Mechanical watches use gears and intricate components to keep time. While most watches keep this gear movement out of sight by sandwiching it between the dial and case back, a skeleton watch has either a see-through dial or skeleton back to put these gears on display.
One of the reasons these watches are appealing is because they bring the art of timekeeping into plain sight and allow the wearer to admire not only the surface ornamentations but also the intricate inner workings.
What Makes a Skeleton Watch Special?
A skeleton watch is the epitome of cool design, trendy style, and craftsmanship. These watches can be designed to please classic tastes as well as a more modern taste.
Skeleton dials can be round, square, rectangular, or any other shape. The dials pair well with gold or silver-toned metal bracelets as well as leather straps. Thus, they are easy to style and extremely versatile.
They can be paired with a variety of outfits and are suited to almost all social functions. Given the intricate movements visible through the dial, these watches are targeted to a younger adrenaline-driven audience.
Skeleton watches give watchmakers no place to hide and for this reason, are often considered the highest standard of precision and design.
The Best Skeleton Watches
Though there are many brands that design and market skeleton dial watches, owning the best ones is usually an expensive affair.
Since these watches put all the inner components and gears on display, it isn’t enough for them to work efficiently, they must also be arranged in an aesthetically pleasing way.
These watch brands are renowned not only for their aesthetic tastes but also for the accurate timekeeping skills and reliable quality.
TAG Heuer Carrera
Part of the Carrera series designed as a tribute to the Carrera Panamericana auto race, the TAG Heuer Carrera CAR201U.FC6405 reflects the excitement of this iconic race.
The brown skeleton dial has luminous coated geometric hour indices and luminous hands. Three sub-dials display a 60 second, 30 minute and 12 hour counter. To add to its functionality, the watch also has a date indication window between the 4 and 5 ‘o clock positions.
A fixed ceramic bezel with a tachymetric scale encases the dial. The brown elements on the dial are complemented by a brown alligator leather strap with a folding clasp.
This watch isn’t just a beautiful timepiece, with a 40-hour power reserve and water-resistant capability up to a depth of 100m, it is reliable too.
Hamilton American Classic
With the attention to detail see in the Hamilton American Classic H40655751, it isn’t difficult to understand why Hamilton was known as the ‘Watch of Railroad Accuracy’ in the nineteenth century.
The watch has a round, understated dial with a skeleton cut out in the center. The visible part of the dial has a silver-tone that offsets the black, line hour indices. A black skeleton variant is also available.
The watch has a minimal look designed to tell time accurately sans frills. The dial is encased in a silver-toned round case and held in place by a black, leather strap. It is water-resistant up to a depth of 50m and boasts of an 80-hour power reserve.
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang
The Spirit of Big Bang collection is a modern reinterpretation of Hublot’s Big Bang flagship model. With a large barrel-shaped dial, the watch puts all its inner workings on display.
The watch is styled to look masculine and sporty. A luminous coating on the geometric hour indices and hands makes the watch easy to read. A date indication window is set between the 4 and 5 ‘o’ clock position. A black leather straps complement the cool skeleton look.
The Zenith Defy 18.9000.9004/71.R585 is bold, sporty and masculine. The grey-toned mechanical gears visible through the dial are complemented beautifully by a rose gold case.
Despite the multiple gears visible, two sub-dials displaying small seconds counter are clearly demarcated. The dial also has a power reserve indicator that shows the status of the 50-hour power reserve.
A brown alligator leather strap complements the rose gold case and completes the luxurious look. A 100m water resistance capability adds to the functional appeal of this watch.
The Tissot T-Classic T099.405.36.418.00 is young and trendy with a sporty appeal. The silver-toned skeleton dial is accentuated by pops of brilliant blue in the form of hour indices and watch hands. A sub dial at the 9 ‘o’ clock position displays a small seconds counter.
A black leather strap completes the look. This skeletal watch sets itself apart from others because not only is the dial see-through, the case back is also transparent. It’s the ideal watch for a stylish millennial man.
With a 46-hour power reserve and water resistance capability up to a depth of 50m, this watch isn’t just beautiful to look at, it’s reliable too.
If you like staying ahead of trends and appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into the making of a watch, a skeleton dial watch is a must-have in your collection. Whether you’re headed to a coffee date or a board meeting, this watch ensures you stand out.