Studying the phases of the moon doesn’t just go back hundreds of years, but thousands of years with the Antikythera mechanism from Ancient Greece and in the life cycle of watchmaking, it continued to be a fascination amongst watchmakers all across the globe. But nowadays in the 21st century, it’s probably one of the most useless complications there is in a watch. However, they’re still gorgeous.
So, Moonphase complications tend to be a little bit more expensive, but still, it’s not like collecting cars (or it is?). We’ll start with some more affordable alternatives in the beginning of our list, but we’ll just work our way up from there. And we’re looking for Moonphase watches, there’s a lot of watches that have, you know, moon indicators on the dial but are not Moonphase watches. They won’t actually measure the different phases of the moon. A great example of that is the Orient Sun and Moon. That’s more of just an AM, PM indicator on the watch.
Glycine Combat 6 Moonphase – A Top Choice
Our first watch on the list today is from Glycine and it is the Glycine Combat 6 Moonphase. And I have to admit this could be my favourite Glycine watch in terms of the overall aesthetic. In terms of what we’re looking at here from a spec breakdown, we’re looking at a price range of a mid-thousand, case size of 40 millimetres, case thickness of 12 millimetres, powered by an automatic GL280. This looks to be a 26 dual movement, a Sellita base movement inside here, water-resistance of 50 meters and has a sapphire crystal.
- Sellita Swiss Movement
- A 100 Years Watch Brand
Christopher Ward C9 Moonphase
Our next brand here is Christopher Ward. And a couple of years ago I remember seeing the Christopher Ward C9 Moonphase. Honestly, a very, very beautiful watch and I love the positioning of that old logo. I love the way it looked. However, these new C1 Malvern Moonphases from Christopher Ward are awesome as well and I really do enjoy them. The case size of 40.5 millimetres, thickness of 12.35 millimetres, powered by an automatic JJ04, this is a highly modified ETA 2836-2 which really leads to increased accuracy of the timepiece. Water resistance of 30 meters and a sapphire crystal.
I do like the C9 a little bit more than the C1 with that older Christopher Ward logo, they had to shift to this newer logo, but I imagine they’re probably going to shift again considering all the criticism that they get, but still, this is one of the dials that I think the actual new logo does not look too bad with the balancing of that Moonphase aperture at the top of the dial and just a really good looking watch. Some pretty good value from Christopher Ward as well, but that’s kind of come to be expected with the brand these days, really awesome watch and really interesting Moonphase to look at.
BALL Trainmaster Moonphase
I’m very excited to mention this next watch on the list and that is BALL Watch Company with the BALL Trainmaster Moonphase. The case size of 40 millimetres, has a thickness of 14.5 millimetres. Movement is an automatic Ball RR1801, that’s an ETA 2836-2 base movement, water-resistance of 50 meters and has a sapphire crystal.
The BALL Watch Company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1891 by Webb C. Ball. And Ball rose to prominence alongside the American railroad industry. Prior to the development of complex railroad systems in the United States, there was no consensus for timekeeping and back in 1891 there was a head-on head collision of two trains in Kipton, Ohio and that led Webb C. Ball to develop his own watches. And that’s really where BALL Watch Company came to be and they were producing incredibly accurate movements to help with the coming and going of trains at different stops to avoid another disaster like this from happening again. And one of my favourite aspects of this watch is just the loom on the actual moon itself, so this moon is shining no matter what phase it’s in.
- Movement Automatic BALL RR1801 28800 A/h
- Moon Phase, Date, Central 60 Second Hand
Oris Artelier Moonphase
Oris references are long, the one for Artelier Moonphase is 01 781 7729 4051-07 5 21 66FC. The case size of 40 millimetres with a thickness of 11.9 millimetres, movement is an automatic Oris 781, that is a Sellita based movement, water-resistance of 50 meters and has a sapphire crystal. And I’ve always been a big fan of these watches. This particular model with the white shade dial with the blue accent marks is really well done and you’re also getting a lot of other additional functionality with this watch with the sub-dial at nine o’clock displaying the date, sub-dial at six o’clock displaying the 24 hour second time zone, and then the sub-dial at three o’clock it displays the day of the week.
- Oris Calibre 781, Base SW 200-1 Automatic Movement.
- 38-hour Power Reserve.
Longines Master Collection
Now next up we have Longines and we’re going to be looking at their Master Collection with the reference L2.673.4.78. The case size of 41 millimetres, movement is an automatic L678, that is an ETA based movement with a 48-hour power reserve, water-resistance at 30 meters and a sapphire crystal. So the Longines Master collection was launched back in 2005 and it is probably the more luxurious option when you’re looking at the entire catalogue of Longines. And this watch also comes with some increased functionality with a GMT chronograph, a month date day, and of course a moon phase.
- Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal.
- Transparent Back Case.
Baume et Mercier Clifton Moonphase
Baume et Mercier falls underneath the Richemont group and very similar to how Tissot or Omega overshadow a lot of the brands in the Swatch group, I think we see that a lot with Richemont as well with a lot of their leading brands, maybe casting a bit of a shadow on some of the smaller brands like Baume et Mercier. But the watch we’re going to be looking at here is the Baume et Mercier Clifton Moonphase, particularly the reference 10055. The case size of 43 millimetres, the thickness of 12.25 millimetres, the movement here is a Dubois Depraz 9000 which is a module that can sit on top of different Swiss-based calibres, water-resistance of 50 meters and a sapphire crystal.
Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase
And now for our last swatch, honestly the true motivation behind making this video as I have always loved the look of these pieces and that is the Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase. The case size of 39 millimetres and also a 42-millimetre version. We’re looking at a thickness of 11 millimetres, we have an automatic FC-705 in here, so that’s an in house movement, water-resistance of 30 meters and has a sapphire crystal.
Frédérique Constant, founded back in 1988 has quickly been growing as a Swiss brand and that’s only been expedited after being acquired by Citizen back in 2017. And when looking at Frédérique Constant, you have a couple of different offerings. I mean you have options below thousand dollars but once you get to like that 2K$ mark, you start getting into some really interesting options that are more kind of that borderline luxury tier that really do compete well above the price point. For this watch, in particular, you’re getting an in house movement, a moon phase with a watch that looks absolutely fantastic. Yes, you’re seeing a little bit of Patek styling in this, but honestly, beautiful watch.
- A combination date and moonphase sub-dial at the 6 o'clock position.
- Automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
And when you think of Frédérique Constant, maybe you’re not thinking about the amount of in house calibres they have. I mean this brand has 15 in house calibers and when you look at the back with the decorating of this movement, you have to be impressed. And this is one that always comes to mind when I’m thinking of just very beautiful dress watches with a moon phase in it’s a great option for somebody looking for a watch with a moon phase complication.