45mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Hublot Big Bang Meca-10
414.NI.1123.RX
$17,500
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Hublot Big Bang Ferrari 401.NX.0123.GR Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari
Skeleton Titanium 45mm Limited Edition
$16,800
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Harry Winston Ocean 400/MCR-A44ZA Very good 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Harry Winston Ocean
TRIPLE RETROGRADE CHRONOGRAPH ZALIUM 400/MCR-A44ZA
$18,700
+ $60 for shipping
Rebellion Very good Steel 47mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fresno
Rebellion
REB 7
$9,950
+ $29 for shipping
Cartier Pasha WHPA0007 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Pasha
WHPA0007 Steel Skeleton Dial
$29,199
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Omega De Ville Central Tourbillon 5946.30.31 Good Platinum 38.7mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Southampton
Omega De Ville Central Tourbillon
Platinum Chronometer Watch 5946.30.31
$129,995
+ $30 for shipping
Cartier Clé de Cartier WHCL0008 Very good Palladium 42mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton, 4251 North Federal Highway Boca Raton Fl. 33431
Cartier Clé de Cartier
WHCL0008 SKELETON Palladium 42mm Automatic Watch Box/Papers
$38,900
+ $29 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407BC.GG.1224BC.01 New White gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Frosted Gold 15407BC.GG.1224BC.01
$430,000
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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 642.OM.0180.RX New Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang
King Gold 42mm NEW IN STOCK 2022 B&P
$33,475
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Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9002.9004/78.R584 New Titanium 44mm Automatic United States of America, Rhode Island, Middletown
Zenith Defy El Primero
21
$8,499
+ $29 for shipping
Richard Mille RM 033 Unworn Rose gold 45.7mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Richard Mille
Rose Gold RM 033 UNWORN
$139,700
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Corum Admiral's Cup (submodel) 010.102.04/0001 AO15 Very good Titanium 45mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Corum Admiral's Cup
Minute Repeater Tourbillon - 010.102.04/0001 AO15 Titanium LTD
$189,700
+ $60 for shipping
jumbo chronograph Very good White gold 50mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fresno
Jumbo Chronograph
$19,500
+ $29 for shipping
Bulgari Octo 102946 Very good Rose gold 40mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Bulgari Octo
Finissimo 102946 18K Rose Gold Skeleton Dial
$38,199
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Richard Mille RM 032 RM032 Rose gold 50mm Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Richard Mille RM 032
Automatic Flyback Diver Chronograph 18k RG
$138,100
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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange 260.032 Unworn Rose gold 40.5mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange
260.032 18k Rose Gold Very Limited BOX/PAPERS UNWORN
$94,999
+ $29 for shipping
Richard Mille RM 67 RM67-01 Ti Unworn Titanium 38.7mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Richard Mille RM 67
Unworn 2022 Rm67-01 Titanium
$210,000
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Q1368430 New Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon
Automatic Men's Watch Q1368430 - Face 39mm
$9,500
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Richard Mille RM 029 Rm029 Very good Ceramic Automatic United States of America, Texas, Laredo
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Richard Mille RM 029
Polo Club Saint Tropez (Limited of 50 pieces)
$285,000
+ $50 for shipping
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFH227-1200300-HA1441 New White gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda
Centum Retrograde Perpetual PFH227-1200300-HA1441 18k White Gold
$42,700
+ $60 for shipping
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 642.OL.7180.RX New Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang
King Gold Blue 42mm NEW IN STOCK 2022 B&P
$33,750
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Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari MP-05 Good Titanium 39.5mm Manual winding United States of America, Pennsylvania, Southampton
Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari
Titanium Yellow Watch
$215,000
+ $30 for shipping
Greubel Forsey GMT 30 White gold 47.5mm Manual winding United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Greubel Forsey GMT
RG91YmxlIFRvdXJiaWxsb24gMzDCsCBUZWNobmlxdWUgMThrIFdoaXRlIEdvbGQg
$243,500
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Graham Silverstone 2TWAO.B01A Very good 46mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
Graham Silverstone
Tourbillograph 2twao.b01a - Woodcote Tourbillon B/P
$29,999
+ $29 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407ST.OO.1220ST.01 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Openwork 41mm Skeleton Stainless Steel 15407ST.OO.1220ST.01
$230,000
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Richard Mille RM 011 RM011 AJ TI Very good Titanium 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania
Richard Mille RM 011
Pre-Owned - Chronograph "Felipe Massa" - AJ TI
$259,950
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15416CE.OO.1225CE.01 Unworn Ceramic 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Unworn 2021 - 41mm
$434,000
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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 641.CI.7170.LR Very good Ceramic 42mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hallandale Beach
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang
Ceramic Blue 42mm 2020
$16,499
+ $59 for shipping
Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight T8.TH.014 New Titanium 43mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight
Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon T8.TH.014 Titanium/DLC BLACK LTD10pc
$48,700
+ $60 for shipping
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion 525.NX.0170.LR Good Titanium 45mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Orlando
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion
Titanium 45MM Chronograph [Skeleton] 525.NX.0170.LR
$8,995
+ $79 for shipping
Hublot King Power 701.OX.0180.RX Good Rose gold 48mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Southampton
Hublot King Power
Big Bang - Skeleton Dial Watch 701.OX.0180.RX
$19,995
+ $30 for shipping
Roger Dubuis Excalibur RDDBEX0793 Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Roger Dubuis Excalibur
42 Skeleton Micro-Rotor Automatic SS / SS RARE
$42,000
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Hublot King Power 716.OM.1129.RX.MAN11 Very good Rose gold 48mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
Hublot King Power
BigBang - Red Devil Manchester 18K Gold 250 World-Wide 716.OM.1129.RX.MAN1
$20,999
+ $29 for shipping

