With Halloween around the corner, there are plenty of inexpensive watches out there to satisfy any number of ghoulish themes, from vampires to werewolves to witches. However, only a handful can boast being genuinely frightening and horrifically luxurious at the same time. And while some of the price tags may send shivers down your spine, our watch repair experts insist these Halloween-inspired gems are worth a second look.
1. Seiko SRP311
Nicknamed the “Sharptooth Orange Monster,” this delightful 42mm men’s timepiece looks like an evil jack-o-lantern ready to take a bite out of your wrist. With a glowing orange face and bezel markings and luminescent green incisor-shaped hour indicators, this guy will scare the bejeezus out of you if you wake up in the middle of the night and find him staring back at you from your nightstand.
The “orange monster” model is a 4R36 caliber self-winding (or automatic) watch movement housed in a stainless steel case and protected with Seiko’s trademarked Hardlex crystal. The only thing not scary about the Seiko is its price – you can purchase the little monster for around $500.
2. Roger Dubuis Excalibur Pirelli Black DLC
If you see this 45mm creature on someone’s wrist, your first instinct might be to swat it. Surprisingly scary, the exposed, spider-like watch movement of the Excalibur Pirelli fits nicely into a black titanium case with a titanium container and rubber inlays. Its anti-reflective sapphire case also protects from would-be spider hunters and other things that go bump in the night.
Dubuis’ creepy-crawly design is perfect for brewing a bit of Halloween mayhem, and the black and red models are particularly frightening. Finally, if you’re a race car guru, the strap’s rubber inlays hail from certified Pirelli winning tires from actual championship races. The Dubuis web-spinner will take a substantial bite out of your budget, though. It retails for a cool $66,500.
3. HYT H0 and HYT Skull Red Eye
These HYT models are perfect at bringing out your inner monster, as the face on both has no hands, and time is measured linearly with a 1mm capillary filled with colored and transparent liquid. The movement, enclosed in a nearly 50mm black titanium case, powers high-tech billows that move the capillary fluid. As the colored liquid moves forward, it displaces the transparent liquid—the number corresponding to the area where the two fluids meet marks the hour.
The H0 comes in several colors, but its vampire-like black case with red liquid or monster-themed green liquid makes the perfect Halloween accessory. And if a black-as-night watch with red fluid coursing through it isn’t scary enough, HYT adjusted the face to create the even more nightmarish red and green eye skull models. The HYT Skull comes in an all-black titanium case with green liquid moving around the skull, or a rose gold and black titanium case with the skull surrounded by red liquid. The rose gold skull has red eye sockets and a completely translucent red case back, while the all-black skull has green eye sockets with a green case back.
Of course, all this ghoulish style comes with a hefty price tag. The HYT H0 runs between $20,000 and $30,000, and the skull models can set you back anywhere between $40,000 and $60,000. Now that might give you nightmares.
4. Fendi Momento Monster
For a slightly more affordable fright, there’s the Momento Fendi 40mm quartz chronograph Monster. The watch’s satin-brushed stainless steel black face sports two large, luminescent yellow eyes and pointers on the chronograph’s small seconds dial and 30-minute counter give the impression of feline-like irises tracking your every move.
This Halloween treat will set you back between $500 and $2000, depending on whether the watch has expensive extras like white diamonds. Any self-respecting witch would hands down prefer the Fendi Monster over a dusty, old broom.
5. Gucci Ghost
The Gucci G-Timeless Ghost watch, with its black face and signature drawing of a little white ghost, is the brainchild of artist Trevor ‘Trouble’ Andrew and Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele. This 38mm unisex watch uses a high-quality quartz movement in a stainless steel case and a synthetic sapphire crystal.
More cute than creepy, the GucciGhost watch represents the merger of traditional Gucci elegance and trendy young fashion. And it all happened by accident. Who knew that when Andrew made up a last-minute ghost costume by cutting two eye holes in his Gucci sheets, that he would inspire a brand new direction for the fashion icon.
That night, Andrew’s alter ego, GucciGhost, was born, spawning a whole new line of handbags, watches, and other accessories emblazoned with his unique art. With a price tag under $800, this watch is an affordable treat for the living and the dead.
If you choose to surprise your loved one with a deliciously diabolical gift this All Hollow’s Eve, know that our Swiss-trained service technicians can handle watch repair for Coach, Seiko, Citizen, and everything in between. These watches are meant to be frightening, but maintaining them shouldn’t be.