Sun and Moon Ladies
A modern revival of a very old watch design.
This is the small version of one of our most popular watches: Sun and Moon.
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 the 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.
The history of the Sun and Moon watch
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.
Sun and Moon ladies details
Size: small / ladies
Strap: 12mm silver stainless steel (other options available here)
Mechanism: quartz - Ronda 515-24H
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
Width (3 o’clock to 9 o’clock): 31mm
Height (from lug to lug): 40mm
Case: 316L stainless steel - brushed silver
Did you know we ship worldwide?
You have two shipping options when ordering from Mr Jones Watches:
- Standard tracked and signed for (free) which takes about 5-7 working days.
- Fedex shipping ($20) which takes about 1-3 working days.
You can choose the shipping option you prefer at the checkout.
When your order has been dispatched you will be emailed the tracking details.
Please note, Mr Jones Watches is based in the United Kingdom and although it is very rare, sometimes there may be slight shipping delays as items pass through customs in the US. We do our best to avoid this, but if you have any concerns about how long your order is taking to get to you, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FREE Fedex shipping, 1-2 working days
Clocks, bands, bags (unless purchased with a watch):
- Free Shipping: Royal Mail/USPS usually 5-7 working days
We aim to dispatch all orders placed before 2 pm (GMT), on the same day working day. Where this isn't possible, we will try to inform you via email as soon as possible.
All shipping options for watches are trackable and fully insured.
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). These delivery times are a guide based on the Fedex and Royal Mail terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch.