What Are Steampunk and Skeleton Watches?

A group of steampunk enthusiasts dressed up.

Steampunk is a really clever hybrid of old-fashioned designs and sci-fi inspired futuristic technology. There’s nothing else quite like steampunk is there? This has made it stand out from the crowd and become a very popular and fashionable design. It’s made its way from clothing to steampunk watches.

Top Tier, an online store featuring clothing and accessories, has a great example of a skeleton steampunk watch. This is only scratching the surface of steampunk, however.

Steampunk is featured in numerous works of fiction, such as the popular title, “Boneshaker,” by Cherie Priest. It’s the centerpiece of numerous video games, like the 2001 hit “Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura,” from Troika Games. It’s everywhere.

You can most commonly find steampunk at festivals and various conventions. Steampunk enthusiasts at cons are often known for their incredibly extravagant and expensive outfits. These outfits often take countless hours to make, and cost a small fortune if simply purchased.

For those of you interested in sporting a little of the steampunk style without breaking the bank or spending hours threading a needle, I have great news for you. There are tons of awesome steampunk and skeleton watches to choose from. Maybe you like Patek Philippe or another brand? Nordgreen watches are another brand that connects design and sustainability in one timepiece.

Strap yourself in and prepare for a look at my 10 favorite steampunk watches, and 17 favorite skeleton watches. Men, women, and even children can all enjoy these stunning timepieces, so let’s look at my top 27.

But first, are there differences between the steampunk and skeleton designation?

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What is the Difference Between Steampunk and Skeleton Watches?

To the casual onlooker, a skeleton watch and a steampunk watch might look the same.

Au contraire.

Skeleton watches are, as the name implies, essentially the skeleton of a watch face. Most, if not all, of the inner-workings are exposed to the eye and styled in a fashionable way. They can have a very minimalistic or industrial look, depending on the watch.

Steampunk watches often have some of the inner-workings exposed, but usually have larger gears and cogs on display, and often feature some ornate metalworking to give them more pizzazz. They’re also frequently a copper or bronze color, giving them a more antiquated appearance.

Again, both feature exposed parts. Skeleton are usually a little more raw and nude, for lack of a better term. When in doubt, just tell the person their watch looks great.

Top 27 Skeleton Watches and Steampunk Watches for Men and Women

When it comes to steampunk and skeleton watches, you’ve got a number of options. You know yourself or the person you’re gifting it to better than anyone, so consider their personal style and don’t just pick the first one you see.

There are tons! (Well, 27 to be exact.)

CredDeal Steampunk Pocket Watch
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $19.99
The CredDeal Steampunk Pocket Watch is straight out of the Renaissance era. The perfect watch for any steampunk enthusiast!
Fossil Townsman Automatic Dark Brown Leather Watch
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $245.00
The Fossil Townsman Automatic Dark Brown Leather Watch is a clean, sophisticated skeleton watch that’s sure to please the sharp dressers out there.
Invicta Men’s 1088 Russian Diver Stainless Steel and Black Polyurethane Skeleton Watch
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $105.99
The Invicta Men’s 1088 Russian Diver Skeleton Watch looks like it’s straight out of a James Bond movie. Water resistant up to 165 feet, this watch is a sure hit with the adventurous crowd.
Stuhrling Modena 889 Automatic 46mm Skeleton
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $275.00
The Stuhrling Modena 889 Automatic 46mm Skeleton watch is a sophisticated and durable piece that features real alligator leather for the strap. Whether you’re rough with your watches or wear them to dinner parties, this watch is built to last.
Kenneth Cole Black and Gold Automatic Skeleton Watch
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $185.00
Sophisticated with striking splashes of gold, this watch will be turning heads the moment you put it on.
Men’s Bulova Automatic Black IP Watch with Skeleton Dial
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $299.40
Bulova’s industrial take on the skeleton watch hits with full force. The Men’s Bulova Automatic Black IP Watch with Skeleton Dial looks at home at a convention or a construction site.
Tissot T-Complication Squelette Mechanical
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $1,950.00
This Swiss-made beauty from Tissot is the epitome of elegance, all packed into a skeleton watch body.
Morlock Black Skeleton Steampunk Watch
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $53.99
A real work of art, this glamorous and masculine steampunk inspired watch is sure to be a popular choice for the modern man of today!
Relic Men’s Damon Automatic Self-Winding Stainless Steel Skeleton Dial Watch
Who It’s For: Men or Women
Price: $77.51
Despite its ornate and striking appearance, this skeleton watch from Relic is water resistant up to 165 feet and packed into stainless steel. Make a statement on the go with this durable beauty!
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Model
<span”>Who It’s For: Men or Women
Price: $27,950.00

