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Rolex Cellini Moonphase Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

August 1, 2017

This year at Baselworld, Rolex introduced a new model within the Cellini collection, the Cellini Moonphase.

The watch is presented in a 39 mm polished 18K Everose gold case and features what Rolex refers to as a double bezel, that’s domed and fluted.

Rose gold applied indexes, and a printed minutes/seconds scale, along with lance-shaped rose gold hour and minute hands, and a rose gold baton shaped central seconds hand, indicate the time. A blue centrally mounted hand, with an aptly shaped crescent moon tip, points to the date around the printed out chapter ring.

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A blue enameled disc at 6 o’clock, which has a unique meteorite applique, indicates the current moonphase, via a, rose gold arrow at 12 o’clock on the lunar subdial.

Each day, the moonphase disc follows the lunar cycle, as shown on Rolex’s website.

“As each night goes by, the moonphase disc follows the lunar cycle: when the meteorite applique is aligned with the moonphase indicator, the moon will be full in the night to come. Rotating clockwise, the disc shows the waning phases until the silver ring reaches the top, indicating the new moon. Thereupon the lunar cycle continues through the waxing phases until the moon is full again.”

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This new timepiece is powered by caliber 3195, an all-new automatic movement manufactured in-house and adjusted to −2/+2 seconds per day after casing (making it a Rolex Superlative Chronometer). The moonphase indicator module is patented by Rolex and accurate for 122 years.

One of the unique features is the moonphase disc which is crafted from meteorites, known as “siderites,” that are hundreds of millions of years old, according to Rolex. The metallic interweaving, known as “Windmanstatten” patterns, is revealed during the nitric acid and ethanol etching before the disc is applied to the blue enameled lunar disc.

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A solid 18K rose gold, push in crown – that controls all of the watch’s functions – has a ridged edge, is emblazoned with the Rolex crown, as is the dial at 12 o’clock. Water-resistance is 50 meters. a brown tobacco colored alligator leather strap with a folding Crownclasp in Everose gold completes the elegant aesthetic of this non-professional Rolex watch model. (Ref. 50535) The retail price is $26,750.

Learn more at Rolex.

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