This whole article started with a random eBay discovery: this antique skull pocketwatch, circa 1780, which as of this writing had one bid at $500.00. But the existence of one pretty awesome skull pocket watch led me to look for others, and to discover that, bizarre as it may seem, the skull has been a repeating theme in pocket watches for hundreds of years.
Watchismo.com introduced me to both this intricate silver watch made for Mary Queen of Scotts, and the following photo of an enamel Memento Mori watch from 1810:
and Antique-watch.com showcased this incredible piece from 1930:
Knock it Off: A comparable modern watch to the one above is made by Craig Compton, sold through Alan Furman & Co (price by request). Oddly, the Franklin Mint makes a gold take on the theme at $140.00, the Hour of Destiny Watch, and by far the least expensive knockoff I found is the Coll Skull Pendant Watch, at a ridiculous $2.58.