Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
Time flies when you’re having fun, but even faster when you’re wearing a watch that makes you feel cool.
You’ll probably find that you already have a watch that has a black or white face, or maybe even blue, so why not go for a luxurious watch with moon phases to add a touch of elegance? Keep reading if you want to find out how they work and find the perfect moon phase watch for you, you might even be matching with Liam Payne.
What Is A Moonphase Watch And How Does It Work?
Certain watches will have complication features, which are features that aren’t directly related to displaying the time. This includes the moonphase feature. It’s powered by two identical moons placed on a disc underneath the dial, which is then moved by 59 ‘teeth’ sitting on a driving wheel underneath, inside the case.
The mechanics inside the watch will make sure the moon moves once per day. Finally, the second moon will appear after an entire lunar cycle–which consists of 29.5 days– has been completed and the next lunar cycle will start. This is why it is moved by exactly 59 teeth, as 29.5 x 2 equals 59.
However, because of the nature of our calendar and the fact that some months have more days than others, your moonphase watch might not be accurate anymore once every two or so years. This can be fixed at home by changing the date and time using the crown of your watch. Some of the more luxury brands will have a moonphase moved by a driving wheel with 125 teeth to fix that problem for you.
That being said, here is a list of the best moonphase watches in the word right now, consisting of a wide price range so that you can find the perfect one for you.
Your Next Moonphase Watch
GUESS Black Ionic Plated Mesh Bracelet Watch With Genuine Diamond, Day, Date and Moonphase Model U0869G1
You guessed it (pun intended), this moon phase watch displays the time, even in seconds, as well as the date and moonphase through mineral crystal. With a 41.5mm stainless steel case, it’s durable and protected from any scratches.
If you want to go for a sportier look, its mesh bracelet paired with its pilot buckle are so light you’ll barely notice it is there after getting used to it, which makes it the perfect moon dial watch for you. If you find the strap is too big, it is easily adjustable at home. Running on Japanese quartz movement, and with a battery included with your purchase, this watch is sure to last long and give you that trendy yet sleek look.
Lucien Piccard Supernova Moonphase Automatic Men’s Watch LP-15157-RG-01
Looking for a watch with sun and moon dial, that also has a classic leather strap, a stainless steel case and is luminous? This cheap moonphase watch might be the perfect match for you. It runs automatically, displays the hours, seconds, moonphase as well as the day date, and is even water resistant up to 50 metres deep.
With a window made out of sapphire crystal, it will give you that luxurious feel you have been longing for. There’s no need to fuss about which battery to buy as it’s already included and the watch is ready to be shown off both in daylight and the dark.
Stuhrling Original Moonphase Dress Watch – Stainless Steel Case And Leather Band – Analog Dial – Celestia Mens Watches Collection
This stunning analog moonphase watch is sure to bring an element of luxury and a pop of colour to your outfit. With a special animation of the moon phase at 6 o’clock, it is sure to be to your taste and aspire you to reach for the moon so that even if you fail, you land amongst the stars. Its formal leather strap comes in a range of colours so that it can compliment your best outfit.
If this watch is not out of budget, you can benefit from a two year warranty, as well as water resistance of up to 50 metres deep, and an elegant watch powered by Japanese quartz movement.
Orient Men’s ‘Sun and Moon Version 3’ Japanese Automatic / Hand-Winding Watch With Sapphire Crystal
The name says it all for this moon phases watch. Its sapphire crystal window displays the time in classic Roman numerals, as well as the day date and, of course, the lunar cycle.
With Japanese quartz movement and a power reserve of about 40 hours, this watch is also water-resistant up to a depth of 50 meters, but we recommend you only swim with it recreationally. Its leather strap adds a touch of class, and it comes in a variety of colour combinations so that you really can’t go wrong.
Fréderique Constant Slimline Moonphase 38.8mm
This moon phase watch, Swiss made, is definitely up there in terms of price. However, we believe it is definitely worth it if you’re a watch kind of guy. The moon phase and day date blends in seamlessly with the rest of the watch face and creates a crisp contrast against the gold-plated stainless steel hands and case.
