Sun and Moon
A modern revival of a very old watch design. Forget what you already know about timekeeping, this watch is more interesting.
How to read the time
The crescent shape on the watch represents 12 hours, with the time running from left to right.
To find the hour, you’ll need to check the position of the sun or moon inside the crescent shape.
At 6am the sun rises on the left. It reaches the middle of the crescent at midday, then continues until it reaches the last marker on the right at 6pm. After 6pm the moon rises on the left while the sun sets. The position of the moon then marks the hours from 6pm until 6am.
The minute hand is in the middle of the watch face, and this runs in a conventional way. Each marker represents five minutes.
A variety of animals populate the day and night sides of the watch, roughly mapped to the times of day when they would naturally appear.
Sun and Moon watches were first produced in Britain in the late 1600s, during a period of experimentation with ways to show the time.
Crispin Jones explains his inspiration for the design:
"I am interested in the history of horology and I'm particularly drawn to examples of watches that pre-date the concentric hour and minute hands.
We take for granted this standardised representation of the time, but there was a period when different schemes competed for supremacy.
One of these alternatives dates to the 17th century and was called the Sun and Moon watch.
I thought this was a beautifully elegant way of showing the time. It gave a context to the passing hours, which on a most fundamental level, relate to the cycle of the sun and moon and the sky. We released our first Sun and Moon watch in 2012 and since then have produced a number of variations on this theme."
An English made Sun and Moon watch dating from 1695 made by John Trubshaw.
Size: medium / unisex
Strap: 18mm leather - black with ecru stitching
Glass: sapphire (hard-wearing)
Mechanism: quartz - Ronda 515-24H
Waterproof: yes! 5ATM
Guarantee: 12 months - any problems after, we’re happy to help
Width (3 o’clock to 9 o’clock): 37mm
Height (from lug to lug): 46mm
Case: 316L stainless steel - brushed silver
Largest strap diameter: 205mm - contact us if you need a larger size
Smallest strap diameter: 150mm - contact us if you need extra holes added to the strap
We aim to dispatch all watch orders within 2-3 working days, where this isn't possible, we will try to inform you via email.
When your order is dispatched your tracking details will be updated.
Please allow extra processing time for watches with a customised engraving or strap, during busy sales periods this can sometimes take an extra 5-10 working days.
If you are in a hurry for your watch, please email us.
Shipping guide for watches:
UK: FREE DPD shipping, 1-2 working days
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days
The EU: FREE DHL Express shipping, 1-3 working days
Shipping guide for straps (unless purchased with a watch):
Free Royal Mail 1st Class / International tracked shipping, 2-14 working days depending on location. You can see a more accurate timescale when you input your address at the checkout.
Shipping guide for t-shirts:
All t-shirts on our website are now printed and shipped by an external supplier inside the UK. This means that if you place an order for both a watch and a t-shirt, they will be shipped separately.
Our supplier uses a Royal Mail tracked service for all shipments and this usually takes a little longer than our watches. You can see an estimated timescale when you input your address at the checkout.
Please note, during busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare). These delivery times are a guide based on the carriers terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch.