Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Black Bezel Watches

One of the most popular Rolex Oyster professional sports watches of the past few years is the reference 116710BLNR GMT-Master II “Batman” – known for its distinctive blue and black “Cerachrom” ceramic bezel. This was the first Rolex steel watch to include a two-tone ceramic bezel, and since then, in 2014, it has added a blue and red “Pepsi” Cerachrom bezel as Rolex updated the overall GMT-Master II collection with various new features, including a new movement.

While the Rolex Reference 126710BLRO (red and blue bezel) GMT-Master II stole a lot of attention last year (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here), this 126710BLNR (blue and black bezel) joins it, and is essentially an updated version of the Rolex Batman.
Remember the case is water resistant to 100 meters and (of course) the sapphire crystal and the Cyclops magnifying glass window above the date window. Now let’s discuss the movement. We’ve already discussed the movement when we introduced the GMT-Master II 126710 back in 2019, but I’ll provide you with the basic details again. The movement inside the latest generation GMT-Master is the in-house 3285 automatic movement, which is the GMT version of the Rolex 32XX generation movement. This automatic movement operates at 4Hz and now has a 70-hour power reserve. It also includes Rolex’s “Superlative Chronometer” rating, which is an overlay of a third-party COSC chronometer rating and Rolex’s more rigorous internal performance tests. What I really appreciate about the Rolex “Superlative Chronometer” rating is that (unlike most other watchmakers) it comes with specific performance commitments, one of which is a daily accuracy of plus or minus two seconds.

The new 126710 generation Rolex GMT-Master II is an upgrade over the previous 116710 in a number of respects. One feature, which is not an upgrade per se, but merely a cosmetic difference, is the choice of a matching steel bracelet. For many,fake rolex this will be the biggest difference between the Rolex Batman and the “Batgirl” (a nickname I don’t think is particularly appropriate). The previous generation BLNR (the code Rolex uses to refer to the lap style) was paired with a three-link Rolex Oyster bracelet (the middle link is polished), while the new generation BLNR is paired with an all-steel Jubilee bracelet.

Watch enthusiasts sometimes argue over which bracelet is better and which is more desirable, and in my opinion, they both have their merits. Some say the Jubilee bracelet feels a little too “old”, but that’s only Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Black Bezel Watches because Rolex hasn’t used the bracelet for its sports watches lately, so it’s mostly associated with the more vintage Rolex timepieces.The Jubilee style bracelet is very comfortable, and it uses the same unfolding clasp (with “comfort extensions”) as the three-link bracelet. To me, these are just two different flavors of bracelets, but they both match the GMT-Master II.

Hulk Rolex Submariner 116610LV Green Watches

The Rolex Submariner Date Reference 116610LV, aka the “Hulk”, is the Rolex Submariner we all know and love (I guess there are always naysayers), but it has a green ceramic bezel and green dial. It’s priced higher than the more traditional “classic” Rolex Submariner 116610LN reference model with a black ceramic bezel and matching black dial, and furthermore ranks in the interesting hall of green Rolex watches that are often released as special memorabilia from the brand.
Like many of the timepieces I ended up really liking, I wasn’t immediately smitten by the green dial Rolex Submariner when it debuted in 2010. That’s hardly to say that I didn’t like it – especially since I’m pretty sure green is my favorite color – but rather that I was a bit ambivalent about it. I’m sure I was thinking that the black dial of the Submariner was so good that it would be difficult to convince consumers to buy green instead of black, or to ask them to pay for both colors. I would also like to point out that while the green “Hulk” Rolex Submariner 116610LV is not a limited edition, it’s not a model that Rolex will ever produce. Its popularity keeps it in production, but Rolex can quietly discontinue it at any time without notice or reason.

