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The NoteWorthy Series: Rolex Cellini Review

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Our focus next is on the Rolex Cellini, a classically inspired watch that sometimes goes unnoticed by aficionados and serious collectors. In recent years, however, it has made a comeback and deserves a closer review.

Rolex Cellini History

Although the Rolex Cellini has never been the top seller in the Rolex line-up, it has always garnered the admiration of those who appreciate the subtle magnificence and sober classicism of its refined and elegant lines. The Cellini Collection is worlds away from the sportier models offered by Rolex. It is a watch created for those who choose the “path less traveled” and for whom less is more. It was named in honor of Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), the celebrated Florentine sculptor, musician and goldsmith from the Renaissance period. With its aesthetics corresponding to what is known as the “Golden Section,” a principle equivalent to the Divine Proportion which expresses in mathematics a design that is particularly pleasing to the eye, the Cellini manages to interpret the past in perfect harmony with the present.

Rolex Cellini Review

The Rolex Cellini Prince was introduced in 1928 and was the first Rolex manufactured in quantity to earn chronometric certification. With a beautiful, slightly avant-garde rectangular shape and transparent case back, the Prince comes in a choice of different precious metals and dials, so is versatile enough to be worn in any casual or dressy setting. It is available in five versions in 18 carat yellow, white or Everose gold, featuring either a champagne dial decorated with a “clou de Paris” guilloché motif; a silver-colored dial with a “godron circulaire”; a diamond-paved dial with a silver color “godron circulaire” motif; a black and silver dial with a double “rayon flammé de la gloire” or a black and pink dial with a “rayon flammé de la gloire.”

Rolex Cellini Time

Like an elegant gentleman about town, the Cellini Time does not shout out its presence. Those in the know appreciate its sophistication. It comes in four versions, either with a white or black dial, with a 39 mm case, in 18 carat white or Everose gold. A new Cellini time was introduced at Baselworld this year with a double ring bezel manufactured in a single piece consisting of a fine fluted outer ring and an inner ring set with 96 diamonds. It’s an elegant and sparkling upgrade to a classic. The appliqued hour markers are divided by a minute track that has been moved towards the center of the dial, closer to the tips of the hands.

Rolex Cellini Date

The Cellini Date adds a date function on a small subdial and is also available with a black or silver dial featuring a “rayon flammé de la gloire” motif in a choice of 18 carat white or Everose gold.

Rolex Cellini Dual Time

The Rolex Cellini Dual can show two time zones simultaneously and has a graceful sun and moon day/night indicator in an aperture on the sub-dial which shows the second time zone. The Cellini Dual time is offered in the same choices as the Cellini Date.

Other older models include the Danaos, the Cestello and the Cellissimo ladies’ watch. Cellini models are made with both quartz and mechanical movements with model and serial numbers engraved on the case back.

Rolex Cellini Prices

Rolex Cellini prices range from around $7,000 for a pre-owned model and up to more than
$20,000.

Popular Rolex Cellini Model Reference Numbers:

Ref. 1343 , 971, 1527, 3362, 3937, 4112, 4113, 4223, 4233, 4243, 5115, 5116, 5241, 5330, 6110, 6229, 6311, 6321, 6621 , 6623, 6628, 6673, 6691 , 6692, 6693.

Rolex Cellini NoteWorthy Facts:

  • Considered the formal “tuxedo” dress watch in the Rolex line
  • Cellini watches are not waterproof and are hand wound
  • They have no rotatable bezels
  • Cellini ladies’ watches area powered by quartz movements

Rolex Cellini NoteWorthy Owners

  • The Rolex Cellini has numerous associations with celebrities in worlds of opera, music and art
  • Venezuelan sensation Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the LA Philharmonic is a Cellini owner and spokesperson.

If you are looking to expand your collection and buy a Rolex watch, it is important that you know how to spot a fake Rolex, and make sure that you buy a genuine certified watch.

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