As one of the most popular watch complications, the moon phase has long fascinated more than just astronomers. In the world of luxury watches, this feature has established itself in numerous models and enchanted its wearers. If you are looking for a fine watch that not only tells you the time, but also the position of the moon, you should definitely take a look at the following models: the most captivating watches with a moon phase complication at Watchmaster.
Ladies' and men's moon phase watches
Since we have already covered the development and function of the moon phase in detail, we'd like to focus here exclusively on moon phase watches themselves and feature a few particularly impressive models for men and women available from the Watchmaster collection.
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual 310.025EThe stylish Langematik Perpetual (Ref. 310.025E) men's moon phase watch comes with a 39 mm platinum case with a sapphire crystal back, automatic movement, black leather strap and far more than just one complication. This model is a so-called Grande Complication featuring a perpetual calendar. In addition to the moon phase complication positioned at 6 o'clock, Langematik Perpetual's silver dial shows the date at 12 o'clock, the month and power reserve at 3 o'clock, as well as the weekday and a day-night indicator at 9 o'clock. Furthermore, the moon phase display doubles as a dial for a small second, which rounds out the Langematik's design.
Breitling Navitimer Olympus A19340This aviation classic is considerably more sporty: the Navitimer Olympus (Ref. A19340) combines the features of a pilot's watch with those of an elegant dress watch. With a case diameter of 41.8 mm, this model is one of the smaller versions of the Navitimer. Nevertheless, nothing has been omitted. On the contrary: the Olympus (Ref. A19340) is complemented by an additional complication thanks to its moon phase. Each of the totalizers at 6, 9 and 12 o'clock has two functions: first, the chronograph's stop function and, second, an analogue date function, making this moon phase watch by Breitling a true full calendar in the guise of a sports watch. This exceptional hybrid is a comparatively inexpensive moon phase watch.
BREITLING NAVITIMER OLYMPUS A19340
IWC Da Vinci Rattrapante IW375401An extravagant dress watch by IWC, the Da Vinci Rattrapante (Ref. IW375401) builds upon the success of the existing Da Vinci Collection. The refined, round 41 mm case under the Reference number IW375401 houses a precise automatic movement. The dial features a full calendar. The moon phase is situated at 12 o'clock, and the other totalizers at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock serve as the analogue date, small seconds, day, month and chronograph hands. Another special feature of the Da Vinci Rattrapante is the additional pusher at 10 o'clock to start a second stopwatch. When the pusher is pressed, the stopwatch hand stops immediately and a second stopwatch hand starts at exactly this point. The overall appearance of this elegant rose-gold automatic watch with a moon phase complication is rounded off by a dark brown leather watch band that gently wraps around the wrist. If you are looking for an IWC moon phase watch for ladies, the Da Vinci (Ref. 3735) with a quartz movement, is an ideal choice with its considerably smaller case diameter of 28 mm that is optically very similar.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Calendar Q3758420Not only the Breitling Navitimer Olympus has successfully bridged the gap from sports watch to dress watch. The Reverso also has its roots in sport and was originally for the British Army's polo players in India. The case can be easily rotated so that the dial faces the inside and is protected from scratches and damage. Thanks to this feature, the Reverso quickly became a very popular dress watch and models began to feature increasingly elaborate complications. One such model is the Reverso Grande Automatique (Ref. 240.8.72). This model has an additional GMT hand, a moon phase at 6 o'clock and a date display at 11 o'clock. The stainless steel case is attached to a brown leather strap and provides space on the case back for a personalized engraving for a moon phase watch that is guaranteed to be truly unique.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE REVERSO GRANDE AUTOMATIQUE 240.8.72
Patek Philippe Complications 5205G-001With a white gold case and a black crocodile leather strap, the Complications (Ref. 5205G-001) by Patek Philippe is already a classic dress watch. However, the Patek Philippe Complications did not earn its name by accident and features a full calendar including a moon phase complication at 6 o'clock. The sapphire crystal case back allows a view of the movement of the oscillating weight engraved with the company logo, as well as the operation of the movement. This men's moon phase watch is available from Watchmaster in a full set with the accompanying box and papers.
