The Rolex Cellini Date Hands-On
August 5, 2016
Rolex introduced the redesigned Cellini dress watch collection at Baselworld 2014. This year, they followed up by adding one new variation for each of the three styles of Cellini; the 3-hander, date, and dual time models – respectively.
This article focuses on just one, the Cellini Date, which now comes in a blue guilloche dial version. However, while the Cellini Date was is available in a black or silver guilloche dial, in either white or rose gold, the new blue dial is available exclusively in white gold.
Measuring 39 mm in diameter, the case features a polished finish with a double bezel that is domed and fluted. The crown is flared and fluted to match the bezel.
The look of the bezel and crown carries all the way to the “Rayon flammé de la gloire” guilloche pattern on the dial, which bursts from the center of all the way to the flange. The date sub-dial also features the same pattern.
Polished white gold Lance-shaped hands sit atop the guilloche-work of the dial, along with a baton-shaped white gold seconds hand. The hours are marked by polished white gold applied indexes (except at 3 o’clock which has no marker and 12 o’clock which features a white gold Rolex crown). The chapter ring is printed with white minute/second markings, and the sub-dial is printed with the date.
A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial. And a solid screwed, domed caseback protects the movement side. The screw down crown features the Rolex emblem. Water-resistance is 50 meters.
This is a dress watch, and so there is no lume, like on the professional Oyster models, as this is a dress watch. That doesn’t mean the movement is not up to Rolex’s high standards, though. In fact, the movement is a Superlative Chronometer that runs at an impressive rate of -2/+2 after casing (COSC + Rolex certification).
Rolex’s automatic caliber 3165 has 31 jewels, beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), and powers time and date functions. The power reserve is 48-hours.
Its bidirectional automatic winding rotor winds the mainspring faster than a traditional unidirectional winding rotor because it winds in both directions. Rolex’s proprietary antimagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring helps to ensure a highly accurate rate by reducing magnetic forces the would otherwise affect the rate adversely.
A blue alligator strap with a polished white gold buckle completes this elegant Rolex dress watch. (Ref. 50519) $17,800