Why the Skeleton CDBAA004H Belongs on Your Wrist and Not in the Closet

February 10th, 2011 | 4 Comments

One of the reasons wristwatches are so well-loved is because of the appreciation we have for things that are made well. A watch is like a tiny machine, and a good watch is made with the utmost precision, attention to detail, and craftsmanship.

Take a watch like the Orient Metro CDBAA003A apart, and you’ll find it’s comprised of many tiny parts, all put together carefully to make a highly functional timepiece.

Because we appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making a watch, we love to see the tiny parts at work. That’s why a skeleton feature is so popular among watch-lovers.

A skeleton feature leaves part of the watch movement exposed, allowing you to see the watch’s inner-workings. This is an especially sought-after feature to have on a watch’s dial (although they can also be found on a caseback).

There are 2 ways in which this feature can be displayed on the dial:

  • Semi-Skeleton
  • Full Skeleton


A semi-skeleton feature, in which only part of the face leaves the movement exposed, lets you see its inner-workings without taking away too much from the other features on a dial. Orient offers many models with a semi-skeleton dial.

In racing models like the Orient CFTAB002B, the semi-skeleton feature, located on the left side of the dial, adds to the overall sporty feel of the model. Because it only takes up part of the dial, there’s room for a power reserve indicator, the Orient logo, and the eye-catching green hands.

The result is a contemporary design that can be appreciated for both its inner and outer workings.

The semi-skeleton feature on the Orient Metro CDBAA004H is smaller and more subtle, but it still achieves the same effect of producing a modern, trendy timepiece.

Some ladies models get even more creative with this feature. The popular Orient CDB01003T, for example, has the semi-skeleton feature in the shape of a heart on the left side of the dial. This creates a more classy, elegant look.

Full Skeleton

A watch with a full skeleton face is just what you would think. Instead of having just part of the movement exposed, the skeleton feature spans across the entire face.

A full skeleton face can have room for hour and minute hands, but they usually don’t have any other features that are typical on some other models. A full skeleton face can be appealing for aesthetic purposes. It creates a very unique, industrial look that will definitely get everyone’s attention.

It’s time to bring your skeletons out of the closet and wear them proudly on your wrist. So tell us – which do you prefer, a semi-skeleton feature or a full skeleton face? Post your comments below.

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  2. By Mark Barnes on Feb 12, 2011

    As a member of Generation Y, usually associated with our love for electronics, I am happy to see the resurgence of automatic skeleton watches. I have always been interested in watch movements and love the thought of being able to watch the movement without removing the back. Personally, I still like having some of the other features such as the date or power reserve on an automatic watch so I would prefer a semi-skeleton face.

  3. By David Adams on Feb 23, 2011

    automatic skeleton watches. don’t have one yet

  4. By vivian on Mar 6, 2011

    I own the Swatch Body & Soul full-skeleton automatic. I LOVE being able to see all the mechanical workings, not only from the back, but also from the front. (My only beef is that some of the mechanical parts are made of plastic – I wonder how long it’ll take to break.)
    I am lucky in that most watches don’t fit me because of my utterly small wrists. So I’m thankful for the relatively short lugs of that model; one of the few automatics which actually fit me (and it ain’t outta my budget either).

  5. By Will on Jul 4, 2011

    My personal preference would be for a full skeleton 2-4 axis tourbillon movement watch, which would be amazingly cool. However, such a watch would be way beyond my budget. So. How about a hybrid mechanical electrical full skeleton? Something like Seiko’s Kinetic power source driving a quality mechanical movement or tuning fork movement. Watch nerds everywhere would want one.

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