Rolex never creates a dull watch, and this expensive timepiece is no exception. For the price of a new car, the Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Model can strap onto a skeleton watch of your choice, making it stand out in even the most crowded of rooms.
Winner Skeleton Self Wind Men’s Mechanical Watch
Who Its For: Men
Price: $54.19
The Winner Skeleton Self Wind Men’s Mechanical Watch maintains the classic industrial look of many men’s watches, while featuring bright, gold gears front and center.
BINLUN Men’s Gold Automatic Luxury Skeleton Watch
Who Its For: Men and Women
Price: $219.99
The BINLUN Men’s Gold Automatic Luxury Skeleton Watch is bold, flashy, and VERY gold. Light up the room with this flashy piece.
Citizen automatic skeleton
Who Its For: Men or Women
Price: N/A
This Citizen Automatic Skeleton Watch from the 1970s is a true classic. Incredibly tough to find, this one is sure to catch the eye of any skeleton watch aficionado.
Seiko SSA074 Skeleton Unisex Rose Gold white face dial watch
Who Its For: Men or Women
Price: $195.00
The Seiko SSA074 looks traditional at first glance, but sports a small hint of skeleton watch flavor. This rose gold skeleton watch is perfect for any man or woman looking to make a statement. Also, golf GPS watches are great for sports fanatics.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton Lady Auto
Who Its For: Women
Price: $1,245.00
Total class with a dash of skeleton watch edge come together beautifully in the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton Lady Auto.
Chronomaster El Primero Full Open
Who Its For: Men
Price: $8,821.00
The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open skeleton watch brings a level of sophistication and class to skeleton watches you won’t see anywhere else.
Rotary Les Originales Ladies Rose Gold Case Watch
Who It’s For: Women
Price: $950.00
Beautifully crafted in rose gold and silver this stunning watch from Rotary is perfect for any woman! Made from high-quality materials and with a beautiful brown leather strap this watch has got it all and would make a great gift.

18. JORD Dover Series Koa & Black

The JORD Dover Series Koa & Black wooden watch
JORD Dover Series Koa & Black
Who It’s For: Men and Women
Price: $295.00
A more traditional take on watches this luxury steampunk pocket watch from JORD would make a great gift for any special person in your life. The steampunk design complements the vintage wood design beautifully, so if you’re looking for something a little different this is for you.
Sewor Gold Skeleton Steampunk Wristwatch
Who It’s For: Men and Women
Price: $39.99
Classic yellow gold and brown leather come together in this ornate skeleton watch straight out of a steampunk novel. Travel to another dimension with this gorgeous piece!
Omega Yellow and Gold on Leather Strap Skeleton Watch
Who It’s For: Men and Women
Price: N/A
Yellow gold and a bold blue collide in this striking piece from Omega. The Yellow and Gold on Leather Strap Skeleton Watch is tough to find, but will definitely draw attention if you’re lucky enough to get it!
Michael Kors Merrick Black-Tone Watch
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $450.00
The Michael Kors Merrick Black-Tone Watch is like the Ferrari of the skeleton watch world. Sleek, intimidating, and all business.
Armitron Stainless Steel Automatic Bracelet Watch- 42MM
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $155.00
The Armitron Stainless Steel Automatic Bracelet Watch brings a little color to the skeleton watch world. Be bold with exposed gears and splashes of blue!
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 39mm
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $69,000.00
The price of a sports car, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding skeleton watch is undeniably mesmerizing. Exposed screws, raw metal, and exposed gear give this an industrial look that’s sure to stand out.
Akribos XXIV Men’s AK410RG ‘Saturnos’ Skeleton Automatic Gold Round Watch
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $62.99
Blurring the lines between steampunk and old school, the Akribos XXIV Men’s AK410RG Saturnos Skeleton Watch is bold, beautiful, and affordable.
ANDROID® Hercules Tungsten Skeleton 48mm Automatic
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $450.00
For lovers of blue and bold there’s the Android Hercules Tungsten Skeleton 48mm Automatic, a masculine take on the skeleton watch. Too bad it doesn’t pair with your Android smartphone…
Automatic Steampunk Skeleton Mechanical Stainless Steel Bronze Wristwatch
Who It’s For: Men
Price: $82.84
This stylish steampunk skeleton watch from Be The Boss features a fantastic face with a intricate cog like design and an luxury leather strap. It also comes with its own gift box and matching bracelet.
Osiris Artelier Silver Skeleton Dial Automatic Men’s Leather Watch
Who It’s For: Men or Women
Price: $1,802.00
Do you love skeleton watches and sophistication? This is the watch for you!

Your Next Step in Making a Steampunk Statement

There’s no denying the unique and one-of-a-kind statement that skeleton watches and steampunk watches make. They’re bold, they’re classy, they’re edgy, and they’re truly stylish.

Did I leave your favorite skeleton or steampunk watch off this list? Please leave your comments below…

If you’re looking for your next step in making a true statement when you enter the office, check out my list of 28 fantastic beard types and mustaches. You’d be amazed at how powerful a unique appearance can be. Just ask this guy.

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