What Is A Moonphase Watch and How It Works

Reeling on the web in search of magnificent timepieces with exquisite details and ultimate glamor? 

Then you should consider Moonphase Watches as they’re gracefully crafted with high-end haute design and mind-blowing aesthetics. 

And also, they’re no less functional than the usual wristwatches, further presents the graphical illustration of the phases of the Moon, the only beauty that never fades. 

Nowadays moonphase watches are more for fashion lust rather than practical needs in life. 

Of course, some of us need to know the phases of moon for practical uses like the fishermen or the sailors. 

They tend to use such complications to keep track of the phases of the moon, as it’s directly associated with the rising and lowering of the tides. 

But for most of us, it’s just a fascination and sometimes superfluous to some of us though the magnetic appeal of such watches can never be ignored. 

Actually, moon is dominating most of our childhood memories in poem or in the story, it’s just the time to attribute our focus on moon. 

Maybe you went for heart-pounding adventures at the night of New Moon or having had romance at the night of the Full Moon. 

Those things would be quite easy if you have a moonphase watch to fix the date for adventures or dating your loved ones. 

Moreover, the watch brands take this moonphase complication as to showcase their prowess in high-end craftsmanship displaying watchmaking excellence. 

That’s enough of chitchat, let’s get into actions and know the elegance and timeless aesthetics of moonphase complications yourself. 


Take a short trip to gain some wisdom about moonphase watches. 

What Is A Moonphase Watch 

So are you wondering what on the earth is Moonphase Watch?  

Well. By definition, the watch with moonphase complication that tracks the sequential changes of the lighted portion of the moon (it’s called lunar cycle) over almost a month is called the Moonphase watch. 

When the moon travels around the earth, some of the areas of the moon reflects light towards the earth.  

And we see the only lighted portion of the moon. 

As the moon continues to travel at its angular rotation and angular position, the lighted portion seen from the earth changes over time, taking crescent shape to gibbous shape, full moon to new moon. 

A lunar cycle takes almost 29.5 days to complete and the cycle consists of one night of the full moon and one night of the new moon. 

Moonphase watches are basically two types- the most known is “Bosom” moonphase watch as it presents a graphical illustration of the moonphases in watch. 

The other type is known as the “radial” moonphase watch as it uses indicator hands to track the lunar cycle. 

Okay, don’t get bored. You need the wisdom if you want to make full use of your moonphase watch. 

How Does A Moonphase Watch Work

The moonphase aperture has a disk underneath with two graphical moons illustrated on it. 

And there’s a 59-teeth wheel that drives the movement of this disc. 

The more the number of the disc, the better the accuracy. 

A lunar cycle takes almost 29.5 days to be completed and the gears advance the disc once per day so that a full moon or a new moon can appear exactly after (29.5 x 2) or 59 days. 

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