18th Century Unique Vintage Skull Pocket Watch On eBay

18th Century Unique Vintage Skull Pocket Watch On eBay


We found something very special on eBay that is an antique 18th century table sculpture and pocket watch. This unique creation appears to be a cast bronze figurine of the skeleton which sits atop a marble base. Apparently it was designed to sit on a desk, and the skeleton itself is sitting on an upside down pyramid. The skull detaches and opens up to reveal a pocket watch produced by a famed Swiss watch maker.



The movement itself was produced by Swiss clock and watchmaker Ferdinand Berthoud, who was born in Neuchatel in 1727. Having died in 1807, this movement was likely produced in the latter part of the 18th century. The pocket watch movement features a fusee & chain style transmission that was used for accuracy over time.

It is clear that Berthoud produced the movement, but it is unclear whether he was the one that placed it in this particular skull case and skeleton table clock. It was very customary at the time for movement makers to be wholly separate from those who would case the movements and sell the watches.

  • Ryan B

    Something about vintage watch porn that satisfies the soul (no pun intended …. ok maybe a little)


    When Ariel was at JCK recently, he got a photo of the Klock Skull Table watch I posted on the ABTW FB page: http://on.fb.me/13VeTE8  – now I see this cool skull-table-watch-thing is something us humans have been doing for awhile.  What’s up with that? I’d love to research an article for it now and see if one of our team would write it up.
    We’re publishing an article about the Montegrappa Chaos Skull and Snake watch in a couple of days – it’s like Skull Watch Week and it’s not even Halloween :-) What makes the unlikely pairing of skulls and watches so natural?  I love it and I don’t understand exactly why!  Is it the message that “It is later than you think?”
    I’m going to go look at some more skull watches now that I added a Skulls and Watches tag to the post to see if it helps me understand why I find this so freaking cool and why it makes me happy to look at them!

  • MikeyLacroix

    likely something to do with this

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  • Ulysses31

    I know it’s old, antique, and contains an example of fine watch-making and yet this skeleton looks no different to the faux-antique sculptures you can find in any number of drug paraphernalia stores.  You know the place… dark, with black lights shining, cigarette papers and weed grinders and such all over the place.  Novelty Bob Marley caricature bongs, that sort of thing.  Goths would love it, but couldn’t afford it.

  • Lesthepom

    Sorry but this thing puts the UG in to ugly it may have a super cool movement but NO No No

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  • Kris C

    I’d have that on my desk.

  • watch_maker

    This watch is fake .This are doctors watches and they must be anatomically perfect.The skull look like Cro-Magnon not as Homo Sapiens.The patina is not good also the dial .This watch is a cheap fabrication.

  • StevenHumphrey

    So fake.

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