The Best Skeleton Watches

Skeleton watches are admired for their thinness and unique design that enables you to take a peek at the inner workings of the timepiece. From the largest parts to the tiniest axles, see-through watches let you in into the secret of what makes time tick.

Many think skeleton watches are fragile accessories that will easily break when dropped or given even the slightest bump. The good thing is that there’s no shred of truth in this misconception. A skeleton watch is as sturdy as any other watch and the only difference is that it doesn’t have a dial that covers the intricate machinery behind the watch hands. As a matter of fact, having a watch with visible gears will even allow you to see which part is malfunctioning when your watch stops working.

There are a lot of automatic and mechanical skeleton watches in the market. Some are luxury timepieces which cost thousands of dollars while some are affordable ones you can buy for a few hundred bucks. We took the effort to round them all up and create a list of the best skeleton watches you can get your hands on.

Here are the best skeleton watches you can find in the market.

Fossil Mens Townsman ME3041

The 44mm Townsman has a stainless steel case, a mineral crystal, a leather calfskin strap, Roman numeral hour markers, luminous markers, and a manual-wound movement. All the watch mechanisms look like they’re floating, thanks to the transparent case back and dial. It’s one of the most stylish see-through watches available out there.

Fossil Men's ME3041 Townsman Automatic Stainless Steel Skeleton Watch With Black Leather B
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Fossil Men's ME3041 Townsman Automatic Stainless Steel Skeleton Watch With Black Leather Band
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  • Skeleton watch in silver-tone...
  • 44 mm stainless steel case with...
  • Automatic self-wind movement with...
  • Water resistant to 50 m (165 ft):...
  • To start time-keeping, if watch has...

Pros:

  • Leather strap feels comfortable to wear
  • Power reserve of up to 40 hours
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Watch makes a loud ticking sound
  • Watch gains/loses a few minutes every week
  • Luminous markers but hands are not luminescent

Price: $120

Invicta Men’s 1088 Russian Diver

The 51.5mm Russian Diver has a polyurethane strap, a synthetic sapphire crystal, a sophisticated see-through watch dial design, a uniquely designed crown cap, luminous hands, an exhibition case back, and a mechanical movement.

Invicta Men's 1088 Russian Diver Stainless Steel and Black Polyurethane Skeleton Watch
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Invicta Men's 1088 Russian Diver Stainless Steel and Black Polyurethane Skeleton Watch
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  • Case Size : 51.5 mm
  • Function meets fashion in this...
  • Precise mechanical hand-wind...
  • Protective synthetic sapphire...
  • Features 60-second sub-dial, black...

Pros:

  • Dial design looks terrific and makes the watch look expensive
  • Large size makes it easy to read time
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Strap is flimsy and can’t hold the weight of the watch
  • Watch is heavy to wear
  • Crown is annoyingly oversized

Price: $130

Invicta Sea Spider Skeleton Mechanical Watch

The 50mm Sea Spider features a stainless steel case with gunmetal ion-plated finish, a skeleton dial, a synthetic sapphire crystal, a polyurethane band luminescent hands, a seconds subdial, and a 17-jewel mechanical movement.

Invicta Men's 10349 Sea Spider Stainless Steel Mechanical Hand-Wind Watch With Black Polyurethane B
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Invicta Men's 10349 Sea Spider Stainless Steel Mechanical Hand-Wind Watch With Black Polyurethane Band
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  • Hand-wind watch in 18k rose gold...
  • 48 mm stainless steel case with...
  • Mechanical hand wind movement with...
  • Polyurethane band with rose...
  • Water resistant to 50 m (165 ft):...

Pros:

  • Affordable see-through watch
  • Good lume brightness
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • No date window
  • Hands are too small for the watch size
  • Quite heavy to wear

Price: $150

Stuhrling Original Men’s ‘Symphony’ Automatic

The 44mm Symphony features a stainless steel case, a Krysterna crystal, a leather calfskin strap, a seconds subdial, and an automatic movement.

Stuhrling Original Men's 8411.335B1 Symphony Symphony DT Analog Display Automatic Self Wind Black Watch
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Stuhrling Original Men's 8411.335B1 Symphony Symphony DT Analog Display Automatic Self Wind Black Watch
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  • Black ion plated round shaped case...
  • Protective Krysterna crystal on...
  • Silver floating dial with black...
  • Black ion plated link bracelet with...
  • Water resistant to 165 feet (50 M):...

Pros:

  • Lightweight and easy to wear
  • Stylish with good craftsmanship
  • Easy to read the time because of the contrasting colors between the dial and the hands
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Watch stops if not worn for more than 8 hours
  • Needs manual winding
  • No date window
  • No lume

Price: $150

Stuhrling Original Men’s Black Skeleton Dial

The 44mm Black Skeleton Dial features a stainless steel case, a Krysterna crystal, a calfskin leather strap, a GMT subdial for dual-time function, an exhibition case back, a sun/moon subdial, and an automatic self-winding movement.

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Stührling Original Black and Silver Mens Skeleton Watch, Analog Skeleton Watch Dial, Dual Time, AM/PM Sun Moon, Stainless Steel Bracelet, 3922 Watches for Men Collectio
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Stührling Original Black and Silver Mens Skeleton Watch, Analog Skeleton Watch Dial, Dual Time, AM/PM Sun Moon, Stainless Steel Bracelet, 3922 Watches for Men Collection
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  • MESMERIZING MOVEMENT: Engraved,...
  • NO BATTERIES NEEDED: Automatic...
  • STEEL BRACELET: Solid, heavy full...
  • DUAL TIME/AM-PM: Keep track of time...
  • COMPREHENSIVE WARRANTY: All...

Pros:

  • Stylish and easy to pair with any kind of fashion
  • Dual-time feature is useful for travelers
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Gains time every day
  • No date function
  • No lume
  • Hands are too small, making it hard to read the time

Price: $215

Stuhrling Original 371.01 Men’s Legacy

The 46mm Men’s Legacy has a Krysterna crystal, a stainless steel case and bezel, a calfskin leather strap, an AM/PM subdial, a dual time subdial, an onion crown, and a self-winding automatic movement.

Pros:

  • Elegant and eye-catching design
  • Contrasting colors make it easy to read the time
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Watch face looks too busy
  • Loses time by more than 5 minutes per week
  • Dual time function is inaccurate and hard to set up
  • Low-quality strap

Price: $225

Bulova Men’s 96A135 BVA Series

The 41mm BVA Series has a stainless steel case, a mineral crystal, a calfskin leather strap, an exhibition case back, a 24-hour subdial, luminescent hands and markers, Roman numerals as hour markers, and a 21-jewel movement.

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Bulova Men's 96A135 BVA-SERIES 120 Automatic strap Watch
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Bulova Men's 96A135 BVA-SERIES 120 Automatic strap Watch
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  • 41mm Case diameter
  • 2 Year International Warranty
  • Water Resistant To 330 Feet
  • Do not make this day/date...

Pros:

  • Accurate timekeeping
  • Clean and sleek design
  • Water resistant up to 30m

Cons:

  • Weak power reserve
  • Crystal may get easily scratched
  • Hard to read the time

Price: $230

Michael Kors Men’s Jet Master MK9011

The 45mm Jet Master features a stainless steel case and band, a corrugated bezel, a mineral crystal, subdials for the day, month, and day, a 24-hour subdial, luminescent hands and markers, and a Japanese automatic movement. This is one of the most affordable skeleton watches on our list.

Michael Kors Men's Jet Master Silver-Tone Watch MK9011
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Michael Kors Men's Jet Master Silver-Tone Watch MK9011
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  • Skeleton watch featuring black...
  • 45 mm stainless steel case with...
  • Japanese automatic movement with...
  • Stainless steel band with fold-over...
  • Water resistant to 50 m (165 ft):...

Pros:

  • Good lume brightness
  • Classy and sporty overall look
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Watch looks too busy for its size
  • Subdials are hard to read
  • Manual winding needed

Price: $250

Thomas Earnshaw Men’s Bauer Mechanical Skeleton Watch

The 42mm Bauer Mechanical is a see-through watch with an exhibition case back, a hardened mineral crystal, a stainless steel case and bezel, a genuine leather strap, and a mechanical movement.

Thomas Earnshaw Men's Bauer MACHANICAL Skeleton Mechanical-Hand-Wind Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Two Tone, 10 (Model: ES-8049-22)
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  • Flywheel dial analogue display and...
  • Hardened mineral lens and...
  • Mechanical-hand-wind Movement
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Water resistant to 50m (165ft: in...

Pros:

  • Available in different dial and strap colors
  • Strap is comfortable to wear and perfectly matches watch design
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Manual winding needed
  • No date window
  • No lume
  • Watch looks too busy and hand are too thin to see the time

Price: $250

Reef Tiger Luminous Tourbillon

The 44mm Tourbillon features a 3D dial art, a stainless steel case, a month-year window, a sapphire crystal, a calfskin leather strap, luminous hands and markers, day and date subdials, and a Seagull ST2503 self-winding automatic movement.

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Reef Tiger Luminous Sport Watch for Men Tourbillon Analog Watches Rubber Strap RGA3069 … (RGA3069-YBB)
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Reef Tiger Luminous Sport Watch for Men Tourbillon Analog Watches Rubber Strap RGA3069 … (RGA3069-YBB)
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  • Sea-Gull ST2503 Automatic Movement
  • 45mm, Sport Tank Shape Stainless...
  • Anti-reflective Mineral Crystal
  • Black Dial with Stick Markers,...
  • High Quality Rubber Strap with Tang...