Louis Erard 1931 Diamonds Moonphase 31218AD24With the 1931 Diamonds Moonphase (Ref. 31218AD24), Louis Erard manages an elegant balancing act between classic horological craftsmanship and modern design. The 42 mm diameter stainless steel case is attached to the wrist by a light blue crocodile leather watch strap with a folding clasp. A shimmering mother-of-pearl dial, an internal diamond bezel as well as diamond indices and a circular analogue date make this model a true eye-catcher. The blue of the moon phase display harmonizes with the blue leather strap and contrasts the bright dial perfectly, but without being too conspicuous. If you are still unconvinced, the sapphire crystal case back, through which the self-winding calibre can be admired, may help convince you. This moon phase watch will add a highlight to the wrist of any lady.
LOUIS ERARD 1931 DIAMONDS MOONPHASE 31218AD24
Vacheron Constantin Malte Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 47112/000JEven in the world of the most luxurious timepieces, this moon phase watch from Vacheron Constantin stands out from the crowd. The Malte Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (Ref. 47112/000J) features a yellow gold case and a premium leather strap, as well as a variety of complications including a finely engraved moon phase indicator. Furthermore, this model shines with a manual movement with a sapphire crystal back that is hidden behind a yellow gold cover that can be opened from the side like a pocket watch. Although this hand-wound watch with a moon phase complication demands a handsome price from its future owner, it is one of the absolute top models from the collection of one of the world's most renowned manufacturers.
Glashütte Original Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase 100-04-13-02-04Significantly less expensive than Vacheron Constantin, but no less prestigious, are the timepieces from the German town of Glashütte in Saxony. As a symbol of the German watchmaking tradition, Glashütte Original has always been at the forefront. As a classic dress watch with a black leather strap and black dial, the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase (Ref. 100-04-13-02-04) is a perfect match for business attire and will always ensure a good impression. The watch's moon phase complication is located between 9 and 11 o'clock on the dial together with a date window at 4 o'clock. The 39 mm diameter model is relatively simple and the moon phase is a superb detail on the understated white dial.
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar 110715The Montblanc Heritage Series is absolutely enchanting. The model bearing the reference 110715 is a precious luxury watch with a moon phase complication at 6 o'clock, analogue date at 3 o'clock, day display at 9 o'clock and month display at 12 o'clock. The 39 mm stainless steel case is attached to the wrist by means of a black crocodile leather watch strap with a pin buckle. This moon phase watch with an automatic movement made in 2019 is available at Watchmaster including the original box and papers. Due to the many complications and the relatively low purchase price, this model is an excellent introduction to the world of luxury watches.
MONTBLANC HERITAGE SPIRIT PERPETUAL CALENDAR 110715
Chopard L.U.C. Lunar One 161927-5001With a case diameter of 43 mm, the rose gold L.U.C. Lunar One (Ref. 161927-5001) from Chopard is one of the larger moon phase watches on this list. The watch's silver dial with Roman indices displays an elegant full calendar. It is also possible to admire the calibre from the back of this automatic moon phase watch, which has one other little special feature. While an oscillating weight usually covers half of the calibre leaving only the other half visible, the oscillating weight of this watch is much smaller, so that the calibre may be viewed virtually in its entirety.
Breguet Classique Moonphase BR3337As one of the most revolutionary inventors in the field of watchmaking, the brilliant mathematician and watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet created a monument to himself during his lifetime. The Classique Moonphase (Ref. BR3337), dating from the early 1990s, evokes the origins of modern watchmaking with its yellow gold case, champagne dial, blued Breguet hands and moon phase display at 12 o'clock. The sapphire crystal case back reveals the skeletonized oscillating weight and the poetic interaction of the movement's various components. With a case diameter of 36 mm and a refined leather strap, this moon phase watch is equally suited for both men and women.
Maurice Lacroix Starside SD6107-SD501-75EThe Maurice Lacroix Starside (Ref. SD6107-SD501-75E) is a sophisticated moon phase watch for ladies with a black satin strap, a 37.5 mm case diameter and an elaborately designed champagne-coloured dial. The dial, which features not only the time, but the current moon phase at 12 o'clock and an analogue date complication, is encircled by a bezel set with diamonds. There are also two windows in the shape of moon crescents that display the current month and day of the week.
MAURICE LACROIX STARSIDE SD6107-SD501-75E