elwappo99 wrote:haha! I certainly wasn't hoping to spend that much =) I did see your post and another user's post a few pages back and added those to a list that I'm researching.
The easiest way to search is to simply go on Amazon and search on "skeleton watch." And if you're interested, search "bridge movement watch." Also subscribe to ChronoShark. They sell genuine watches at amazingly cheap prices. They also have a 30 day money back guarantee. My friend got the above Vostok diver for about $200 (when everyone else was selling it for over $500), and I've gotten a $1700 Movado for $300. While it's true that watch companies usually inflate their prices, I get all my expensive watches professionally appraised and all ChronoShark purchases have been proven genuine, and appraised for what ChronoShark claims. I use William Barthman in NYC, arguably one of the country's most famous appraisers. That Appraisal Certificate means a lot for insurance or resale purposes. If it's fake or overvalued, I simply send it back within the 30 days.
BTW, don't trust your appraiser if s/he simply looks at the watch for 5 mins and do some checking in books or the Internet. Their appraisal certificates are worth nothing. My appraiser at William Barthman took about a week because he had a list of clients before me, and because true authenticating involves opening up the watch to verify that the movement and parts are genuine. Chinese knockoff are so good these days that you have to look at the innards. I think s/he will also verify that the Serial Number hasn't already been registered (if your watch is supposedly new), and Limited Edition watches are truly limited. At least one of my supposedly Limited Edition watches weren't. Good appraisal costs more but it's worth it to have the peace of mind.