As with almost all things celestial, humanity has been associating spiritual and supernatural phenomenon with the moon and its cycles since we first walked upon this planet. For various civilizations, the moon has represented life or death, birth or resurrection. Ancient people – and even many today – believed the moon was capable of affecting our bodies, minds, and souls.
While no definitive correlation has ever been found between the moon and human behavior, it remains a topic of fascination, even for the more scientifically minded. Whether the moon actually does have an effect on humans, what we know for sure is that the moon affects the tides. The change in the tides is caused by the moon’s gravitational pull, so that, for instance, at the equator the tides are higher when the moon is either new or full. It’s a powerful reminder that natural forces are all around us.
Many people enjoy taking note of the moon as it passes through its eight phases from new to full, a cycle that takes roughly 29.5 days. Whether you’re someone who sees a spiritual link in the moon’s phases, or you simply appreciate them as a natural phenomenon, a moon phase watch is an excellent (and fashionable) way to stay attuned to the lunar cycles. These timepieces are a constant reminder that we’re all part of something much bigger than ourselves.
Best Moon Phase Watches For Men
Citizen BU0057-54E Calendar Watch
Let’s start things off with a timepiece that uses a design choice I adore, the black and gold motif. The Citizen Calendar Watch takes a more rigorous approach, though, with its robust hard-edge design with both the case and bracelet’s appearance.
It features a polished and shiny black stainless-steel case and bracelet. This all-black design is perfectly offset by the eye-catching contrast of gold accents used within the dial. The dial takes the style factor up a notch with its guilloche decorations.
As for functionality, this Citizen timepiece comes with sub-dial features and a moon phase display pointer. The hands also utilize a luminous coating within the gold-tinted borders. The Citizen Calendar Watch also comes at a snug 42 mm diameter size, which makes it suitable for both men and women.
Also, this Citizen watch uses their patented Eco-Drive quartz movement with analog display. This is a feature-rich timepiece that also astounds in the aesthetic department.
Fossil Minimalist Moon Phase Men’s Leather Watch
The Fossil Minimalist Moon Phase stays true to its name as delivers a simple yet elegant timepiece. The dreamlike aesthetic of the Fossil Minimalist Moon Phase is a sure be one of its most significant appeals. This beautiful watch blends whimsy and class which does not always go hand in hand, but Fossil managed to pull it off here.
The Minimalist Moon Phase features a 42 mm gold-toned stainless-steel case with a stunning silver-tone sunray dial. Within this fantastic timepiece is a quartz movement with analog display. The dial is where the aesthetics genuinely shine. The silver-toned dial fits perfectly with the white with gold accent markers and hands.
The moon phase window is neatly positioned alongside the 6 o’clock marker. For those who want to personalize the watch’s appearance, note that the straps are interchangeable with all 22 mm straps. The watch also has a depth rating of 5 ATM (50-meters), making it able to withstand the occasional splash of water.
Nixon Ascender Moon Phase Men’s Watch
If you are looking for a Moon Phase watch that is designed for specific water activities, the Nixon Ascender Moon Phase watch might be the one for you. With its solid stainless-steel case, visually appealing design, and excellent features, this is one particular watch that delivers in both style and substance.
The design itself takes cues from what you will commonly find in a ship’s bridge which further pushes its seafarer charm. The features provided by the Nixon Ascender includes the moon phase functionality, a dial ring calendar, and a day/month display. The beautifully crafted dial is protected using a durable mineral crystal glass window.
Of course, what’s a clock without a reliable movement to offer precision? In that regard, the Nixon Ascender hits the mark with its use of the Miyota Japanese-quartz movement with an analog display that handles the timekeeping, day/date, and moon phase functionality. Since this timepiece uses an ocean-theme marketing strategy, it is not surprising to learn that it has a solid 100-meter water resistance rating.
I would also like to highlight the exclusive edition model of the Nixon Ascender Moon Phase watch that features a Star Wars design, correctly, that on Han Solo. This is a great and more rugged-looking alternative to the seafarer variant. If you are a Star Wars fan or an aspiring nerf-herder, this version is a must-have.
Skagen Holst Moon Phase Multifunction Brown Nylon Watch
Here’s one that is trendier and more contemporary for the modern watch enthusiast. The Skagen Holst Moon Phase watch features a design that will undoubtedly appeal to the younger crowd. This timepiece is designed with functionality and comfort at the forefront, but it also nails it in the design department.
