Best Moonphase Watch Reviews

Updated July 6, 2020

Tracking the moon phases as it travels around the Earth was one of the original methods of telling time. You might think the sun is a better indicator, but the Earth’s movement around the sun tells us the days and seasons. The moon’s movement around the Earth indicates the passing of months, known as the lunar cycle.

Moonphase watches allow the wearer to track the lunar cycle on their wrist. The moonphase is the part of the moon that we see lit up as it travels around the globe, from a full moon to a crescent moon and back again. A moonphase watch shows the current state of the moon as you would see it in the night sky.

Best Men's Moonphase Watches

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1 Orient Sun and Moon Watch Men's Moonphase Watch
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2 Men's Analog-Quartz Moonphase Watch
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3 Akribos - XXIV Akribos XXIV Men's Moonphase Watch
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4 Grovana - Black Moonphase
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Grovana Black Men's Moonphase Watch
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1. Orient Sun and Moon Watch Men's Moonphase Watch

Highlights

As the name says, this model is the third version of the Sun and Moon collection. So, you know from the start the producer worked hard to come up with a better design and mechanism, based on requests from real customers. 

As such, Version 3 is equipped with Japanese-automatic movement but also supports hand-winding and hacking capabilities. The watch shows the time (using an analog design), date, and day of the week. Of course, you also get a Sun and Moon indicator that lets you know if it’s day or night time (something like an AM/PM indicator). 

The mechanism is protected by a sapphire crystal window and the back is transparent so you can see some of the elements at work. 

Lastly, this is quite a large watch (42.5mm in diameter) that boasts a stainless steel case and an alligator style leather strap with buckle closure.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless steel

Pros

  • Eye-catching design with stainless steel case & leather strap
  • Water-resistant for up to 50m
  • The back is transparent so you can see the mechanism
  • It supports hand-winding and hacking
  • Day & date calendar and Sun/Moon indicator
  • Japan movement mechanism

Cons

  • It can run a few seconds faster
  • The strap is not the best quality

Why We Chose This

Considering the value you receive for the overall cost, this is a handsomely-crafted automatic watch for men. In addition, Orient is a trust-worthy brand from Japan that makes its movements in-house, thus delivering amazing quality and reliability in a gorgeous timepiece.

2. Men's Analog-Quartz Moonphase Watch

Highlights

Featuring a beautiful combination of black and gold tones, this interesting timepiece is part of the Bulova Modern collection. The entire collection is designed to attract the spotlight using bold geometric silhouettes and high-contrasting colors and materials. 

Now, besides the wonderful color combination, this model has two main features that will get everyone’s eye on you. First, we have the all-black dial with day/date/24-hour complications and golden hands and hour markers. The positioning of the complications and the high contrast with the dark dial is extremely interesting and attractive.

Second, we have the domed mineral glass and the stainless steel case. Together with the stainless steel bracelet, these elements make a durable and reliable timepiece that can work with a series of outfits, from casual to elegant.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel, Mineral Crystal Lens
Size:
45 mm

Pros

  • Interesting & unique design
  • Black analog dial and stainless steel case
  • Good water resistance
  • Reliable Quartz movement
  • Impressive exhibition box

Cons

  • No illuminator on the hands
  • It’s not scratch-resistant

3. Akribos XXIV Men's Moonphase Watch

Highlights

This Akribos watch is powered with a mechanical tourbillon, an engineering addition that increases accuracy. Its round face has 405 SI3 diamonds around the case.

The dial has Roman numerals, a skeleton window showing the inner workings, a dual-time subdial and a sun or moon to indicate AM or PM at the 3 o’clock position. It doesn’t follow the 29.5-day full lunar cycle, but instead uses a representation to show whether it’s day or night. That makes it a moonphase design watch and not a moonphase watch.

The gold case is accented with an off-white watch face and a genuine alligator leather band with a buckle closure.

A self-winding mechanical movement utilizes your natural movements to keep the watch running as long as you’re wearing it.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel Case and Leather Band
Size:
1.65 inches in diameter X .55 inches thick
Weight:
12.35 ounces

Pros

  • Mechanical tourbillon makes this a very accurate watch.
  • Self-winding mechanism keeps it running as long as you’re wearing it.
  • Stylish looking watch perfect for dressy occasions or the office.

Cons

  • It doesn’t display the 29.5-day full lunar cycle.
  • The watch simply uses a representation of a sun and a moon to show AM and PM.

Why We Chose This

This is a nice-looking watch that keeps accurate time, with a mechanical tourbillon feature. It also looks nice on your wrist with its alligator leather band. It doesn’t actually track and display the full moonphase cycle, however, which is important to note if you actually want a moon phase watch. It does use an attractive representation of the sun and moon in an aperture which is intended to represent AM and PM.

4. Grovana Black Men's Moonphase Watch

Highlights
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Grovana - Black Moonphase

This Swiss made watch has a very basic yet stylish design. It has a round watch face, black with silver number markings, hour, minute and second hands, and a date indicator window at 6 o’clock.

The moonphase representation is on the top half of the dial, including demarcations for 0 to 29.5 days. The moon is graphically represented in the aperture as yellow (along with stars) on a dark blue background.

It’s also water resistant to 99 feet (30 meters).

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel Case and Leather Band
Size:
1.57 inches in diameter x .31 inches thick

Pros

  • A basic yet stylish watch with black dial and black band.
  • The moonphase representation is eye-catching, covering the top half of the dial and showing days in the lunar cycle as well as a graphic depiction of the moon phase.
  • It actually tracks the lunar cycle.

Cons

  • A very basic watch with minutes, seconds, a date indicator window and the moonphase.
  • Takes some work to set it to the correct moonphase the first time.

