Dec 5, 2017

Cheap Skeleton Watch

What is a good high quality skeleton watch that is not too expensive ~$100

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At this price level, stick to the big brands such as Fossil, they have good quality control in production. The vast majority of Chinese movements have reliability problems and are often already broken by the time they arrive, due to their low tolerance to shocks.
How about this swatch?

It is on a bracelet for $135 here:
This from Parnis with a Chinese movement is $139, and they have a zillion watch models so there may be something closer to $100:

On Jomashop there are some Elini Barokas models from $79.99. Note that the open part is small because the movement (Chinese) is small inside a large, and largely empty, case:

Aragon has some skeleton models that from time to time hit $100 if you get on their mailing list, Japanese movements:
Fossil makes a couple models that, though they aren't a hundred, are below two hundred when on sale. Look at the Townsman. It is a big case though so that can turn some people off. Movement is decorated with blued screws, cotes de Geneve and some engraving if memory serves.
For around $100 pretty much just the Chinese watches are in play in this category. As you drop in price, the modifications done to the the plates to reveal the working parts gets more crude. Decoration of the movement may be crude or non-existent. I have even seen plain movements used unmodified, and there really is nothing you see looking from the dial side worth seeing.

That said, there is a specialty Chinese movement made on a rectangular layout that I think looks interesting in a skeleton design. There have been several watches I have seen based on it, some handwinders and some automatics. Decoration is minimal, but it fits with the minimalistic theme of the movement. Found the pic below from a seller on Alibaba, you can get 3 of these for $100.

BTW, if you have a hairy wrist, you might consider shaving it with this kind of watch. That is a lot of empty space with a view all the way through.
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