Timekeeping was born out of man’s desire to make sense of the movement of the sun, the moon and the constellations. When the early horologists graduated from the sundial to gears and hands, one of the important events they tracked was the lunar cycle. This is because although the sun’s arc dictates days and seasons, observing the moon was the first method of telling the passing of months. From new moon to full moon and back again is 29 and a half days, providing a regular cycle that has been the life cycle for any number of things over the centuries, from pagan celebrations to paychecks.
A moon phase watch shows the current phase of the moon as you see it in the sky. As our orbiting pet rock passes across the sky, so too does its miniature version in the watch travel around, displayed in an aperture on the dial. This type of high quality copy watch is perhaps the most elemental in its graphical representation of the passage of time, as opposed to the more precise and sterile hands and numbers that other complications use. It is a more whimsical and artistic complication, one that is fun to own, linking us with our sky-watching ancestors and a lineage of watchmakers and artisans all at once.
A “moon phase” is the lighted area of the moon that is visible as it travels around the earth. The movement of the Earth and the moon’s position relative to us means that we are constantly seeing a different view. While astronomers have several names for the appearance of the moon throughout its cycle — “waxing gibbous” to “waning crescent” and others in between — there are really only four phases you need to know:
A “new moon” occurs when the moon and sun are in alignment on the same side of the Earth and thus there is no moon visible to us. As the moon travels through its monthly orbit, more of its surface becomes illuminated by the sun — known poetically as “waxing”. The second phase, known as the “first quarter”, is when the right-hand side of the moon is in the sun’s light. Next comes the “full moon” when the entire surface is lit up. Then it moves to the “last quarter” when the left-hand side is visible — waning — until it finally goes back to a new moon again.
Cheap Fake Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph
The blue leather strap fake Omega Speedmaster Professional was the first watch worn on the moon, so it’s fitting that Omega fitted a version of its iconic chronograph with a moon phase complication. The brilliant blue dial is matched to a moon disc, and the date function is integrated into the 9 o’clock seconds sub dial. These differences don’t diminish the watch’s legendary utility; it’s powered by a METAS-certified Master Chronometer automatic movement and is 44.25mm in width. We think NASA would still approve.