Skeleton Watches: Buying Advice for Timepieces with a View

Skeleton watches, which give you a view of a finely decorated movement, are some of the finest timepieces in haute horlogerie. Read on to find out everything there is to know about different manufacturers of skeleton watches and their prices.


What should I note when buying a skeleton watch?

  • Budget: Prices range from 200 euros to over 500,000 euros
  • Do you want a watch skeletonized by hand?
  • Or is a machine-finished timepiece fine by you?
  • Pay attention to the size of the watch: There are skeleton watches for men and women

How much do skeleton watches cost?

As there are thousands of different skeleton watches, the prices vary. You can find affordable skeleton watches for a few hundred euros. High-end models with a movement skeletonized by hand can cost hundreds of thousands of euros. Take a look at the table to get an idea of the prices.


Detailed Price Information

Model Price
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked About 40,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin About 75,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Openworked About 200,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Grande Complication About 650,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater About 370,000 euros
Patek Philippe Grandes Complications Ref. 5304R-001 About 540,000 euros
Patek Philippe Complications Ref. 5180/1G-010 About 80,000 euros
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 About 3,300 euros
Tissot T-Complication Squelette Mechanical About 1,400 euros
Fossil Grant Sport About 240 euros
Fossil The Commuter About 220 euros
Bulova Men's Automatic Watch 96A170 About 240 euros

Prices for Top-Ranked Skeleton Watches

Skeleton watches from Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe are of the highest quality. Both manufacturers emphasize perfectly made watches and precise calibers. The movements are skeletonized by hand, making it clear how much sophistication is present in every single wristwatch from these companies. The quality of their work and finishing is internationally unmatched.

A pre-owned stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked in very good condition costs around 35,000 euros. New, it costs 40,000 euros. For a pre-owned, ultra-thin rose gold version, you should be prepared to spend around 67,000 euros. New rose gold versions will set you back around 75,000 euros. If you want a skeletonized Royal Oak with a tourbillon, you should plan to spend 200,000 euros. This price applies to new gold and stainless steel watches. The stainless steel version is limited to a run of 100 watches, making it extremely rare and also a good investment. The Royal Oak Openworked Grande Complication is even more expensive. The intricate titanium watch costs over 650,000 euros. A new Millenary Minute Repeater is somewhat less expensive; it only costs 370,000 euros.

