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4 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads


Many watch brands have at least one skeleton watch in their collection, but only a few have actually introduced skull watches — timepieces with skulls on their dials, some with a horological headbone actually incorporated into the movement itself. Here’s a heads-up on four recently released skull watches.

1. Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull
Above and below: Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull
Richard Mille‘s RM 052 Skull is a limited edition of 21 watches, introduced at SIHH 2012. The watch had a price of $500,000 when it was first announced. The watch’s main feature is the skull-shaped grade 5 titanium baseplate at the center.

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull - cu

The skull is also integrated into the movement: the upper and lower “jaws” hold the ruby of the tourbillon cage, and the back of the skull is also the movement’s center bridge. The four bridges that connect the movement to the case also a form a skull-and-crossbones pattern. All details about the watch here.

2. HYT Skull Pocket

HYT Skull Pocket
HYT Skull Pocket
HYT unveiled its first pocketwatch at SIHH 2017 – and the dial features a skull. (The brand already launched its first skull-themed timepiece in 2015.) The new Skull Pocket has no hands. Like all models from the unconventional brand, it shows the time with the help of two liquids, a clear and a colored one. Where the liquids meet, a visible line tells the wearer what time it is. But even for a HYT timepiece the Skull Pocket is special, because it’s not only the first HYT pocketwatch but also features a mechanical light-source technology which the brand initially developed in 2016. Read all about the pocketwatch here.

3. Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne

Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne
Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne

The BR 01 Airborne from Bell & Ross features a glow-in-the-dark skull on its dial. The BR 01 Airborne was developed in honor of the courageous soldiers who fought during World War II, particularly the paratroopers of the U.S. Airborne divisions.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne - glow-in-the-dark skull

The skull was one of the emblems they wore on their uniforms as a symbol of courage in the face of death.

4. Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls

Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls, closed
Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls, closed

The dial of the Crazy Skulls from Peter Speake-Marin‘s eponymous watch brand features not one but two skulls. While the space between them forms a heart in the watch shown above, one can activate the watch’s minute repeater with a slider on the left side of the case, which activates the repeater and also makes the skulls reveal the usually hidden tourbillon at 6 o’clock, as shown below.

Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls, open
Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls, open

The first time Speake-Marin placed a skull on a watch dial was 10 years ago, on the Cabinet des Mystères model. More details about the Crazy Skulls watch – which was released at SIHH 2017 – can be found in this article.

This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

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8 Responses to “4 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads”

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  1. Bruce Robinson

    Fiona Kruger, who’s done some work for Speake-Marin, has her own line of (cran)ometers, which you’ll find at fionakrugertimepieces.com

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  2. WILLIAM CHRISTINA

    I am so very disappointed with you all… you didn’t include the SKULL watch that basically started the trend of high-end Swiss watches sporting this “bad boy” symbol. Back in 2004, CORUM had Severin Wunderman at the helm as CEO. He was into some really off-the-wall designs and came up with the first Collector’s Series, the JOLLY ROGER. It featured a large luminous skull in the center of the dial with luminous bones for hour and minute hands. The sweep second hand was a sword… specifically, a pirate cutlass. All of this was housed in the strange but cool “Bubble” case, which was 45mm… as rocking the extra large case had become popular around that time.
    I have the 45mm chronograph version with automatic movement… it keeps time perfectly and is really cool to look at (I get loads of compliments… and strange looks) as it is different in all respects… I have the s/s mesh bracelet too which I fine more appealing than the leather or rubber strap.
    Maybe someday, you could give this particular watch it’s due… as it does deserve recognition.

    Chrono – Ref: 285.140.20 a limited edition of 500 pieces.
    Diameter: 45mm
    Strap: Corum stainless steel mesh bracelet
    Dial: Black with luminous “Jolly Roger” skull / Luminous “bones” hands / “Cutlass” chrono sweep hand / Luminous hour markers and red chrono and minute hands

    Year: 2004

    Comment: Quite Rare / The first of the “Collector Series” Jolly Roger XL Bubble case / Automatic movement with chronograph module, limited edition of 500 pcs.

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  3. sandra miller

    Are these the only watches you have with the skulls. Couse i have one trying to find out wht its worth and these are no WHERE. Near what mine is ….
    I will try and send a pic for you.. lol
    But my watch is silver. And the skull is dimno studed and covers. The face of watch and also spins you cn lift it to open and view the fce of wstch or you can view though the skull and cross bones…

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