Another reason I added the green Rolex Submariner 116610LV Date to my collection was because I already had another similar modern Rolex Submariner in black. However, this is not a Submariner Date, but a Rolex Submariner “no date” reference 114060, which has a beautiful symmetrical dial. As such, I don’t have a Rolex Submariner Date in my collection, so adding the green Rolex Submariner 116610LV doesn’t feel too redundant . I say this because it’s important for collectors to consider not only the wearability versatility of any particular watch they want to add to their collection, but also the overall Rolex Submariner 116610LV Green Watches versatility of their collection, having watches for every occasion and not having too much redundancy. For example, if you have too many steel dress watches that are mostly the same, then you are bound to wear some of them and not others. This will make some watches lonely – and that’s not fair to those watches …… Right?

It’s kind of funny if you think about it, because the Rolex Submariner is one of the most copied watches in the world. Still, I’ve never worn one that felt the same as the authentic Rolex Submariner, nor did it have the same visual impact, especially with the brushed finish on the bracelet and the pristine detail on the dial.At 40mm wide, it’s the smallest sports watch I’ll ever wear.
When Rolex introduced this generation of the Rolex Submariner, with wider lugs and a “Maxi Dial” face, I finally decided to give it a serious try. Not only does the case itself have excellent refined proportions and a nice size, but the bracelet tapers off – making it more comfortable to wear and adding to the perceived quality of the case visually.
Water resistant to 300 meters (as if anyone didn’t know about the Rolex Submariner’s iconic water resistance rating), the Rolex Submariner, with its relatively heavy case and elegant look, can actually become formal when necessary, making it the perfect everyday sports watch. The black Rolex Submariner has the versatility of a black tuxedo (James Bond wore a tuxedo for sports), but what about the green one?
The great thing about the green Submariner is that it’s not as versatile in style as the black model. This means that while green doesn’t work everywhere (like with tuxedos), when it does work, it looks incredible. Furthermore, in our culture, green has a range of useful symbolic meanings, ranging from the color of nature to the color of money. So when you can interpret green to your advantage, you’ll smile when you see a unique color (for a classic watch) blended with an incredible iconic look.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 Watch and its message to other timepiece lovers.

Rolex releases at least one product every year, a high-end, albeit extremely understated, luxury watch product. I have made some edits to the way this article was originally published because I used the term “F-You Watch” without properly explaining the term to all members of The term is often used by certain watch collectors, and it is not an insult to anyone who makes or wears a watch (not at all). It’s an interesting way of explaining the psychology of when someone chooses a high-end product that all but a few people who can identify what it is won’t notice it’s a high-end product.For 2019, Rolex’s such product is the new 18k white gold, 42mm wide Ref. 226659 Yacht-Master 42, which I also like to call the ” Yacht-Master Noir”.
How could anyone consider this handsome, elegant sports watch in military-style silver and matte black with a rubber-style strap to be a nearly luxury item? As mentioned above, only other watchmakers. Aside from the F-You status of the Rolex 226659, what’s really new is the enlarged 2mm case of the Yacht-Master 42. The wide lugs actually make this watch a bit too big for my wrist, though I really appreciate the slightly enlarged overall proportions over the standard Yacht-Master 40. Rolex is actually updating the entire Yacht-Master 40 collection for 2019, in addition to launching the Yacht-Master 42. The entire collection gets the brand’s latest generation of case making and finishing, as well as a modern generation of in-house 3235 automatic calibers. Again, this includes the 40 and 42mm Yacht-Master.Think of the pure 18k white gold Yacht-Master 42 as an experiment to test the 42mm wide case sold with the Oysterflex bracelet.

F-You watches, in general, have a very special value for the wealthy watch enthusiast.F-You watches are always expensive, but they have to be made to look as if they are not that expensive. It’s not that F-You watches look cheap, but rather that they are designed to look not so expensive when viewed from a distance. The perfect F-You watch will look ordinary or unremarkable (perhaps ordinary) to the average onlooker, but to the trained eye (i.e. someone trained in watch pricing who will know what it’s worth and realize what other non-watch enthusiasts might mistake it for), they will quickly recognize that it’s expensive.


Other people who know about watches, on the other hand, will recognize that an F-You watch is not an ordinary watch, but a high-priced one. This will frustrate and even anger many people who view and recognize F-You watches. Why would they be angry? Because F-You watches are really an aggressive message to other people who also openly wear more expensive products (people who can identify you as wearing them), F-You watches are a mockery of other rich people.F-You watches say, “I have so much money to spend, I can Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 Watch even spend it on expensive things, but I don’t really add to my sense of social prestige by wearing them out of the house.”
In this respect, F-You watches are a particular flavor of conspicuous consumption, though only for a niche group of other people who are rich in nuanced watch knowledge. For those who know the F-You watch, the message is that you conspicuously spent money on a seemingly humble product …… And maybe you’re a little proud of that fact. Rolex, when it wants to, makes very effective F-You watches. Let’s take a look at their latest creations for 2019, because Rolex has a wonderful modern history of producing select products that send a very specific message to other watch lovers.

Rolex Explorer I 214270 39mm watches

I sympathize with those who got their hands on a Rolex Explorer I 214270. In addition to those who are understandably “in” simply because of its handsome looks, there are the super thoughtful Explorer I customers who do quite a bit of research before buying their first (or next) Rolex. They’ve seen the Submariner and Submariner Date, as well as the Oyster Perpetual, both of which are on par with the Explorer I in terms of price and features. I can understand those Rolex Explorer I 214270 39mm watches who end up choosing the Explorer I 214270, but I’m not sure that if I were to purchase a reasonably priced Rolex today, I would purchase this watch.

The Rolex Explorer I 214270 is, essentially, a hybrid of the Oyster Perpetual 39 and the Submariner “no date” on the case, bezel, dial, bracelet and movement. This neatly leads us back to my initial point, which is that in terms of price and features, many people think that if they choose the Explorer I they’ll end up with the best of both worlds.
It basically uses the OP’s 39mm Oyster monobloc center case, with a slightly curvier profile than the flattened trapezoidal profile of the 40mm Oyster Submariner. The Explorer I’s bezel is different on both; the OP has a domed, highly polished bezel, while the Explorer I has what Rolex calls a “smooth” bezel; it’s just as well polished, but the surface is flat instead of the OP’s convex bezel. There’s no Cerachrom anywhere on the Explorer I, which means you’re sure to get at least a few swirls on your steel bezel, but you definitely don’t have to worry about your Cerachrom bezel insert cracking. The Explorer I is water resistant to 100 meters, while the Submariner is water resistant to 300 meters. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, it’s really a game of trade-offs.

The movement inside the Rolex Explorer I 214270 is a Rolex 3132, the same as the Oyster Perpetual 39. The only major difference I found between it and the 3130 in the Submariner “no date” is that both the Explorer and OP have “high performance Paraflex shock absorbers”, while the Submariner with its professional dive watch pedigree, oddly enough, does not. In the picture below, you’ll see the Paraflex shock absorbers on the Rolex Explorer. While they all come with the same daily accuracy rating of Superb Chronometer-2/+2 seconds and 5-year international warranty as every Rolex watch today, the OP, Explorer I and Submariner all have a 48-hour power reserve, far less than what is known as . . the new generation Rolex movement with an extended power reserve of more than 70 hours.

The best 18k Rolex Day-Date 40 ‘President’ watches

The newest version of the Day-Date (also commonly referred to as the “Rolex President”) is the Rolex Day-Date 40 Reference 22823X series, which includes the 18ct Yellow Gold Reference 228238, 18ct Everose Gold Reference 228235, 18ct White Gold Reference 228239, and the Smooth Bezel 950 Platinum Reference 228206. This review is of the 18ct white gold Rolex Day-Date 40 Reference 228239BLRP, with a blue colored dial. In addition to the 18k Rolex Day-Date 40 ‘President’ watches four precious metal case materials, Rolex offers a range of striking dial color and style options, as well as versions of the Day-Date 40 with varying degrees of jewel decoration.