Patek Philippe models are in a similar price range as the skeleton watches from Audemars Piguet. The Patek Philippe Grandes Complications Ref. 5304R-001 costs around 500,000 euros pre-owned. New models cost around 540,000 euros. In comparison, the ultra-thin Complications 5180/1G-010 is a steal. This gold timepiece costs around 65,000 pre-owned, but new, you should plan to spend around 80,000 euros.


Entry-Level and Mid-Range Skeleton Watches

TAG Heuer offers a wonderful cost/performance ratio with their Carrera Calibre Heuer 01. You can purchase this chronograph new and with a rubber strap for around 3,300 euros. Versions with a metal bracelet are only slightly more expensive. Even the rose gold model, costing 6,300 euros, is comparatively inexpensive, especially when you consider that the caliber Heuer 01 is an in-house movement.

Tissot offers an inexpensive entry into the world of skeleton watches. Their Chemin Des Tourelles model is available new for 1,200 euros. A new T-Complication Squelette Mechanical with a manual caliber and small seconds costs only 200 euros more.

The skeleton watches from Fossil and Bulova are even more affordable. The price difference can be explained by these manufacturers' use of mass-produced calibers from Japan or China. The Fossil Grand Sport with a moon phase display and a calendar costs just 240 euros. The classic model The Commuter costs only 220 euros. The Bulova skeleton watch for men costs a similar amount at 300 euros.


Which skeleton watches are there?

There are countless skeleton watches from numerous manufacturers in almost every price range, from an affordable skeleton watch for only a few hundred euros to a luxury watch for over 500,000 euros. The spectrum is enormous and you can find the right timepiece for every taste and budget. The following table should help you find the right watch for you.


Detailed Price Information

Model Complications Price
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Automatic About 40,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin Date, automatic About 75,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Openworked Tourbillon About 200,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Grande Complication Perpetual calendar, double chronograph, minute repeater, day of the week display, automatic About 650,000 euros
Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater Minute repeater About 370,000 euros
Patek Philippe Grandes Complications Ref. 5304R-001 Perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand, automatic, minute repeater About 540,000 euros
Patek Philippe Complications Ref. 5180/1G-010 Automatic About 80,000 euros
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Automatic, chronograph About 3,300 euros
Tissot T-Complication Squelette Mechanical Manual, small seconds About 1,400 euros
Fossil Grant Sport Calendar, automatic, moon phase About 240 euros
Fossil The Commuter Automatic About 220 euros
Bulova Men's Automatic Watch 96A170 Automatic About 240 euros

Skeleton Watches From Audemars Piguet

The Swiss manufacturer Audemars Piguet is a specialist when it comes to skeleton watches. Their most famous model is the Royal Oak. The stainless steel watch revolutionized the Swiss market for luxury watches in the 1970s. Up until its introduction, most brand-name Swiss watches were made exclusively of precious metals like gold. The Royal Oak's porthole design is world famous. Today, this iconic watch is also available with a solid gold case or a skeletonized movement. Audemars Piguet named their skeleton model "Openworked." Ultra-thin, skeletonized men's watches with a tourbillon or Grande Complication watches from Audemars Piguet are true highlights of haute horlogerie. Grande Complication watches have multiple complications, such as a perpetual calendar, chronograph function, and minute repeater. The Royal Oak Grande Complication is also available in an Openworked version.

The Audemars Piguet Millenary is significantly more elegant than the sporty Royal Oak. The Millenary has an elliptical case, off-centered dial, and a skeletonized movement. You have the choice between a stainless steel, pink gold, or white gold case. Some models feature a diamond-set case and bezel. The movements have beautiful, finely skeletonized bridges and you can view their balance wheels in motion. The most intricate model in this series is the version with a minute repeater.


Skeleton Watches from Patek Philippe

Aside from Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe is one of the most famous Swiss watch manufacturers. The most elegant and intricate pocket and wristwatches are produced by this company, and it's reflected in their prices. The most famous models from this Genevan manufacturer are the dress watch Calatrava, the sports watch Nautilus, and the intricate Grandes Complications. The Grandes Complications has a skeletonized version with reference number 5304R-001. The 43-mm timepiece has a rose gold case and is powered by the caliber R 27 PS QR LU, which features a perpetual calendar with a retrograde date hand. Since the dial and case back are both made of sapphire glass, you can view the movement from both sides.

