While the Cellini name has been a part of the Rolex catalog since the sixties, in 2014, the brand revamped the entire collection. Rather than the eclectic mix of designs that once made up the Cellini range, today’s Cellini collection houses a handful of different watch models that follow one fundamental design language. As Rolex’s quintessential dress watch collection that adheres to traditionally elegant watchmaking codes, current Cellini watches have 39mm gold cases, decorative bezels, flared and fluted winding crowns, classically designed dials, and leather bands. If you aren’t as familiar with this somewhat overlooked collection of dressy luxury watches, read our guide to popular Rolex Cellini models.
The simplest of the models, the aptly named Cellini Time is the time-only version with a trio of hour, minute, and seconds hands at the center of the dial. Rolex offers the Cellini Time with either a white gold or Everose (Rolex’s proprietary rose gold alloy) case, both topped with the Cellini’s signature double bezel composed of both fluted and smooth parts. Available with either a black or white lacquered dial, the long hour markers are bisected by a minute track, which is yet another characteristic design detail of all contemporary Cellini watches. There are also some Cellini Time models with diamond-set bezels and dials.
Similar to all modern Rolex watches, the Cellini Time runs on an automatic movement and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects its dial. The Cellini Time is fitted with a choice of either a brown leather strap or black leather strap, all equipped with a gold buckle that matches the case material.
Rolex Cellini Time
Next in line is the Cellini Date, furnished with a circular date display at 3 o’clock. Sporting an identical 39mm case with the double bezel as the Cellini Time, Rolex also offers the Cellini Date in either white gold or Everose gold.
However, rather than a lacquered dial, the face of the Cellini Date is more ornate with a traditional guilloché pattern radiating from the center outwards.What’s more, along with the classic black or white dial colors available across both the white and Everose gold Cellini Date models, there’s also the option of a vibrant blue guilloché dial with the white gold version. You can even match the blue dial with a blue leather strap if you fancy; otherwise, there are black or brown leather bands too.
Rolex Cellini Date
For those who like dressy timepieces that can indicate two time zones, there’s the Rolex Cellini Dual Time model. Yet again, the Cellini Dual Time sports the familiar 39mm white or Everose gold case, complete with the flared crown, double bezel, and sapphire crystal. The guilloché dial—offered in black, white, or brown—is home to the similar split indexes and inner minute track but at 6 o’clock sits a second time zone indicator.
Since the second time zone indicator is a 12-hour scale, Rolex furnished it with a day/night indicator denoted by a sun for A.M. and moon for P.M. All case materials and dials colors within the Cellini Dual Time lineup comes with the option of a black or brown leather strap.
Rolex Cellini Dual Time
The latest model to join the family and one of the most popular Cellini models to date is the Cellini Moonphase, debuted in 2017. This time, Rolex opted to offer the Cellini Moonphase in one version only. The watch features a 39mm Everose gold case, a white lacquered dial, and a brown leather strap. In addition to the traditional hour, minute, and seconds hand in Everose gold, there’s also a blue crescent moon-tipped hand that serves to point to the date display that runs along the dial periphery.
However, the star of the show is the moonphase display at 6 o’clock with a blue enameled disc showing a full moon in meteorite appliqué and a new moon with a silver ring. On top of the moonphase display, which is astronomically accurate for 122 years, is an Everose gold arrow that points to the specific phase of the moon as it rotates through the lunar cycle. This is the first watch Rolex has made with a moonphase display since the 1950s, which explains the popularity of this particular Cellini model.
Rolex Cellini Moonphase
Crystal: Sapphire crystal
While it’s no secret that Rolex Cellini models are often overshadowed by the immensely popular Rolex Oyster Perpetual range that’s home to such icons as the Submariner, Datejust, GMT-Master, Daytona, and others, for watch enthusiasts who appreciate classically designed dress watches, the current Cellini collection has plenty to offer. From the complex Cellini Moonphase to the simpler Cellini Date, these luxurious gold Rolex timepieces are undeniably elegant and well worth another look.
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