The movement may not be the prettiest in the world (hidden by the screw-down caseback), but it’s very well made.The 3255 operates at 4 Hz, has a three-day power reserve, and I found it to be very reliable. Complications include time with a central second hand, date and of course a weekday window that spells out the date completely. When the date changes at midnight, both calendar dials immediately jump to their new positions. If you’re looking to upgrade to a fancier luxury watch, you’ll probably get more complications and more hand-decorating on the movement – but you really won’t find better performance than the Rolex 3255 (or other 32XX series) mechanical movement.


Rolex’s Day-Date 40 (as the name suggests) measures 40mm wide and about 12mm thick. The strap is 21mm wide, slightly restrained and elegant.The Day-Date 40 is the first Rolex collection to benefit from more modern case production, resulting in better overall quality, tolerances and finishing. This is easily accessible to even the untrained watch enthusiast, and even though there may be more expensive watches out there, no one beats Rolex in terms of overall finishing and initial quality (in my opinion). The oyster-style case has a screw-down crown and caseback and is water-resistant to 100 meters. Above the dial is a flat sapphire crystal with an AR coating underneath. The metal flange around the dial is engraved with elements such as the repeating “Rolex” name on the inside, making the watch difficult to replicate. Other than Rolex, no other company needs to make so many improvements to their watches to prevent them from being easily copied by the multi-billion dollar criminal counterfeit watch trade. While I’ve seen leaps in the quality of fake watches, nothing even comes close to the real thing.

For a long time, the Rolex Day-Date and the Datejust walked side-by-side on a similar path because they appealed to a very similar crowd. You can read my long-running review of the Rolex Datejust 41 watch here.The Datejust is less expensive, is not currently produced in all precious metals, and has a slightly simpler movement. What initially made the Day-Datejust stand out from the Datejust was the inclusion of a day of the week indicator – spelling out the day entirely at the 12 o’clock hour position. My understanding is that this feature was originally designed for active business people (men) who found it useful to know not only the date, but also the current day of the week. This is especially important for those with regular tasks where they are constantly (and clearly) reminded what day of the week it is.

The new Rolex Sky-Dweller watches

Easily the biggest news in the 2014 Rolex catalogue update is the new generation of Submariner watches, in 41mm cases. But while Rolex’s iconic line of dive watches is stealing the most attention, there’s also the new Rolex Sky-Dweller, now equipped with the brand’s signature Oysterflex bracelet.

Featuring both an annual calendar complication and dual time zone display, the Sky-Dweller was positioned in the Rolex catalogue as the ultimate luxury travel watch. However, since the last solid gold model with a leather strap was discontinued a few years ago, the Oysterflex bracelet has been the only option for the collection. This limited the appeal of the Sky-Dweller among buyers who preferred to wear their watches on a strap rather than a metal bracelet; however, with the Oysterflex now an option, Rolex’s line of luxury travel watches has just broadened its appeal to a whole new group of buyers.


Released in 2012, the Sky-Dweller is Rolex’s most recent new offering. It is also the most complex piece in the brand’s contemporary collection (by a considerable margin). Inside the 42mm case, it’s stuffed with a date display, dual time zone indicator and the brand’s first ever annual calendar. Still, the first few years after the watch’s release were rather unsatisfying. In addition to being made only in solid 18-karat gold, the watch’s sales suffered because of its somewhat nondescript appearance (such as an off-center GMT disk chopping off the lower hour markers) and its correspondingly high price.

Of the first three models, the gold and white gold models had three-link oyster bracelets, while the Everose had a brown alligator strap. These models were joined by three more in 2014, which reversed the configuration of the first series, with the gold and white gold models fitted with leather straps, while the Everose model was available with an optional Oyster bracelet.

The Sky-Dweller is the first model in the Rolex Classic Collection to feature the brand’s Oysterflex bracelet, which at first glance you might describe as a rubber strap. However, nothing is that simple when it comes to the world’s top watchmakers.

This outer coating has a raised central section at the top to add good depth and texture, as well as a longitudinal cushion at the bottom that lifts the Elastomer off the skin, allowing air in and helping to keep the watch stable. In sort, the Oysterflex has the look and comfort of a rubber strap, and the durability of a metal bracelet. In addition, Rolex says that the Oysterflex bracelet fitted to the new Sky-Dweller will be equipped with the brand’s new Glidelock extension system, meaning that its length can be adjusted in 2.5mm increments for a total length of up to 15mm.

