The Observatory

£ 175

This watch has now been discontinued.

A unique watch for men and women

The Observatory displays the time based on the position of the sun or moon around the earth.

The time is read off the scale on the upper half of the face.

The position of the sun indicates the hours from 6am until 6pm, while the moon represents the hours from 6pm through to 6am.

The golden comet indicates the minutes as it orbits the earth.

Each colour you can see in the design was mixed by hand and printed on to the watch individually, before it was assembled by hand in our London workshop.

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.

An English made Sun and Moon watch dating from 1695 made by John Trubshaw.

Size: medium / unisex

Strap: 18mm 100% real leather - black with blue stitching (other options available here)

Mechanism: quartz - Ronda 513

Waterproof: yes! 5ATM (however leather will wear out faster if exposed to water)

Guarantee: 12 months - any problems after this time, we’re happy to help

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

Glass: mineral

Case: 316L stainless steel - Black PVD coated

Live demo


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Shipping guide for watches:

UK 

- FREE next working day delivery with DPD

UNITED STATES

- FREE Fedex shipping, 1-2 working days

EUROPE 

- FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days

REST OF THE WORLD

- FREE Fedex shipping, usually 2-4 working days 

Clocks, straps, bags (unless purchased with a watch):
- Free Shipping with Royal Mail usually 2-7 working days

You will see a more accurate estimated shipping time when you input your address at the checkout.

We aim to dispatch all orders placed before 2pm (GMT), on the same day working day. Where this isn't possible, we will try to inform you via email as soon as possible.

When your order is dispatched you will be emailed the tracking details.

Please note, during busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare) but if so then we will inform you.

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