Watch enthusiasts often love to have at least one complication in their collections. This broad category includes a variety of individual functions, the most common of them likely being date windows and chronographs. One that often flies under the radar, but has a cult following in the watch world, is the moon phase complication. Not only do they usually have a cool aesthetic, but the engineering that goes into creating them is incredibly impressive. If you’re interested in this type of watch, going with one of the 8 picks below is a smart bet.
1: Frederique Constant FC-270SW4P6
This Frederique Constant watch is an absolute bargain, and you get a brand with an excellent reputation backing it up.
The design is very dressy and elegant, while also not being too minimalistic or boring. I especially like the color scheme of the piece, with a white dial and black leather strap. In addition to its moon phase complication, you also get a day date function, and you get it in an aesthetically pleasing way. The only thing that you might not like is that this watch is battery-powered, meaning its craftsmanship is not on the level of many other options on this list.
2: Seiko SRX015P1
This Seiko watch is incredibly unique due to the nature of its movement.
On the one hand, it is a quartz watch. On the other, it can be powered up by winding and other forms of kinetic energy. This hybrid machinery is very uncommon, and one that you might fall in love with. On the outside, this timepiece is absolutely gorgeous and is worth taking a long, hard look at. Though it is one of Seiko’s most expensive options, it might be the right one for you.
3: Orient Star RK-AM0001S
This is another somewhat expensive product from a brand who generally sells in the affordable range.
Just like the Seiko, this Orient Star dial is quite crowded, but it does have an elegant and luxurious vibe to it. Another benefit is the small hole in the face that shows off a bit of its automatic movement. Despite these complications, this watch still manages to look and feel like a dress piece, which is precisely what many of you are looking for.
4: Longines Master L27394713
This Longines Master watch might be my favorite of the bunch, and there are two primary reasons why.
The first is just how complicated the dial is. It has 24-hour clock, day of the week, day of the month, and moon phase features all packed into a 44mm case. That’s something I have never seen before from any other product. The second reason is how artful and uncrowded the dial looks, despite how much information is on it. If you want a piece with a truly original design and concept, this is an excellent choice.
5: Omega Speedmaster Moon Phase
Most watch collectors know that the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most iconic timepieces of all time.
What many don’t know is that it comes in a moon phase version. Luckily, Omega managed to add this complication without overcrowding the dial or changing the overall essence of this piece. Instead, it is as gorgeous as the Speedmaster is supposed to be, but with an added feature that serves a particular population of horology enthusiasts.
6: Jaeger LeCoultre Q1558420
Now, we enter the domain of Swiss masterpieces.
The first is this moon phase dress watch from Jaeger LeCoultre. What instantly catches my eye is the silver dial, hands, and numbers. Designers often choose contrast over sameness, but the geniuses behind this watch managed to buck that trend and come out with a fantastic product. You also get your moon phase complication plus the month, day, and date.
7: A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Moon Phase
A Lange & Sohne are masters of luxury, and this moon phase watch is no exception.
They craft it from white gold and alligator skin leather, but elect to keep the dial as simple as possible. The truth is that the craftsmanship of this piece speaks for itself, and A. Lange & Sohne didn’t need to make any statements with its appearance. If you have the cash, don’t hesitate in purchasing this gorgeous timepiece.
8: Patek Philippe Nautilus
Lastly, we have one of the more sought-after watches in the world right now.
The standard Nautilus does not come with a moon phase, but luckily for us, they do have a version with this complication. As expected, Patek Philippe manages to add this feature without crowding the dial or taking away from the mastery that is the Nautilus.
One thing to note that is that the first few watches on this list don’t track the moon phase mechanically. Instead, they use a quartz feature. While many of you will be okay with that, others will want all the bells and whistles. Either way, taking a hard look at the 8 timepieces on this list is a great place to start for those of you who want to invest in a moon phase watch.