The Oysterflex bracelet made its debut in 2014, when it made its debut on the recently launched Everose Yacht-Master (40mm model 116655 and 37mm model 268655). Coupled with a new black Cerachrom bezel, it completely transformed the Rolex Sky-Dweller watches , bringing a delightfully informative and sporty avant-garde aesthetic to this somewhat traditional luxury watch.

Next up was the Daytona, which received the Oysterflex bracelet in 2014.The Oysterflex replaced the leather strap option on the solid gold Rolex Daytona, and it seems to have done the same for the Sky-Dweller. There are currently 16 different Oysterflex Daytona models in the Rolex catalog (including all dial and metal variations), and like the Sky-Dweller and Yacht-Master, the Oysterflex bracelet is only available for the solid gold models.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 watches debuts in 2014

In addition to the revamped Rolex Submariner collection, in 2020 Rolex will also launch a new 41mm wide version of the entry-level Rolex Oyster Perpetual with a larger case and a new generation movement as a reference to the 124300 series. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 makes its debut in seven exciting dial colors, including those that haven’t appeared on a Rolex dial in a long time. Rolex certainly needed the “bright pop” trend and created a conservative and really interesting version that for many would be the entry price point for a steel Rolex men’s watch.

The 124300 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 watches is based on the 114300 watch that originally debuted in 2015. Previously the largest case size of the Oyster Perpetual was 39mm wide, which now rises to 41mm wide by 2020. It should be noted that the introduction of the Oyster Perpetual 41 marks the discontinuation of the Oyster Perpetual 39 (which is no longer in production). The Oyster steel-cased watch features a polished round bezel and a simple “no date” dial display. In fact, the movement Rolex uses in the Oyster Perpetual 41 is the newer in-house 3230 automatic movement, the same one used in the new Rolex Submariner 124060 “no date” watch, also for 2020. The 4 Hz, 70-hour power reserve automatic movement is both COSC and Rolex’s in-house “Superlative Chronometer” certified, and averages an astounding 2 seconds per day of accuracy.


While everyone is saying that watch sizes are going down, Rolex is bucking the trend. It’s true that there will be new, smaller versions of the Oyster Perpetual in 2020, but this year’s new Rolex is dominated by the 41mm wide size. In the history of modern Rolex, this size has until now been primarily associated with the Rolex Datejust 41 (aBlogtoWatch review here). As a result, the new Oyster Perpetual 41 and the new 2020 Rolex Submariner both feature a 41mm wide case size.

The Oyster Perpetual 41’s fully satin-finished steel case is paired with a matching steel bracelet, which Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 watches features Rolex’s latest design and appears to have lower tolerances between parts. The bracelet does have an “easy extension” clasp, but it doesn’t have the more advanced Glidelock fine-tuning feature found on the more expensive Rolex Submariner models. The case of the Oyster Perpetual 41 is water-resistant to 100 meters. Starting in 2020, Rolex now produces the Oyster Perpetual in sizes 31, 34, 36 and 41mm wide. Many of these watches have the same dial color, so when someone is choosing a watch to buy, they should be aware.

replica Rolex Air-King Reference 5500 watches

I’ve already given you a brief history of the Rolex Air-King, but today we’re going to delve into the longest running model in Air-King history: the Air-King Reference 5500.The Reference 5500 was produced for over 30 years and is one of the longest running models in Rolex history. It was introduced in 1957 and remained an iconic Rolex model until 1989, when it was replaced by the Reference 14000.

The Reference 5500 was a continuation of the Air-King name that Rolex first introduced in the 1940s with the Reference 4925, which caught fire along with the names Air-Giant, Rolex Air-King Reference 5500 watches Air-Lion and Air-Tiger. Rolex originally introduced the Air-King as a variant of the Oyster Perpetual Calendar to honor the RAF pilots who served during World War II.

