It’s the end of October! Can you feel it? The air is crisp, the leaves are rustling, darkness starts at 5pm. Ghouls, goblins, skulls, and jack-o-lanterns creep around every corner and adorn every suburban porch stoop. Whether you celebrate Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, or Dia de Los Muertos, this spooky season is something millions of people look forward to every autumn, and others like to keep the season going on their wrists all year long.
What do I mean? I’m referring to watches that feature skulls or skeletons on the dial or bracelet. Skulls on watches are surprisingly incredibly popular and not just at Halloween time. Just a simple image search of “skull watch” will populate literally hundreds of watches featuring a spooky skull on the dial.
But as a luxury watch lover, it made me wonder if I could find real Rolexes with skulls. Well, you’re in for a treat--I was able to find some sweet tricked out Rolexes with skulls. Whether you find them to be ghoulishly gaudy or frighteningly fantastic, enjoy checking out this boo-tiful collection of Rolex skull mods.
Titan Black is a company well-known for using DLC coating to “black-out” Rolexes. This is their iteration of a custom Rolex Milgauss Reference 116400, that is limited to 25 pieces. This watch features a unique skull design with lume on the markers. As with the standard Milgauss, it houses an automatic movement, 31 jewels, a 40mm case, polished bezel, sapphire crystal, and an oyster bracelet. Honestly, I think this Rolex mod looks badass. The only thing that would make it even cooler, would be to add a black, orange, or gray (ooh! now you’re talking) rubber strap with a DLC-coated buckle.
2. Rolex Milgauss Skull Art by Bespoke Luxury Concepts
The colors in this Rolex skull art are so bright and vibrant and seem to be in direct opposition to the dark and moody colors we are used to associating with skulls. In a way it reminds me of the new Rolex OP line--unexpected in it’s bright candy colorways but intriguing, and somehow, it just works.
We love this fun take on a spooky dial, and the DLC coating makes the colors pop. The effect is almost that of stained glass or a watercolor painting. Bespoke Concepts states on their website that they are “driven by a passion for unique design,” and this Rolex mod is certainly unique. A quick peek at their website shows this design is also available on a Hublot, as well as other watch brands.
3. Audemar Piguet Skull Mod - Bespoke Luxury Concepts
Another very spooky, and much more moody skull mod is this Audemar Piguet by Bespoke Luxury Concepts. Ok, it’s not a Rolex, but it would definitely trick-or-treat in the same awesome neighborhood (you know, the one that gives out full-sized candy bars). Check out this terrifying skull mod by Bespoke Luxury Concepts on this 41mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with PVD-coated black steel.
4. MAD Paris , sold by Harrolds Australia
The details on this watch, both on the dial and the bracelet are remarkable. The dial itself appears to be skeletonized, which certainly adds a layer of whimsy and perfectly complements the skull design on the dial.
Here is what the designers at MAD Paris had to say about this incredibly cool skull design: “Reinventing the world of luxury watchmaking, MAD Paris gives its clients the opportunity to create a unique piece, designed in their image, as an extension of their own personality. This Rolex Milgauss is a once in a lifetime piece created by the expert hands of the MAD Paris craftsman. It is coated in signature black DLC, complementing the 40mm skeletonised dial with a skull detail bracelet.”
5. Rolex Sub Skull Mod by Black Venom Custom
We love that this Rolex Skull Mod by Black Venom Custom is on a Submariner Date 116610. The dial features a large skull in the center surrounded by smaller skulls at the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11 o’clock markers. Black Venom Custom calls themselves “luxury rebel” and we can relate as putting your metal bracelet away and swapping it out for a rubber strap can be seen as a bit rebellious. But as with any rebellious act, taking the risk is always so much fun and rarely regrettable. As Osho once said, “creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence,” and we couldn’t agree more. This Skull Mod can is listed for around $18K here.
Well wasn’t that a treat? Hope you enjoyed seeing these boo-tiful tricked out Rolexes!
Don’t want to spend the money on a Rolex skull mod, but still want to rep Halloween on your wrist in a less overtly spooky way? Try an orange rubber strap on a black sub for a subtle nod to your favorite holiday.