What is a Skeleton Watch?

Have you seen a skeleton watch before? Unlike mechanical watches that have a complete watch face, a skeleton watch, to me, is amazing craftsmanship on full display.

In today’s article, I want to give my full appreciation of the said watches and give you the reasons why you might want to consider buying one for yourself.

What is a Skeleton Watch?

Have you ever seen those watches where its entire mechanism can be visibly seen on the watch face? That is basically a skeleton watch because it is a timepiece where its entire mechanism is exposed.

Although this timepiece is not for everyone, as a watch aficionado, you can truly appreciate the hard work and craftsmanship that is put in creating even a single watch.

It is also understandable that skeleton watches are more expensive than your typical quartz watch, for example, just because of its impeccable design.

What is the Essence of Skeleton Watches?

The main essence of skeleton watches is that they exude the craftsmanship that goes into watchmaking. Oftentimes, we just see a watch as a piece of accessory that can tell the time in that we no longer appreciate how difficult it is to make one.

Sure, there are watches that are made in batches using machines, but there are some prominent watchmaking companies that actually still build watches by hand.

A skeleton watch is impossible to mass-produce using machines simply because of the intricate nature of its design.

Now, one might think that skeleton watches veer away from the basic function of a watch and that is to tell the time. Well, I beg to disagree. If anything, your attention will be focused more on the watch itself, therefore, you can tell the time and appreciate watchmaking craftsmanship in all its glory.

The Inner Makings of a Skeleton Watch

Most watchmaking companies make use of sophisticated jewels, rhodium plating, and German silver, though some watchmaking companies might make use of other materials as well.

The reason why most companies go for German silver is that it is one of the best when it comes to creating a watch. It definitely improves the overall quality of the timepiece and it is definitely not going to be swayed by mechanical forces.

The jewels both serve a functional and aesthetic purpose. They are used mainly to minimize friction during the watch’s normal operation. Usually, watchmaking brands use natural ruby or sapphire for this.

When Buying One

If you want to add a skeleton watch to your collection, it is important that you know how to buy one. The first thing that you should consider is its design.

There are skeleton watches where its main timekeeping functionality can still be easily seen and there are those that would prefer to show-off than actually telling you the time.

Next are the features that you would want in a skeleton watch. They are varied, so choose one that will provide you with your needs.
Lastly, your budget. Skeleton watches are quite expensive but they are definitely worth it.