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Considering A Moonphase - Your favorites?

  1. dougwhiz

    dougwhiz Dec 21, 2019

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    I've always wanted a moonphase watch, and I like both the Meister Singer Lunascope and the new Christopher Ward Moonglow. However, I think their 40mm cases are just a little large for me, and I'd like to find an affordable vintage one.
    Let's see your favorites!

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  2. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Dec 21, 2019

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  3. Walrus

    Walrus Dec 21, 2019

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    I gotta say that CW moonphase looks beautiful but I’ve read so many damn complaints about them on their forum, people linked them here, I’m very hesitant to try any of their watches. I’m with you though, no moonphase yet. 40mm might not be too bad sometimes it’s the lug to lug that gets me. I’m sure now that you asked you are going to see some amazing pieces as I’ve seen a number here that blow me away.
     
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  4. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Dec 21, 2019

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    Look at JLC. Best moon phases in the biz IMO and they are relatively affordable second hand. Plus you get the heritage and technology of one of the oldest and most respected houses.
     
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  5. Evitzee

    Evitzee Dec 21, 2019

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    Blancpain more or less resurrected the moonphase watch in the early 80's, good value as used watches and service available through Swatch Group. Even new ones can be had at good discount. Worth a look.
     
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  6. jsducote

    jsducote Dec 23, 2019

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    Considerably more expensive, but classics, IMHO.
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  7. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Dec 23, 2019

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    Don’t forget the MC Ultra Thin Moons by JLC also.
     
  8. Cozmopak

    Cozmopak Dec 23, 2019

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    Interesting. I was about to start a thread on the same topic. I’m not actively looking for another moonphase, but I probably will be soon. I currently own an Omega cosmic moonphase from 1950, and love it, although that watch is a minefield of redials.

    My interest has been piqued by the Audemars Piguet Quantieme, caliber 2120, especially the salmon dial. These are certainly not cheap, but they seem to be relatively affordable in comparison to other perpetual calendars made by the “big three.”

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  9. Dan S

    Dan S Dec 23, 2019

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    Movado made some really nice TDM pieces IMO, although I've never owned one. Here is a photo of one that was sold by Matthew Bain. This particular reference is only 34mm, but some of them are slightly larger.

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  10. Evitzee

    Evitzee Dec 23, 2019

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    That salmon colored dial is very rare, no more than a handful would have been made. Not sure if the case is WG or platinum. I have an extensive catalogue of AP perpetual calendars and that one does not show up. In general AP made very few of them in white metal.

    The first generation AP's made from 1978 to 1993 are stellar values....they are readily available as they made about 7,300 of them during that period. You can get one for less than $10k, add in a service and you have a great perpetual calendar that will run circles around any of the new stuff at 4x the price, and they are thin, less than 8mm.
     
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  11. Cozmopak

    Cozmopak Dec 23, 2019

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    Thank you for that information. I wasn’t aware of the rarity of the salmon dial.

    The gold case and white dial is spectacular as well.
     
  12. pongster

    pongster Dec 24, 2019

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    This
     
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  13. pongster

    pongster Dec 24, 2019

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    and this
     
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  14. base615

    base615 Dec 24, 2019

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    I'm a big fan of the GO Panomaticlunar. I actually prefer the look of it to the ALS.

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    Not the smallest watch around at 40mm and reasonably thick, but it sits nicely on the wrist even for my weedy arms.
     
  15. jsducote

    jsducote Dec 24, 2019

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    Well shit, if we're going to fantasize, let's do it right...
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    The Jacob & Co Astronomia Tourbillon.

    Unfortunately, 50mm is just too big for my wrist.
     
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  16. Dr. Green

    Dr. Green Dec 24, 2019

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  17. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Dec 24, 2019

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    Then there are Sarpaneva watches which are way fun.
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  18. connieseamaster

    connieseamaster Dec 24, 2019

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    I prefer the Christopher Ward Malvern moonphase. I also suggest looking at the Ball moonphases.
     
  19. Rumar89

    Rumar89 Dec 28, 2019

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    These: Zenith Port Royal Triple Date Moonphase in Ti

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  20. OMEGuy

    OMEGuy Dec 28, 2019

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    I've recently been looking at this one, which is for sale at visionvintagewatches, a RODANIA 4516H from the 1950s.

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