What is a Skeleton Watch?


Accessories help make little moments of life memorable, and one accessory that has stood the test of time is the watch. There are many gorgeous trends and fashion choices that have evolved for watches over the years, one of which is the skeleton watch.

Skeleton Watches: Definition and Historical Insights

A skeleton watch reveals all of its moving parts clear through the front, back, or a slight cut outlining the dial. Skeleton watches expose the art of watchmaking, allowing you to dive into the magic of its exposed workings. In seeing every pin, every clog, and the tiniest of pieces, it is as if you are seeing time in the making. This was the idea behind Caron's creation in 1706, when he designed the first-ever skeleton watch. Caron’s take on timepiece design left a transparent view of the mechanisms and movements at work for our awe and appreciation.

Skeleton Watches vs. Openwork Watches

People are often confused by the differences between open-heart watches and skeleton watches. The plates and bridges of an authentic skeleton watch are painted with intricate patterns and designs. Skeleton watches are distinguished from openwork watches by their decoration.

While openwork watches have revealed clockwork, they lack the level of detail found in authentic skeleton watches. Watches with an open heart allow you to see the watch's true heart without losing the dial's design and decoration.

Marvels of Movements

Now coming to one of the most crucial aspects of watches - the movements. There are two types of movements to consider when it comes to skeleton watches: automatic (self-winding) and mechanical (manual winding). The beauty of see-through watches is that you can see the inner workings shift in perfect time.

Automatic, self-winding, watches are powered by wrist movement rather than batteries. Power is stored in the spring while the watch is being worn. Watches that cannot be wound are known as mechanical watches. There are quartz (battery-powered) skeleton watches, but they don't have the same experience as mechanical skeleton watches. Many quartz skeleton watches have dials that only seem to be gears and cogs.

All in all, skeleton watches combine functionality and fashion, making them ideal for those who value both the appearance of trendy watches and the craftsmanship that goes into their development. These eye-catching timepieces are a great conversation starter and a must-have in every watch enthusiast's collection.