Why We Chose This

This is a stylish looking watching with an eye-catching moon phase design on the watch face. The top half of the time dial displays the moon as it currently looks in the sky, using an aperture, as well as the days of the lunar phase from 0-29.5 A black watch face and black strap finish off the dressy look of this Swiss-made watch.

Best Women's Moonphase Watches

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1 Frederique Constant - Slimline Moonphase Frederique Constant Slimline Women's Moonphase Watch
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2 Peugeot - 14K Sun Moon Phase Peugeot 14K Sun Moon Phase Women's Watch
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1. Frederique Constant Slimline Women's Moonphase Watch

Highlights

This is a nice-looking ladies watch that has the basics: hour and minute hands. Some of the number markers are diamond chips and the rest are simply marks. The watch face is round and silver with a silver case and a blue leather strap.

The moonphase depiction is on the bottom half of the watch face, showing a silver moon and stars against a dark blue aperture background. It’s water resistant to just 100 feet (30 meters).

Specifications

Material:
Sapphire Crystal, Leather Band
Size:
1.18 inches in diameter x .31 inches thick
Weight:
0.91 ounces

Pros

  • A nice-looking watch for women, with a silver case and watch face and blue leather band.
  • The moonphase design complements the rest of the watch face nicely.
  • Has some minimal water resistance in case it gets splashed.

Cons

  • So basic that it doesn’t have a second hand or a date display.
  • The moonphase display doesn’t include the days of the phase.

Why We Chose This

This ladies watch is nice looking enough to wear to the office or out to dinner. The silver and blue looks great together, and the moonphase design is a nice complement to the watch face. In fact, the moonphase is the only feature on the watch face other than the diamond-chip number markers and the hour and minute hands.

2. Peugeot 14K Sun Moon Phase Women's Watch

Highlights

This Peugeot watch, like all Peugots, is fitted with Accurate Quartz Movement manufactured by Seiko. It has a simple and classy look, with a small case and band perfect for women. The case and mesh band are 14K gold plated and the watch face is white with gold markings.

The analog display features large numerals at the 12, 3, and 9 o’clock positions and a date calendar window above the 6 o’clock position. An opening at the top of the watch face displays the sun-moon phase with a dark blue background and gold depiction of the sun and moon. This is a decorative feature and is not a true moonphase tracker.

It’s water resistant to 33 feet (10 meters), so it can handle small splashes and a bit of rain but can’t be submerged in water.

Specifications

Material:
Metal Case, Stainless Steel Band, 14K Gold Plated
Size:
0.79 inches in diameter x 0.31 inches thick
Weight:
2.4 ounces

Pros

  • A nice design for women with a small wrist, as the diameter is less than an inch.
  • Markers at 3, 9 and 12 o’clock make it easy to tell time even with a small watch face.
  • Stylish finish with a 14K gold plating.

Cons

  • The moonphase depiction is just that - a decorative depiction. It doesn’t actually track the lunar cycle.
  • The gold plating will likely wear off with wear and use.

Why We Chose This

A stylish option for women, with a small watch face that’s still easily read with 3 large number markers. The moonphase representation is simply a decoration, however, and not an accurate depiction of the lunar cycle. The 14K gold plating finishes off the watch in style, and the Peugeot name means it has Accurate Quartz Movement manufactured by Seiko.

Moonphase Watch Buying Guide

This kind of watch provides a graphical representation on the dial, almost like you have a moon on your wrist, by using an aperture that displays what the moon looks like at any given time. It follows the 29.5-day lunar cycle and displays the current moonphase, usually in an aperture on the watchface that hides any non-luminous parts. The actual designs and visuals vary from watch to watch.

In the era of smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and computers, you may wonder: what is the purpose of a moonphase watch? 

Perhaps you have an interest in the time-tracking features of the moon, or the fact that moonphases have an impact on the cycles of animals and birds. Or you may want to follow tides, since the moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth is the main cause of the rise and fall of ocean tides. Some who are avid about fishing swear that the phase of the moon impacts whether fish are biting. 

And many watches with a moon phase also have an eye-catching design that make them desirable to wear. They’re definitely a conversation piece, making them a stylish addition to your wardrobe.

So let’s look at our top picks for a watch with moon phase capacity, starting with what you should be looking for when choosing a moon phase watch.

Type

Don’t think that every watch described as a moonphase watch is able to track the lunar cycle. Some watches that are called a watch with a moon phase actually just have a representation of a moonphase, but don’t really follow the lunar cycle. 

For some users, that’s fine, as they simply want the stylish look of a moon passing through its phases to be depicted on their watch. Sometimes the depiction of a moon and sun is used to represent AM and PM, for instance. 

But if you’re actually searching for automatic moonphase watches, be sure you pick one that truly tracks the lunar cycle and the moon display isn’t just for decoration.

Design

A moonphase watch is typically an analog watch. Beyond that, the design is a personal preference. You may like to have extra features on your watch face, like a date display window, a chronograph, and more, along with the moonphase. Or perhaps you prefer the minimalist look, with an hour and minute hand and a watch with the moon phase and that’s it.

There are also choices among leather straps or stainless straps, color of the case, and size of the watch itself. We’ll look at a few ladies watches with a moon phase, as the depiction is a conversation piece that adds style to a woman’s analog watch.

Pricing Range

An affordable moonphase watch usually offers the basics in a watch: it keeps accurate time; it has hour and minute hands, and sometimes it has a second hand and a date display window. If you want more features and functions, you may have to pay more. And you may decide to opt for an affordable moon phase watch that simply displays a moonphase as a decoration, without the ability to actually track the lunar cycle.

Now that you know what to look for in moonphase watches, let’s take a look at our top picks for a watch with moon phases.

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