6 best moonphase watches under £10,000

Trying to find an affordable moonphase watch within your budget? Discover the best moonphase watches under 10000 that the luxury watch market has to offer.

A moonphase watch is instantly recognisable as it has a curved aperture on its dial that artistically portrays the current phase of the moon as seen in the night sky. Man has been enchanted by the moon. Since earliest times, man has relied on the moon and the constellations to indicate the passing days, months and seasons so that he could predict the ebb and the flow of tides and could adjust crop planting and growing.

The moonphase complication soon became popular as many were enthralled to wear such a wristwatch as it made them feel closer to nature. The classic moonphase watch features a gold moon with star-filled dark blue sky, but in recent years more colourful and artistic designs have appeared. The watches graphically depict the four main phases of the moon; the new moon, the first quarter (when only the right side of the moon is lit), the full moon and the last quarter (when only the left side of moon can be seen). The complete lunar cycle takes 29.5 days to complete. Today, the moonphase complication remains as popular as ever and is highly sought after as it is so visually pleasing.

So, what is the best moonphase watches under £10,000?

The moonphase aperture is featured on many of the most prestigious wristwatch brands, that also happen to come with a really large price tag. However, a moonphase complication is quite an agile design that is highly sought after which has made many brands merge the design into their popular range’s.  Finding a  great moonphase aperture in a fantastic watch hasn’t been easier – If you know what to look for. Check out what we came up with when looking for the best moonphase watches under 10000.

Omega Speedmaster Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph | Wristwatches360

Omega Speedmaster Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph

Probably one of the most relevant watches to possess the moonphase complication is the Omega Speedmaster, for its range is known as the watch that was worn by buzz aldrin, and has also been used on all six lunar missions. Now even though the moonphase collection wasn’t specifically worn on the moon, the Speedmaster heritage is strongly intertwined with Nasa’s mission to reach the moon, that it makes it one of the best watches to feature this beautiful complication.

This watch is just so breathtaking to look at, with its moonphase aperture featuring at the 6 o’clock position on the dial.

Since Omega is so passionate and proud of their history with the moon they did not want to be like just every other watch with a moonphase complication, they wanted to take it a step further. So, they have actually designed their complication to feature a photo-realistic visual effect of the moon, making it feel as if you staring up to the moon when you look at your wristwatch.

Omega has been a luxury brand of watches since the company was founded by Louis Brandt in 1848 and today omega has become a world-renowned brand.

This watch is crafted in stainless steel, with a soft black leather strap. The dial measures 44.25 mm and has a stylish blue sun-brushed dial with a Rhodium plated index. The dial is divided into white minutes, with larger five-minute intervals, that are complemented by the white hour, minute, and second hands. There is date indication by hand, plus 12- hour and 60-minute recorders.

The dial is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that is anti-reflective. The smart stainless steel case is accentuated by the blue ceramic bezel ring which has a Liquidmetal ™ Tachymetre scale. This exquisite timepiece is powered by the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer 9904, which has been praised for its efficiency and precision and is officially certified by METAS (The Federal Institute of Metrology).

Technical specifications
Movement
Swiss (Automatic) 
Material
Stainless Steel
Calibre
Omega 9904 (In-house)
Crystal
Sapphire
Power Reserve
60 hours
Case Diameter
44.25mm

Price
£8,710.00
or $10,600 USD

Drive de Cartier Moonphase | Wristwatches360

Drive de Cartier Moonphase

Handsome and elegantly styled, this watch is a classic masterpiece by Cartier.

The Cartier brand is one that has survived many centuries perfecting their timepiece craftmanship in France, Pairs since 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier. So it probably comes at no surprise that Cartier has made the list of best moonphase watches, with their Drive de Cartier moonphase model.

The Drive de Cartier moonphase watch has been crafted with a 41 mm polished stainless steel case, with a silvered guilloché dial showing dark accentuated roman numerals with the moonphase complication neatly sitting above the 6 o’clock marker.

The moonphase aperture been designed to blend in beautifully with the aesthetic of the watch. The aperture does not over complicate the amalgamation of sophistication and simplicity of the watch but yet accentuates it. This is achieved by designing a classical styled golden painted moon sitting above a blue starlit sky, which matches the vibrant blue of the hour and minute hands. All being protected by a robust and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass.

The Drive de Cartier Moonphase not only maintains the iconic appearance of a Cartier watch but also enhances the sense of sophistication and class that the brand projects.

 

Technical specifications
Movement
Swiss (Automatic) 
Material
Stainless Steel
Calibre
1904-LU MC (In-house)
Crystal
Sapphire
Power Reserve
48 hours
Case Diameter
41mm

Price
£7,450.00

Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Ultra Thin | Wristwatches360

Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Ultra-Thin Moonphase

The Master Collection is well known for its rounded forms and refined details that give each watch such quality.

Jaeger-LaCoultre is a Swiss company, well-known for the beautiful clocks and watches that it manufactures. It was founded in Le Sentier, Switzerland in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre. Amongst the company’s achievements was its record for manufacturing the world’s smallest movement. The Master Ultra-Thin Moon is the company’s latest accolade.

With its ultra-thin 39 mm stainless steel case and black sunray brushed dial, this watch has a refined style with well-defined silver five-minute intervals and smaller one-minute ones and elegant hour, minute and second hands. The classic moonphase aperture with its golden moon and large stars, against a midnight blue sky, is encircled by the days of the month. This watch has an automatic movement and is beautifully complemented by a black alligator strap.

Technical specifications
Movement
Swiss (Automatic) 
Material
Stainless Steel
Calibre
925/1 (In-house)
Crystal
Sapphire
Power Reserve
38 hours
Case Diameter
39mm

Price
£8,600.00
or $9,850 USD

IWC Portofino Automatic Moonphase | Wristwatches360

IWC Portofino Automatic Moonphase

The Swiss watchmakers International Watch Company Schaffhausen (IWC Schaffhausen) can be found in the town of the same name. The company was begun in 1868 by American watchmaker Florentine Aristo Jones and soon gained a reputation for its luxury watches. Although the company’s Portugieser  collection has become one of their most iconic models, the Portofino collection possesses all the great qualities of the Portugieser.

In 1984, IWC presented a new collection of watches named ‘Portofino’ after the beautiful Italian coastal village that became a luxury holiday destination for the rich and famous. The Portofino Automatic Moonphase is one of the watches in this prestigious collection and is important as it is the first time that a moonphase watch with a dial measuring 40.00mm, has been made by the company.

This traditionally styled timepiece is very elegant with a stainless-steel case. The dial is silver plated with gold hands, with Roman numerals at the six and 12 o’clock positions. The five-minute intervals are clearly marked with smaller one-minute intervals around the edge. The face is protected by convex sapphire glass that is anti-reflective. The moonphase aperture is at the 12 o’clock position and is classically designed with a golden moon with a star-spangled dark blue sky behind. This watch is automatic self-winding and is presented on an attractive hand-painted brown alligator strap.

Technical specifications

 

Movement
Swiss (Automatic) 
Material
Stainless Steel
Calibre
35800 (In-house)
Crystal
Sapphire
Power Reserve
42 hours
Case Diameter
40mm

Price
£5,990.00
or $6,900 USD

Glashutte Original Panomaticlunar | Wristwatches360

Glashütte Panomatic Lunar

If you are looking for a wow factor that will standout in an social occassion, then the Glashutte Panomatic lunar watch is a good choice. This innovatively styled watch that is eye-catching both because of the unnique display of the watch, and the variety of vibrant colour variations for the watch.

Glashütte is a German watchmaker, who for the last 175 years, has combined art with the highest standards of workmanship – with breathtaking results.

Their Panomatic Lunar Watch has a satin-brushed stainless-steel case with a protective sapphire crystal glass. The 40 mm dial is in green and black with a dégradé effect with appliqués. There are two dials that are off-centre to the left; the larger one at the top, is for the hours and minutes and the smaller lower one, is for seconds.

On the right-hand side of the dial at the 2 o’clock position is the moonphase aperture depicting a silver moon and stars against a white background. Below this, there is a small rectangular window with black numerals on a white background, that displays the date. All the markings on the dials and the hands are silver in colour.

The watch has an automatic movement and is on an alligator nubuck strap that is mid-brown in colour.

Technical specifications
Movement
Swiss (Automatic) 
Material
Stainless Steel
Calibre
90-02 (In-house)
Crystal
Sapphire
Power Reserve
42 hours
Case Diameter
40mm

Price
£8,600.00

Chronoswiss Sirius Chronograph Moonphase | Wristwatches360

Chronoswiss Watch Sirius Moonphase

Ideal for those who like plenty of functions on their watch and can appreciate the clever blend of classic elements with contemporary styling, this watch has been an excellent addition to the prestigious Sirius collection from the relatively new luxury watchmaker, Chronoswiss.

Founded in 1983 by the German master watchmaker, Gerd- Rüdiger Lang, Chronoswiss has already gained a reputation for placing the emphasis on fine detail. The result is this refined watch that has been cleverly designed to reveal a moonphase complication in a tricomplax chronograph wristwatch.

The Sirius Moonphase watch has a stainless-steel case of 41mm in diameter. Due to the complication of not just a chronograph mechanism but also a moonphase, makes the watch standout a little taller on the wrist at 15mm.

Although the sizing of the watch has a more bulky feel to it, the design has been made to compliment this. By ehnacing the natural size of the crown of the watch, paired with the more complex watch face.

The eye-catching dial has blue guilloche decoration and around the edge is an analogue date indicator, with a small red marker. There are large clear white numbers sitting between each subdial with 4 delicately designed hour, minute, second and date hands.

The moonphase aperture is positioned at the 3 o’clock position, decorated with a contemporary style depiction of the moon. It is shown using classic colours of a golden moon with a smiling ‘man in the moon’ against a dark blue background.

There are three other dials on the dial: a chronograph 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, with running seconds at 9 o’clock and a 12-hour chronograph at the 6 o’clock position.

Yes this watch may not be practical or well fitted for every occasion, but the pure internal complexity of the movement that the watch possesses, makes the watch an amazing feat in watch craftsmanship.

The Sirius Moonphase goes far beyond the impression of style and focuses on mechanical capability.

 

Technical specifications
Movement
Swiss (Automatic) 
Material
Stainless Steel
Calibre
C.755 (In-house)
Crystal
Sapphire
Power Reserve
46 hours
Case Diameter
41mm

Price
£7,100.00

There are so many great luxury watches to choose from that have the moonphase watch. Each watch has its own quirks which make any one of them a great choice. To find the right moonphase complication, you need to focus on its internal mechanism, visual impact and its image. 

Personally, two watches that stand out to me, both used for different occasions; casual and formal. These are the omega Speedmaster – for using a hyper-realistic image of the moon, and the Glashütte Panomatic Lunar – a unique eye-catching dial design.

 

Max Laird | Wristwatches360

Written by Max Laird

Founder of Wristwatches360 & keen watch enthusiast.