The Air-King 5500 in the standard catalog was 34mm in diameter, which was petite even by the standards of the time. The entire Air-King range (up to the modern version) is known for its simple, clean, time-only design. The standard reference 5500 dial is an elegant silver with a soft sunburst effect emanating from the center of the dial. The sharply applied indexes have small plumes at the top of the outer edge of the dial, giving the dial a more elegant feel than the large applied plumes common on other Rolex sports watches of the time. The hands look like typical baton hands, with luminescence at about halfway up, but do have a point at the end like a pencil.

People are often confused as to whether or not there is an Air-King reference model of the 1002. Not really.The 1002 is an Oyster Perpetual produced from the 1950s to the 1980s with the same case size as the 5500, but with the COSC-certified caliber 1560. Due to their identical case size, Rolex often used casebacks bearing the 1002 on the Air-King 5500 model. In earlier years of production, you might find an Air-King with “5500” printed on the inside back, but by the 1970s, they often had “1002” printed on the case back. This is not a service case back and can be perfectly correct and original.

Finally, the Reference 5500 uses an Oyster case and screw-down crown; the Rolex is rated at 50 meters deep. All of this is topped off with a domed acrylic crystal. In short, the Air-King has all the qualities you’d expect from a Rolex, without any of the extras: a screw-down Oyster case, an in-house automatic movement, and a matching Oyster bracelet.

rolex pearlmaster 39 rose gold watches

In 2013, Rolex added a new member to the Pearlmaster watch family – the Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 – which is unveiled here in a series of interesting stone-decorated varieties. This is exactly the type of watch that allows Rolex to both earn merit with certain audiences and annoy most fans of the brand who are interested in its more classic sports watches.

While the Rolex Pearl is generally considered a lady’s watch (often referred to as the “Lady-Datejust Pearl” in smaller case sizes), this new 39mm wide model does have a distinctly feminine quality to it, but I also know that it will appeal to male customers around the world. For that reason, I think wearing what is essentially a woman’s watch is good enough for men, at least for some customers. Of course, this is an interesting phenomenon, as most women’s watches are actually smaller versions of men’s watches, and the reverse is quite rare.


As far as I know, every Rolex Datejust Pearl Master watch is adorned with some sort of gemstone (at least, that I’ve seen). This series seems to have started as a more “formal” or decorated version of the Rolex Lady-Datejust. The Rolex Lady-Datejust Master Pearl collection started with a petite 29mm wide version, moved to 34mm wide, and now 39mm wide. Each model has a special bracelet that is noticeably more “jewel-like” than most other Rolex bracelets. Rolex simply refers to this five-link bracelet as the “Pearl Master”, and it moves and wears very smoothly and comfortably.


The 2015 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Pearl Master 39 watch collection bears many similarities to another new Rolex release in 2015. The Rolex Datejust Master Pearl 39 and the new Rolex Day-Date 40 (hands-on here) have one thing in common: they are the first watches to include ceramic inserts in a gold bracelet (more on that later), as well as the 3235 series movement. The Rolex Day-Date 40 includes the Rolex 3255 automatic movement instead of the 3235, but as far as I can tell, the only major difference is that the 3255 adds a day-of-the-week dial, while the 3235 has a time and date.

