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Author Topic: Can someone tell me what this is called?  (Read 1546 times)
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« on: October 04, 2009, 12:51:01 pm »

Hello everyone, would anyone here happen to know what this is called?

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I've been looking for a wristwatch that has this feature, but it's hard to search for when you don't know what it's called, unfortunately Sad

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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2009, 12:57:11 pm »

It's simply referred to as a day-night and/or moonphase dial, depending on how many functions it serves; there is a technical name for it, but it escapes me.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2009, 04:51:24 pm »

Patek and other high end makers have used the term 'complicated watches', though I've seen that nomenclature used incorrectly too.  markf
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2009, 11:43:19 am »

Could anyone point me towards somewhere where I could get a watch with one of those dials, at an affordable price? The only ones I've been able to find have been absurdly costly. My grandfather has one, and he'd never spend so much money on a watch, but he has no idea where he got it from unfortuantely Sad
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2009, 01:40:31 am »

The ones that actually show the phase of the Moon accurately will run to serious money, as this is a movement complication that runs on a cycle of just over 29 days. This is the real "moonphase" complication.

You will also find watches with a rather pointless complication showing the "Sun and Moon" in a 24 hour cycle. These cost rather less, but honestly, if you can't tell teatime from four a.m. without it . . . .

Finally, some cheap watches are made with dummy "Sun and Moons" just for decoration. These don't cost much, but I can't imagine why anyone would want one, as it is a mechanical complication that doesn't actually indicate anything.

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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009, 08:25:42 pm »

Thanks for the info, Darkhound. The one I'm looking for in particular is the 2nd one you mentioned, the "Sun and Moon" complication. I simply like the decorative feeling it gives. Any idea where I could get one, or what search terms I would use to find such a timepiece?
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009, 10:21:10 pm »

If you look up "Philip Persio Sun Moon Display", you should be able to find one for about 20 pounds. Modern quarz movement, of course, but they do run, look decent, and fit quite modest budgets.

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