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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 head bone 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‘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.

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 unveiled its first  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

3. 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.

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


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.

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


In this article in our series on the basics of divers watches, we take on what is probably the most distinctive element of a dive watch: the rotating bezel.

Its function is actually quite simple: before a diver’s descent, the 12 o’clock bezel marker is aligned with the minute hand, allowing the elapsed time, up to 60 minutes, to be read on the bezel (which is why quite a few dive watches come with a particularly prominent minute hand). A unidirectional, ratcheting construction ensures that – if the bezel is accidentally moved – the time already spent underwater would be indicated as longer than actually spent, providing the driver with a safety reserve for his now more imminent ascent. The bezel/minute hand combination does not, however, directly measure how much air remains in the air tank, as still can be read quite often in press releases.

A standard scuba dive (in which the diver is equipped with a standard air tank) usually lasts 30 to 50 minutes, mostly depending on the depth reached and the shape the diver is in (basically, how physically demanding the dive is). This explains why the first 15 to 20 minutes on the bezel inlay are often more highlighted – the end of this sector theoretically indicates the point of return (exception: “countdown” bezels that mark the time of ascent). In order to correctly time decompression stops at the end of a dive, central-minutes chronographs such as the Aquastar Benthos or even split-minute chronographs, such as the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph from 2004, offer an interesting complication (should the diver not use a computer).




Eterna introduced with its KonTiki Diver, an interesting first fusion of both concepts: the internal bezel could be operated from the outside, a concept that first allowed a water resistanceof 200 meters and, in 2005, up to 1,000 meters with the more radical-looking Concept Diver.