Inside the 3255 and 3235 automatic calibers is the new Rolex Chronergy escapement and variable inertia balance wheel. There’s also a fancy Paraflex shock absorption system to ensure greater precision over time. However, the 3235 caliber is rolex pearlmaster 39 rose gold watches not meant to add functionality, but to further refine the longevity and performance of the Rolex movement.The 3235 further boasts an operating frequency of 4Hz (28,800 bph) and a nice power reserve of around 70 hours. Rolex has mentioned that of all the movements they have produced to date, this new line of in-house movements offers the most consistent and high-precision performance. I fully expect that, over time (though it will be slow), some of these new movement technological developments will migrate to movements used in more Rolex watch lines.
Above, I mentioned the ceramic inserts in the Rolex Bejeweled bracelet. Let me explain that these inserts are not something you can see, but are hidden in the structure of the bracelet. The ceramic inserts serve to prevent the gold from “stretching”, which can sometimes slowly deform the links due to the softness of the metal. The ceramic inlays also protect the links from folding over time and wearing each other out.
Having visited Rolex and seen their production as well as product testing, this new feature feels like a very logical result of their daily durability testing. Rolex is probably the only watch brand I’m familiar with that stress tests their watches by manually simulating years of wear and tear. A robot moves around wearing the watch to simulate long periods of wear and tear. Rolex then scrutinizes the results of these tests to see where there are weaknesses and to determine how best to improve their product. I suspect that the inclusion of ceramic inserts in the links is a direct result of this testing and policy by the company.
At 39mm wide, the new, larger Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 case has lost its “lady” nickname and now feels like something a man would feel comfortable wearing. There will be many people on this article complaining that men should not be seen wearing this timepiece, and I won’t argue with them because it’s a matter of taste. These wouldn’t be my first choice for a stone Rolex watch, but the bold colors and beautiful details simply make me curious to wear them.

New Rolex Cellini Moonphase watches

Since its revival in 2000, Rolex’s Cellini lie has been relatively quiet; however, the reintroduction of an exclusive moon phase complication under the Cellini line could be a sign that Rolex is thinking more about dress-based watches. Regardless of what they have planned for the Cellini collection, Rolex’s decision to redesign one of their most popular watch designs ever is big news for members of the Rolex collection. The new Cellini is a huge hit, and the next step is learning how to use the moon phase. Check out how to use the Rolex Moon Phase watch.


This year at Baselworld 2014, Rolex unveiled their first watch with a moon phase complication in over half a century: the Rolex Cellini Moonphase, in 18k Everose gold. While it was a bit of a surprise that it came from the Cellini collection, the reappearance of the moon phase complication within a Rolex timepiece was met with considerable excitement throughout the world of luxury watchmaking.

Rolex’s new Cellini Moonphase features a white lacquered dial with pink gold hour markers. At 6 o’clock there is a rotating disc decorated with blue enamel that serves as a moon phase complication, tracking the lunar cycle. The blue enamel disc has a hollow silver ring representing the new moon, a small piece of real meteorite representing the full moon, and a full sky of stars instantly reminiscent of a vintage moon phase watch. Perhaps a Rolex watch will be the next timepiece to land on the moon.


Rolex’s new moon phase complication not only looks fantastic, but is astronomically accurate to 122 years. Rolex Cellini Moonphase watches It is said that even after all this time, it only needs one day of correction to set back the correct lunar cycle correctly. If an adjustment to the moon phase or the date is needed, both complications can be adjusted by pressing the small flat-pusher at the 8 o’clock position.
One of the most noteworthy features of both the 6062 Reference and the 8171 Reference is that the date is indicated by a fourth hand that points to a numerical scale printed on the outer track of the dial. This design element has been carried over to the new Rolex Cellini Moonphase, suggesting that Rolex may well have borrowed from their vintage moonphase minute repeater date watch for inspiration for the new Cellini.
The 3195 movement beating inside the new Cellini Moonphase is chronometer-certified and comes with a five-year warranty; however, it doesn’t have the month and day of the week display found on the Rolex Vintage Moonphase. Also, since the new Cellini is significantly more dress/formal than Rolex’s sports watch line, its 39mm rose gold case is water-resistant to just 50 meters. While it doesn’t have Rolex’s famous Oyster case, the new Cellini’s 50-meter water depth rating should be enough to withstand the occasional incidental contact.

For many vintage Rolex collectors, the Series 6062 and 8171 are some of the rarest and most coveted watches ever made. Both reference watches were produced in only a handful of vintages in the early 1950s, and both featured a triple calendar with a moon phase complication.
Today, both the Model 6062 and the Model 8171 are among the most sought-after Rolex models ever produced, and both generate a frenzy of bidding at auction. The new Rolex Cellini will be hugely popular for its aesthetics and unreal precision.