The stars dotted around the face, as well round diamonds to mark the time, makes this moon phase watch a true work of art. The band is made of quality alligator leather, and the window of a reliable sapphire crystal. If you’re looking for a true and trusting Swiss watch, this could be the one for you.
Zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg Moonphase Watch | Blue & Stainless Steel – 40mm
The Zeppelin stainless steel moon phase watch could be your new go-to accessory if you are also looking for a blue-faced watch. What makes this watch stand out is the hesalite crystal that goes over the edge of the window, giving it a modern and sleek touch.
The strap is of comfortable and lightweight stainless steel mesh as well as the case. It is able to go up to 30 metres underwater, and with a blue face like this, we feel it is ready to be worn on a summer vacation to match the blue skies, as well as ready for a busy business day to help make you look formal and well-prepared.
Forsining Men’s Automatic Luxury Brand Brown Genuine Leather Strap Analog Moon Phase Watch FSG319M3S3
7th on our list is this intricately designed moon phase watch from Forsining, one of the more detailed moon phase watches on the market. It has a 46mm case width, making it one of the bigger-faced watches from our list.
Not only does it display the lunar cycle, but also the day date, month and has a separate hand to count the seconds. It’s stainless steal crown can be pulled out to change the time, and it’s window is protected by sapphire crystal. If this hasn’t sold you already, consider the little happy face on the sun in the lunar cycle feature that hopes you have a good day, every day you wear it.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Phase Q1368420
This moon phase watch is here for a good time and a long time: you can trust Jaeger-LeCoultre to bring you the highest quality watch. This phase watch is possibly one of the most polished and most modern phase watches out there. This one in particular is automatic and has a smaller case size at 39mm.
The band is made of black alligator leather, and is prepared to comfortably hug your wrist for a long time, anywhere you go. So the black and white colour combination of the face and the band is sure to suit you, no matter what you are wearing.
Thomas Earnshaw Men’s Longitude Moonphase Stainless Steel Mechanical-Hand-Wind Watch (Model: ES-8066-05)
If you were waiting for a monochrome moon phase watch, we present to you the moon phase watch by Thomas Earnshaw. The gold Roman numerals and hands powered by automatic movement stand out from the black, textured background. It is however another one of the bigger-faced watches we’ve looked at today with a case diameter of 44mm, giving it a sturdy and trustworthy look.
The matching black leather strap is 22mm wide. We think this watch would be the perfect companion to the man who likes to stay active, as it is even water resistant and can go up to 50 metres deep.
Patek Philippe World Time Moon Phase 5575G
Is this a watch or a star constellation? This work of art by Patek Philippe has a case made out of white gold, hence the price mark. It is well detailed and is sure to stand out from your collection of other watches. With the hours marked in 24-hour intervals, it is one of the most unique moon phase watches on the market.
It’s monochrome look with a pop of white gold makes it the perfect watch for any occasion and to pair with any outfit. If you consider yourself a connoisseur of watches, having a moon phase watch like this one would be a dream come true.
Find Your Perfect Moonphase Watch
- GUESS Black Ionic Plated Mesh Bracelet Watch With Genuine Diamond, Day, Date and Moonphase Model U0869G1
- Lucien Piccard Supernova Moonphase Automatic Men’s Watch LP-15157-RG-01
- Stuhrling Original Moonphase Dress Watch – Stainless Steel Case And Leather Band – Analog Dial – Celestia Mens Watches Collection
- Orient Men’s ‘Sun and Moon Version 3’ Japanese Automatic / Hand-Winding Watch With Sapphire Crystal
- Fréderique Constant Slimline Moonphase 38.8mm
- Zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg Moonphase Watch | Blue & Stainless Steel – 40mm
- Forsining Men’s Automatic Luxury Brand Brown Genuine Leather Strap Analog Moon Phase Watch FSG319M3S3
- Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Phase Q1368420
- Thomas Earnshaw Men’s Longitude Moonphase Stainless Steel Mechanical-Hand-Wind Watch (Model: ES-8066-05)
- Patek Philippe World Time Moon Phase 5575G
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