Rolex Cellini Moonphase Introduced at Baselworld 2017

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Perhaps the most interesting model introduction from Rolex at Baselworld 2017, the Cellini Moonphase harkens back to the mid-twentieth century. Its unique date display is rivaled only by the material used for the full moon appliqué on its moonphase indicator at 6 o'clock. While the new watches from the Oyster collection adhere to the watchmaker's contemporary sporty aesthetic, this Cellini model is in a class of its own. 

2017 Rolex Cellini Moonphase (photo: Rolex)
The Everose gold case (case ref. 50535) of this Cellini model measures 39mm in diameter with a double bezel that is both fluted and domed. Another characteristic that sets it apart from Oyster models is its flared screw-down winding crown. The white enameled dial features Everose gold hands and hour markers, with the moonphase display in blue lacquer. The date is displayed around the circumference of the dial with a blue date hand to indicate the day of the month.

Close Up of Moonphase Indicator on 2017 Rolex Cellini Moonphase (photo: Rolex)
A 3195 self-winding mechanical movement powers this elegant timepiece with a reserve of approximately 48 hours. It is equipped with a brown alligator leather strap and 18 ct Everose gold Crownclasp. The most interesting material innovation on this model, however, is the rhodium-plated meteorite used for the full moon on the moonphase display.

Iron Meteorite Used for Moon Appliqué (photo: Rolex) 
Impossible to reproduce on earth, the Widmanstätten pattern of the meteorites used create a unique etching on each timepiece. The iron meteorites used are millions of years old and also go by the name siderite. The photo above shows a piece of siderite in its natural state before becoming part of the moonphase display.

For more information on the 2017 Cellini Moonphase (Reference # 50535) visit To check out all of the watches introduced by Rolex at Baselworld 2017, click here.


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