The sleek design of the Skagen Holst Moon Phase is ever-present in both the structure and its aesthetic choices. This watch features a 40 mm case with sandblasted black dial. It also uses a brown nylon strap which is quite flexible and sturdy. This is interchangeable with other 20 mm straps if you prefer to shake up the watch’s look.
Graf Zeppelin Hindenburg Swiss Quartz Moon Phase Calendar Dress Watch
The Graf Zeppelin Hindenburg Moon Phase watch takes on a more traditional and classic approach with its design. The visually striking dazzling blue color of the dial fits perfectly with the moon phase. The aesthetic comes together neatly and delivers that beautiful night sky picture.
The dial is most certainly where Graf Zeppelin took their sweet time with. The beautiful italic Arabic numeral hour markers complement the Breguet-like hands. This timepiece uses a 40 mm diameter stainless steel case with a rose gold-toned finish.
The moon phase sub-dial is located on the bottom part of the dial, just above the 6 o’clock marker. The Hindenburg Moon Phase watch uses the Ronda 706B quartz movement with its analog display. This watch is battery powered, so you will need to replace the battery down the line. Additionally, this watch is made to deliver up to 30-meters of water resistance and comes with a 2-year warranty.
Lucien Piccard Men’s Babylon Moon Phase Watch
The Lucien Piccard Babylon Moon Phase watch is one of the most refined timepieces in this list. Elegant and bombastic without being too loud, this moon phase watch aims to please with its charming aesthetic.
This moon phase timepiece comes with a hefty 46 mm ion-plated stainless-steel case with rose gold finish. It also incorporates a dial design that prominently features the guilloche style, which is always an excellent choice if you wish to push forth that elegance aesthetic.
The beating heart of the Lucien Piccard Babylon utilizes a 20-jewel automatic movement with analog display. This provides a high level of precision when it comes to timekeeping. In addition to the guilloche design of the dial, Lucien Piccard also saw fit to include a skeletonized window as well. This further enhances Babylon’s aesthetic qualities to new heights.
Orient Men’s Sun and Moon V3 Japanese Automatic Watch
The Orient Sun and Moon V3 Watch come in a variety of designs. You can choose between the black dial, blue, dial, white dial with rose gold case, and white dial with a silver-toned case. This Orient moon phase timepiece also comes with sub-dial features for the day/date display and the moon phase function.
Inside is the always reliable Japanese-quartz automatic movement with analog display. The case measure in at 42 mm in diameter and is structured to provide up to 50-meters of water resistance.
The watch also incorporates a sapphire crystal window which is quite durable and has high scratch-resistant properties. The Roman numeral hour markers perfectly complement the aesthetic that Orient was targeting with the Sun and Moon watch series – regal yet sublime.
Stührling Original Skeleton Moon Phase Dial Watch
The Stührling Original Skeleton Moon Phase watch features an ‘open-heart’ dial that gives it a truly unique appeal. The skeletal design of the dial provides wearers with a front-row seat of the inner working of this moon phase watch.
This design feature is amplified thanks to Stührling Original Skeleton Moon Phase’s use of automatic self-winding movement, which is one of the most visually arresting mechanical structure to marvel. The straps used here are made from a genuine leather band with an alligator emboss which is both durable and comfortable.
The smooth round stainless-steel case measures in at 46 mm in diameter, while the window glass is made from the highly durable Krysterna crystal material. As a bonus, the Stührling Original Skeleton Moon Phase also comes with a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer.
Seiko SRX003 Premier Kinetic Drive Moon Phase Men’s Watch
The Seiko SRX003 uses motion powered technology to charge its battery. Within the 42 mm diameter stainless-steel case is the Caliber 5D88 kinetic quartz hybrid movement with analog display. It comes with its main feature, the moon phase functionality, which is displayed on the upper part of the dial.
Alongside the moon phase feature are a day/date display and power reserve gauge. Quite a convenient feature to have to help you track how much gas is left in the SRX003’s tank. The dial is well-protected via sapphire glass window which is both scratch-resistant and uses anti-glare coating as well.
Also, of note is the construction of the SRX003, which allows it to enjoy around 100-meters of water resistance.
Citizen Signature Collection Eco-Drive Moon Phase Flyback Chronograph Watch
This is quite simply one of the most stunning “moon phase” watches that we have included in this list. The moon phase indicator uses a semi globe design with a hand that tracks the current moon phase. It looks incredibly professional, which is a massive departure from the almost quirky design of most moon phase timepieces in the market.
