Stefan Kudoke Hand Engraved Skull


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SKU: SK-012

Watch Brand: Stefan Kudoke

Stefan Kudoke North America

Hand made dial with unique engraving
• Case diameter (mm): 38.0
• Case thickness (mm): 10.0
• Case lug width (mm): 20
• Lug to lug (mm): 48
• Case back: Transparent
• Case finish: Mixed
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Strap or bracelet: Strap
• Warranty service: RGM or Kudoke

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WatchBuys Price: $7,540

Stefan Kudoke Hand Engraved Skull
Stefan Kudoke Hand Engraved Skull

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Stefan Kudoke Hand Engraved Skull
Stefan Kudoke Hand Engraved Skull
Stefan Kudoke Hand Engraved Skull
Stefan Kudoke Hand Engraved Skull
Stefan Kudoke Hand Engraved Skull
Stefan Kudoke Hand Engraved Skull
Product Details

Mori Memento Clock
This watch features among the largest amount of hand workmanship of any watch we carry.



The Inspiration

Stefan was inspired by the Memento Mori clocks that were first built more than 400 years ago.

Those historic timepieces address the transiency of time by expressing it symbolically with a skull and bones.

After designing his popular Kudoke Real Skeleton watch, Stefan wanted to create a watch with similar design but with a true dial.

His goal was not to create a "grim" watch, but rather one of artistic expression to show the passage of time.  You'll notice the use of small bones to show the Roman numerals and which are also engraved into the rotor.



The Hand Engraved Dial

The dial is made from sterling silver and is completely made by hand.  Using a relief engraving technique, Stefan creates an embossed skull and bones from silver.  This type of engraving is much more difficult and time consuming than standard "cut out" engraving.

Once the engraving is completed, the dial is coated with black and white rhodium to create contrast.

Using a small paintbrush, Stefan then applies a special lacquer using black rhodium to create added dimension.



The Hour and Minute Hands

The minute and hour hands are also completely made in-house and by hand.  Stefan uses a tiny saw to first cut the bone shapes; these shapes are then further refined by traditional engraving to achieve the final look. 

The final process is to temper both hands blue using hot brass chippings.  Stefan has admitted to us that this step often must be repeated numerous times, as it is very difficult to achieve an even coloration (colors can range from light blue to violet unless the correct heat is applied).



In summary, this is a very special watch of which no two pieces are exactly alike.



How Can I Purchase This Watch?

This watch is offered on a reservation-only basis due to demand far exceeding supply.

If you would like to own this watch, please follow the link below to learn about the reservations process.  Watches will be delivered in the exact order in which we receive your reservation.

To make a reservation and to learn more about delivery estimates please click here.

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Verified Owner Comments: I've been collecting skull items (cuff links, braces, belt/boots, bow tie) for years and was planning to buy the Bell & Ross BR01 Laughing Skull because I'm a huge watch guy. However, when I found Stefan Kudoke's version I realized that it would get much more wrist time since I wear a suit to work and his version is dressier than the BRO1. I also very much like the idea of supporting independent watch makers, and in doing my due diligence on Stefan, I could tell that he was the real deal. I asked for the price through Stefan's website and was advised that WatchBuys had one in stock (the other Kudoke US distributors did not, with an estimated 3 month wait time). It was my first time ordering from them, so I wanted to call and discuss the process, payment/financing options, etc., just to have a good comfort level before I pulled the trigger (also did some research on them online). I would describe the conversation with WatchBuys as informative, patient, cooperative, and ultimately r... - more details