The ultra-thin model with reference number 5180/1G-010 is also skeletonized. This skeleton watch is a part of the Complications collection. Its 39-mm case is made of either 18-karat white or rose gold. It has a small-linked white gold Milanese bracelet. The caliber 240 SQU is skeletonized, hand-engraved, and automatic. Its mini-rotor is made of 22-karat gold. Thanks to its small oscillating mass, the movement is a wonderful 2.53 mm thin.


Skeleton Watches from TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer is one of the most beloved Swiss sports watch manufacturers. Models such as the Carrera or Monaco are iconic chronographs. Almost every famous race car driver wore a Heuer timepiece in the 1960s and 70s. TAG Heuer was also the first Swiss luxury watch manufacturer to introduce a smartwatch, the Connected, to the market.

If you'd like a skeleton chronograph from TAG Heuer, then the Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 is a good choice. You can view the front of the in-house caliber through the skeletonized dial. The 45-mm case is made of brushed stainless steel and a titanium carbide coating makes this automatic watch even more robust. A sapphire glass case back gives you a view of the Heuer 01 caliber from the other side.


Affordable Skeleton Watches from Tissot, Fossil, and Bulova

The Swiss manufacturer Tissot offers mechanical and quartz watches at an outstanding price/performance ratio. The Le Locle-based company also manufactures skeleton watches. The T-Complication Squelette Mechanical is one of these models. According to the manufacturer, the design was inspired by a wheel. The holes in the movement have many corners that modernize its look. The black leather strap, on the other hand, is classic, making the T-Complication Squelette a perfect meeting point of the past and present. The domed sapphire glass on the front side is anti-reflective on both sides, and the sapphire glass case back allows you a view of the other side of the manual ETA 6497 caliber.

The American company Fossil has countless skeleton watches on offer. In many models, you can only see through the dial to the balance wheel. Many others give you a full look at the movement. The Grant Sport model even has a moon phase display and calendar. A sapphire glass back gives you a perfect view of the automatic caliber. The Commuter model foregoes subdials and additional complications. The gold-colored stainless steel watch focuses on what's important: displaying the time. Therefore, you get a magnificent look at the skeletonized movement. The movement, made by the Citizen subsidiary Miyota, is also gold-colored. You can view the skeletonized winding rotor and plates through the glass case back.

The American/Swiss company Bulova also offers skeleton watches. The most famous Bulova model is the tuning fork watch Accutron. There was a version of this watch also available with a transparent dial so you could view both tuning forks and the electronic movement. The current skeleton automatic watches resemble those from Fossil. Some models have eight screws on the bezel, creating a porthole look.


What is a skeleton watch?

Skeleton watches allow you a look inside the watch. To achieve this, manufacturers reduce the dial and the movement so that there are openings. Processes like sawing, punching, and milling are used. When the skeleton watch has a glass case back, you have a view inside the watch from both sides. Traditional manufacturers such as Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe have perfected the skeleton watch. These manufacturers hire specialists to create these pieces of watchmaking art by hand. With precise tools and incredible skill, the specialists work the caliber. When the skeletonizing is done by hand and not by machine, the watches are prime examples of haute horlogerie. Only a few manufacturers have mastered this skill.


The History of Skeleton Watches

Skeleton wristwatches have been around since the 1930s. The predecessor to these tiny pieces of art were skeleton pendulum clocks. These clocks were popular in France in the first half of the 19th century. One of the most legendary skeleton pocket watches is the Marie Antoinette from Breguet. The master watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet developed and skeletonized this timepiece for the French queen. The pocket watch, which took over 40 years to produce, is still considered one of the most exquisite pocket watches in the world.

Manufacturers of inexpensive skeleton watches produce them rather quickly and with comparatively less effort thanks to modern technology. Up to 50 pieces can be skeletonized simultaneously with a wire. When choosing automated skeletonizing, manufacturers refrain from further working the movement. Skeletonizing by hand is much more precise and requires incredible skill.

Skeleton Watch Highlights

  • Allow you a view of the movement
  • Calibers skeletonized by hand are pieces of watchmaking art
  • The Marie Antoinette is one of the most famous skeletonized pocket watches