Pros:

  • Available in different bezel and strap color variants
  • Keeps time well
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Color of dial makes it hard to read the time correctly
  • Adjustment of windows and subdials can be tricky
  • Crowned glass distorts the dial view

Price: $260

Rotary Les Originales Men’s GS90505/06 Skeleton Watch

The 39mm Les Originales GS90505 has a stainless steel case with a rose gold finish, a synthetic sapphire crystal, a crocodile leather strap, and a Swiss automatic movement.

Pros:

  • Stylish and looks expensive
  • Swiss movement is accurate
  • Easy to read time because of the contrasting colors of the hands and the dial
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • No lume
  • No date function
  • Band is not that durable and cracks easily

Price: $290

Agelocer Skeleton Diver Watch

The 41.5mm Skeleton Diver Watch has a polished stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal, luminous markers and hands, a genuine calfskin leather strap, and a caliber A4910 automatic self-winding movement.

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Agelocer Skeleton Diver Watches for Men Luminous Automatic Watches Power Reserve Sport Watches 6001A1
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  • High Quality CAL.A4910 Automatic...
  • Brushed Stainless Steel Case
  • Skeleton Dial, luminous Markers
  • Anti-reflective Sapphire Glass
  • Water Resistance 50 Meters

Pros:

  • Good lume brightness
  • Keeps time accurately
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Low-quality strap
  • No date window
  • Lume doesn’t last long

Price: $520

Hamilton Men’s Jazzmaster Viewmatic Open Heart

The 43mm Open Heart is an elegant-looking watch with visible gears and features a stainless steel case, a leather strap, a sapphire crystal, and an automatic movement.

Pros:

  • Excellent craftsmanship and classy design
  • Accurate timekeeping
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Low-quality strap
  • Power reserve isn’t that great
  • No date window

Price: $600 to $925

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton

The 43mm has a stainless steel case, a genuine leather strap, a sapphire crystal, luminous hands and markers, an automatic H-20 movement.

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Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Automatic Skeleton Dial Black Leather Mens Watch H42555751
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  • Hamilton timepieces blend...
  • Water resistant watch perfect for...
  • Clear dial allows the inner...
  • Soft and supple leather band...
  • Automatic mechanical movement means...

Pros:

  • Great-looking dress watch
  • Precise timekeeping mechanism
  • Leather strap is comfortable to wear

Cons:

  • No date window
  • Water resistant up to 50m only
  • Leather strap is not suitable for underwater submersion for a long time

Price: $700 to $1,200

Tissot T-Complication Squelette

The 48mm Squelette has a stainless steel case and bezel, a leather calfskin strap, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, luminescent hands and markers, and a mechanical hand-wind movement. It has a seconds hand subdial located at the 9 o’clock position.

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Tissot Men's T0704051641100 T-Complication Squelette Analog Display Swiss Mechanical Hand Wind Brushed Stainless Steel watch
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Tissot Men's T0704051641100 T-Complication Squelette Analog Display Swiss Mechanical Hand Wind Brushed Stainless Steel watch
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  • Stainless steel case with a black...
  • Skeleton dial with luminous...
  • Mechanical-hand-wind movement
  • Case Diameter: 48mm
  • Water Resistant To 50m (165ft:in...

Pros:

  • Classic but modern design is suitable for any kind of fashion
  • Good hand movements and timekeeping mechanism
  • Great lume brightness
  • Colored hands make it easier to read time

Cons:

  • Expensive for a watch that’s not self-winding
  • No date window
  • Water resistant up to 50m only

Price: $1,950

Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01

The 45mm Calibre Heuer 01 has a stainless steel case available in alternate finishing, a tachymeter bezel, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, a fluted crown, 3 subdials, a date window, luminescent hands and markers, and a Swiss automatic movement. It’s available in different bezel and hand colors and strap variants.

Pros:

  • Hands and markers are visible since they’re colored differently from the dial
  • Perforated rubber strap adds to the watch’s sporty vibe
  • 39-jewel movement ensures accurate timekeeping
  • Power reserve of up to 50 hours
  • Water resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • Date window can be hard to read
  • Readings on the subdial are hard to see
  • Strap cannot be replaced

Price: $3,500 to $5,450

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph

The 45mm Masterpiece Chronograph has a stainless steel case, an alligator leather strap, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, a date subdial, a 60-second chronograph subdial, luminescent hands, and a self-winding Valjoux 7750 automatic movement.  Case finish is available in stainless steel, steel with PVD coating, and gold bezel variants.