Also, this moon phase watch comes with 1/5 second chronograph feature and tracks up to 12-hours. The sapphire window crystal is durable and also comes with scratch-resistant and anti-glare finish. One of the best features with this Citizen moon phase watch is its inclusion of the eco-drive technology. This allows the Signature Collection Moon Phase watch to recharge using both natural and artificial light.
Longines L2.7126.96.36.199 Master Collection Men’s MoonPhase Watch
The Longines Master Collection Moon Phase Watch features a classical timepiece design infused with a moon phase functionality. The highly detailed white dial incorporates Arabic numeral index hour markers. It also comes with a chronograph in the form of three sub-dials. With a minute and seconds tracker accompanying the moon phase indicator.
The Longines Master Collection utilizes the Valioux calibre 7751 automatic movements with analog display. This watch movement provides the timepiece with an additional 64-hour power reserve on a single full charge. The watch also comes equipped with the sapphire crystal material. This material offers the Longines Master Collection with a durable and scratch-resistant dial window.
Baume & Mercier Clifton Full Calendar Moon Phase Swiss Watch
The Baume & Mercier Clifton is a magnificent timepiece that simply radiates with confidence with every aspect of its design. Its use of highly polished stainless-steel case and bracelet gives it an almost otherworldly sheen to it, almost like the T-1000.
The dial continues this design with its sun-brushed silver appearance. The Clifton’s dial is highly detailed and features excellent levels of craftsmanship from the rhodium-plated Arabic numeral markers and dauphine hands. It also comes with chronograph features that include the moon phase indicator, a full calendar functionality, and a 24-hour tracker.
The handsomely crafted case measures in at 43 mm in diameters and uses a sapphire crystal window which is well-documented to be durable and resistant to scratches. It also features Swiss automatic calibre BM135751 movement that can deliver up to 48-hours of power reserve and a water resistance rating of up to 50-meters.
Omega Speedmaster Moon Phase Co-Axial Master Chronograph
The Omega Speedmaster Moon Phase watch utilizes some of the most excellent watchmaking methods, and it shows. The ceramic bezel gives the Speedmaster that luxury appeal while the bold use of blue hue in its design helps contain the timepiece with a more contemporary yet grounded charm.
Omega watches are synonymous with the word premium-grade, and the Speedmaster’s use of 18K yellow gold and ceramic materials further enforces this notion. Within the Speedmaster is the highly-rated 9904 and 9905 Swiss-automatic movement with analog display. The watch also throws in a chronograph feature for good measure.
This also provides the moon phase indicator with top-notch precision and will only need to be re-adjusted once every decade. The hands and index hour markers are also coated with Super-LumiNova finish for that added luminosity in the dark.
Zenith Chronomaster Open Grande Date Moon Phase Men’s Automatic Watch
Elegant and stately, the Zenith Chronomaster Moon Phase watch combines the stunning qualities of the ‘open-heart’ design within a traditional aesthetic. The Chronomaster manages to find the right balance between the old and new aesthetic approaches quite masterfully.
Besides the skeletal dial, its most prominent design is the polished stainless-steel case and brown leather strap. You can’t go wrong with this combination if you are looking for a timepiece that can pass being rugged, formal, and casual all at once.
In terms of the functional element of the Chronomaster, it features, you guessed it, chronograph functionality. The watch also has a unidirectional rotating bezel that and a stunning silver-toned dial. When it comes to the mechanism within, the Chronomaster incorporates the El Primero 4047 automatic movement with analog display.
The 45 mm diameter stainless steel case also features the industry-standard sapphire crystal glass for the dial window. This material is not only durable but is also highly resistant to scratches as well.
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Moon Phase Automatic Men’s Watch
The Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Moon Phase watch is one of the most robust timepieces in this list. Its titanium 42 mm case has an almost tank-like vibe to it. Within the robust case is a visually striking dial that utilizes the ‘open-heart’ design.
The full-view of the complex machinations within gives this already visually appealing timepiece added layers of personality. Speaking of its inner workings, the Aerofusion comes with the Hublot calibre HUB1131 automatic movement. This watch movement technology also provides the timepiece with a superb 42-hour power reserve.
The Hublot Aerofusion also adds two sub-dials into the mix, the moon phase indicator and a date/month display. The Hublot Aerofusion is one of the more stylish moon phase watches on this list. It did away with the traditional aesthetics and opted to go for a more modern approach with an added twist of its own.