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.