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton 45mm Watch | Blue/Blue Leather
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  • Case
  • - Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • - Case Shape: Round
  • - Case Colour: Blue
  • Movement

Pros:

  • Dial and case finish available in different colors
  • Power reserve of up to 48 hours
  • Water resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • Dial face design can make it hard to quickly read the time
  • Subdial readings are hard to identify
  • Leather strap may not suitable for underwater use

Price: $7,000 to $8,400

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Skeleton 515.OX.0180.LR

The 45mm Classic Fusion has a ceramic case, an alligator leather strap, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, day and month windows, a date subdial, a moonphase function, and a Hublot Calibre HUB1131 movement.

Pros:

  • Moonphase subdial looks incredible
  • Silver-toned hands and markers make it easy to read the time
  • Power reserve of up to 42 hours
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • Strap can be uncomfortable to wear
  • Day and month windows are a bit small
  • Watch looks fragile

Price: $12,350

Breguet Tradition Black Skeleton Dial

The 37mm Breguet Tradition has a sapphire crystal, a case and bezel made of 18k white gold, Roman numeral hour markers, a leather strap, a power reserve indicator, and a manual wind movement.

Pros:

  • Power reserve of up to 50 hours
  • Keeps time well
  • Water resistant up to 30m

Cons:

  • Manual winding is needed
  • Hard to read the time
  • Basic features for its price

Price: $18,950

Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Skeleton 515.OX.0180.LR

The 45mm Ultra-Thin Skeleton is a chronograph watch with skeleton dial and a case, band, and bezel made of polished titanium. It also has a sapphire crystal, an alligator leather strap, and a HUB 1300 manual-winding movement.

Pros:

  • Thin and lightweight
  • Power reserve of up to 90 hours
  • Water resistant up to 50m

Cons:

  • No date window
  • Limited pieces available
  • No lume on hands and markers

Price: $20,800

Zenith El Primero Lightweight

The 45mm El Primero weighs only 16 grams even though it has over 328 parts in it. It’s made up of a mix of carbon, ceramic, and aluminum, has a chronograph dial, 3 subdials, an exhibit case back, luminescent hands and markers, and an in-house El Primero movement.

Pros:

  • Available in different colors
  • Accurate hand movements
  • Sporty design
  • Water resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • Hard to read subdials
  • No date window
  • Limited pieces for sale

Price: $22,000

Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101

The 47mm Millenary 4101 has a unique oval shape with an 18K rose gold finish. It features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, an exhibition case back, a crocodile leather band, and an automatic self-winding movement.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Swiss-Automatic Male Watch 15350ST.OO.D002CR.01 (Certified Pre-Owned)
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  • Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101...
  • Grade Rating: 99 / Condition: Mint
  • Comes with original box and...
  • Authenticated Luxury Consignment by...
  • Watch year: 2010. All images shown...

Pros:

  • Unique, eye-catching design
  • Suitable for formal wear
  • Power reserve of up to 60 hours

Cons:

  • Expensive for its features
  • No date window
  • Water resistant up to 20m only

Price: $29,500

Cartier Santos-Dumont Skeleton Watch

The Santos-Dumont collection features square-shaped watches available in medium (39mm) and large (42mm) sizes. It has a titanium case and bezel with 18K white gold features, an alligator skin strap, a watch face with Roman numerals as hour markers, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a hand-wound Cartier Caliber 9612 MC movement

Pros:

  • Extremely thin and lightweight
  • ADLC treatment applied to the body to make it impervious to scratches
  • Power reserve of up to 72 hours

Cons:

  • Water resistant up to 30m only
  • Extremely expensive
  • No lume

Price: $47,900

Piaget Altiplano White Gold Ultra-Thin Skeleton

The 38mm Altiplano is one of the best skeleton watches for its thickness which stands at 5.34mm only. It has a sapphire crystal, an 18k white gold finish, an alligator strap, and a Caliber 1200S self-winding automatic movement.

Pros:

  • Also available in 43mm size
  • Features one of the most elegant designs for a see-through watch
  • Water resistant up to 30m

Cons:

  • No date window
  • No lume
  • Hand color camouflages with the silver-colored skeleton dial

Price: $60,000

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées

The 40mm Métiers is one of the most intricately designed watches with visible gears. It has an alligator strap, sapphire crystals, Roman numeral hour markers, an 18k white gold finish, and a caliber 4400SQ movement.

Pros:

  • Contrasting color of hands and dial makes it easier to read time
  • Power reserve of up to 65 hours
  • Water resistant up to 30m

Cons:

  • No date window
  • No lume
  • Manual winding function

Price: $73,000

Conclusion

Skeleton watches are eye-catching accessories that will surely impress anyone who sees them. They’re products embodying the evolution and innovation in watchmaking technology, making them a must-have for every watch-collector out there.

There are luxury and budget skeleton watches available in the market. In choosing a see-through watch, consider the functionality and features it offers aside from its price tag and quality.

We’ve collected the best skeleton watches and we’re sure you’ll have your favorite pick among them. Buy one now and be fascinated at how hundreds of tiny parts move in unison to simply tell the time.

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