I can’t remember the last time Rolex displayed the date via a turntable rather than a disc in the window. In fact, Rolex used the original Datejust to invent the concept of a date calendar window watch. If you prefer formal attire and know that the date is still useful to you, the Rolex Cellini Date is a very enticing product. The date dial further helps to add personality to what was originally just a three-cheapest Rolex Cellini Date 50519 handed face. The additional information takes the dial deeper into the “horological zone”, making it suitable for those who wish to purchase a Rolex Cellini Date, not just as their only timepiece, but as a complement to a variety of fine watches.
Rolex’s new 39mm wide Cellini case combines elements of its more classic watch collection with the universally popular Oyster case. At a water resistance depth of 50 meters, the Cellini is no oyster, but it’s still thinner. It does, however, come with the very slim look of the Oyster with slotted bezel, which adds a touch of Rolex DNA to the collection.
At 39mm wide, I found the Cellini case to blend elegant and modern proportions in a satisfying way, neither too big nor too small. Unlike the wider lugs on most Oyster Professional watches like the Submariner, the lugs on the Cellini case gradually taper to a smaller fit on the wrist. It feels like just a few years ago, when almost all Rolex watches were worn entirely on metal bracelets. Now, with products like the Rolex Cellini, we’re coming to realize that there’s a growing need to add the Rolex wearing experience to the bracelet.
That being said, I can’t help but wonder what the bracelet designed for the new Cellini line will look like. However, the bracelet is beautiful, with the Rolex signature (and crown) stamped on it, and is made of alligator leather, in black or brown.