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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 25882-21-223-BF6A Unworn Titanium 36,1mm Automatic
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Corum Ti-Bridge 05.0040 Very good Titanium 41.5mm Manual winding
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2090.FT6088 Unworn Ceramic 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15305OR.OO.D088CR.01 Very good Rose gold 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
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Richard Mille RM 035 RM 035 Very good 48mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London, SW3 1NX
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Corum Golden Bridge 1320756 Very good Yellow gold 20mmmm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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TAG Heuer Carrera CBG2016.FT6143 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Oris Artelier Skeleton 01 734 7721 4051-07 5 21 61FC New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.30.01.001 New Carbon 44.25mm Manual winding
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Richard Mille RM 030 RM030 Very good Rose gold 50mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 515.NX.0189.VR.SDQ15 Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Hublot King Power 701.CI.0110.RX Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic United Kingdom, essex
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Richard Mille RM 010 RM010 Good Rose gold 48mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Richard Mille RM010 Rose 2010 Box & Papers
£145,000
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Zenith Defy 95.9000.9004/78.R582 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Borth
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Piaget Altiplano P10920 Very good White gold 38mmmm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Piaget Altiplano P10920
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Richard Mille RM 016 RM 016 Ti New Titanium 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Richard Mille RM 055 RM055 Very good Titanium 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
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Richard Mille RM 029 RM029 Very good Titanium 48mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Richard Mille Rm 029
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Hublot Big Bang Unico 411.OM.1180.RX Very good Rose gold 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Hublot Big Bang Full Set Unico King Rose Gold Ceramic
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Richard Mille RM 030 RM030 Very good Titanium 50mm Automatic United Kingdom, CM14 5GA
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Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion 525.NX.0170.LR Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Q50635SQ Unworn White gold Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14789BA Very good Yellow gold 31mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 25902.PT.O.1110.PT.01 Good Platinum 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Richard Mille RM 030 RM030 Very good Titanium 50mm Automatic
Richard Mille RM030 Titanium 2020 MINT UNPOLISHED
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Cartier Santos Dumont W2020033 Very good White gold 38.7mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Kings Langley
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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 601.JY.0190.RT New 45mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon 1713-139 New Titanium 45mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon - 1713-139
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TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T CAR5A90.FC6415 Good Ceramic 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, Cambridge
TAG Heuer Carrera 02T Tourbillon
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 515.OX.0180.LR Unworn Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
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Cartier Santos 100 W2020018 Very good Palladium 46mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Richard Mille RM 016 RM016 White gold 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Richard Mille RM016 Limited Edition
£99,000
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Richard Mille RM 016 RM 016 Very good Titanium 50mm Automatic
Richard Mille RM 016 Titanium Automatic Winding Extra Flat
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 49.2520.400/98.R578 New Ceramic 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, Kings Langley
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Cartier Santos (submodel) Cartier Santos Skeleton 4109 New White gold 39.8mm Automatic
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Breitling Bentley GMT EB0432 Very good Titanium 49mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body EB0432 - Box & Papers 2015
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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity MP6118 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9002.9004/78.R584 New Titanium 44mm Automatic
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph
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Chopard Very good White gold 29mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Chopard White Gold Skeleton Dial
£8,250
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Richard Mille RM 030 RM030 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Richard Mille RM 029 RM029 Very good Titanium 48mm Automatic
Richard Mille RM 029 Titanium 2012 Mint
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TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T CAR5A8Y Very good Ceramic 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
TAG Heuer Carrera O2-T Tourbillon Ceramic CAR5A8Y - Just...
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371605 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15416CE.OO.1225CE.01 New Ceramic 41mm Automatic
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Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronographe AB0162121C1S1 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
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Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH 03.2522.400/69.R576 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
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Hublot King Power 710.CI.0110.RX.RG Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Audemars Piguet Skeleton Very good Yellow gold 28mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Audemars Piguet Classical Skeleton Yellow Gold 5889BA
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Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight T8.TH.008A Rose gold 43mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon
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Richard Mille RM 005 RM005 New Rose gold 38mm Automatic
Richard Mille RM005 Fresh 2022 Service NEW Full Set
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Hublot King Power 701.NQ.0137.GR.SPO14 Very good Titanium 48mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 3000 Very good Steel 185mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407BC.GG.1224BC.01 New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 642.NL.7170.RX Unworn Titanium 42mm Automatic
Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Blue 42mm
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.42.20.06.001 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 515.NX.0170.LR Very good Titanium 45mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Kingston Upon Hull
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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier CRHPI00507 Good Rose gold 50mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Cartier Unique Diamond Flying Tourbillon Rotonde CRHPI00507
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Richard Mille RM 010 RM010 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.30.01.001 New Ceramic 44.25mm Manual winding
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TAG Heuer Carrera CAR5A91.FT6162 Unworn Ceramic 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Cartier Santos 100 WM505013 or 2935 Very good Rose gold 41.2mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
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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