A moon phase complication is one of the most interesting features a watch can have. As the name suggests, a Patek Philippe Moon Phase Replica Watch has a complication that keeps track of the moon’s phases. With just a glance, you can tell if the moon is full, half, quarter, or new.While moon phase watches are easy to read, they’re incredibly complex inside. It takes some carefully crafted machinery to represent lunar cycles, which are approximately 29.5 days long.
In most cases, there are not one but two moons that are displayed on a disc with 59 teeth that advance once per day. The 59 teeth divided by the 2 moons give us 29.5 days per lunar cycle.This means that the Cheap Patek Philippe Replica moons switch from month to month but still represent the correct phase of the moon, which is revealed through an aperture. Most often, the aperture shows the current phase by hiding portions of the moon being displayed, as this is much easier than having separate illustrations for each phase.
Because the complication can’t accurately track an exact lunar cycle (which lasts an average of 29.53059 days), most moon phase watches are actually off by about 0.3 days each month. This means that the mechanism will go out of sync after about two and a half years, requiring a readjustment.
Some moon phase Patek Philippe Replica Watches feature more accurate gears with 135 teeth that ensure accuracy for 122 years. However, most moon phase watches (especially non-luxury ones) use the simpler 59-tooth gear.The earliest example of a mechanical moon phase complication is the Antikythera, a hand-driven model of the solar system (it’s also often claimed to be the oldest known example of an analog computer). This ancient Greek device could track and predict several astronomical phenomena, including the phases of the moon.
Setting a moon phase watch may seem daunting, and while it’s not too complicated, it’s also not as easy as setting the time.For some watches, this can be a long process, but the good news is that you only have to do it about every two and a half years. It’s a reasonable sacrifice for such an intricate mechanism.The exact process may differ depending on your Patek Philippe Replica, but here’s a short general overview of how it’s usually done.
The first step in setting a moon phase watch is to check the current phase of the moon, which can be done simply by entering “moon phase” into your favorite search engine, or by looking outside.The second step is to set the hands at 6:30 to avoid damaging the mechanism and to ensure that the watch switches days at midnight and not noon.
Next, press the Luxury Fake Patek Philippe Watches corrector button (usually located on the side of the case) to advance the moon phase display until it’s correct.For example, if you know the moon was full three days ago, you can set the display to a full moon and then advance the mechanism three times.