The Cellini is a Rolex model that’s often overlooked, even by avid Rolex enthusiasts. Rolex has made a name for itself as a producer of sport and tool watches, so the Cellini—dubbed the Rolex “Tuxedo Watch”—is a bit of a departure from the brand’s other models. Instead of being loaded with bells and whistles, the Cellini is sleek and sophisticated and considered the quintessential dress watch.
In 1928, the Cellini made its debut with the Prince model. It features a rectangular case, which reflects the avant-garde style of the roaring twenties, and it was known for its chronometric precision. In fact, the Cellini is one of the first wristwatches produced in a large quantity to be awarded chronometric certification. The original Cellini Prince remained in production for nearly two decades, well into the late 1940’s. Following the Prince, Rolex released several other variations of the Cellini, including the Cellini Classic, the Cellini Danaos, the Cellini Cestello, and the Cellini Quartz.
While other Rolex models have their roots in sporting, military, or scientific fields, the Cellini is an artist’s watch. Its name was inspired by Benvenuto Cellini, a prominent sculptor, goldsmith, and adventurer during the Italian Renaissance, and its design has always reflected an artistic aesthetic. The original Cellini models are housed in a modest, 32mm slim case with a style that focuses on simplicity and clarity. The watches display the time—not the date and typically not even the seconds—further evidence that the design of the Cellini places an emphasis on fashion over function.
Although some Cellini models have gone out of production, Rolex has released several new variations in the twenty-first century, and the Cellini has made a resurgence. The newer additions are housed in a slightly larger 39mm case—some are round while others are made in the iconic rectangular shape. The newer models have also been updated with more options for functions, like the date or moon phase.
While the new generation of Cellini watches have some key updates that have helped to bring the classic model up to date, the model still maintains the refinement of its original version. The best part about the Cellini is its understated charm. Its no-frills design allows it to transcend trends, making it a timeless option that will never go out of style.
Video: Rolex History
Brush up on your Rolex history with the stories behind your favorite brand.
Interested in learning more about Crown & Caliber's luxurious pre-owned watches? View our YouTube channel here.
Selling Your Rolex Cellini Watches
Crown & Caliber makes selling a Rolex Cellini watch easy and rewarding. Let us assist you in the selling process and help you receive the highest possible value for your Rolex Cellini. Get your Rolex Cellini quote