The Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535 – When the Crown Goes Classic

By rolex
April 7, 2021
7 min read

Usually, when you envision a watch bearing the name Rolex , it is something reason assembled, easygoing lively (not consistently, and the ‘dressiest’ in the assortment is a Day-Date ) and straightforward as far as complications (with the special case of the Sky-Dweller … yet it is one watch among principally time-and-date pieces). In 2014, Rolex restored a name inseparable from rich dress watches: Cellini . Constructed with  a classic round case , this watch has just presented a few complications , with every one of them being somewhat useful. In any case, imagine a scenario in which The Crown goes where you don’t expect it to go… into astronomical complications. Not very Rolex you’ll most likely say, anyway that’s precisely what it did with the new Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535 and it looks great! 

The new Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535 demonstrates hours, minutes, seconds, the moon stage and the date by methods for a date pointer hand. The moon-phase indication on a wrist watch is, let’s be straightforward, sort of pointless. When was the last time you checked the period of the moon? This complication is likely best marked ‘poetical’. The idea of Rolex has been for a long time, to offer one watch for one reason – Submariner for jumpers, Explorer for swashbucklers, GMT-Master for voyagers, Daytona for race drivers (at least, that’s how Rolex watches are advertised). While this remains constant for the Oyster assortment, Rolex’s catalogue likewise comprises another range of watches, totally different from the Osyters and, honestly, the perfect base to investigate various domains, including valuable and uncommon materials, explicit craftsmanships or other kind of complications. It’s in this setting that the Cellini Moonphase comes to life.

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Before Rolex began making the watches that we know today, they had a few watches with a moon-stage sign – a couple specifically, and just those trivial few, are uncommon and sought-after today by gatherers. There are really two models that we can think about, that perhaps affected the plan of the new Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535 regarding style yet additionally as far as show. These two are symbols and sale stars: the Rolex 6062 “Stelline” and the Rolex 8171 “Padellone”. The first was made just for a time of three years in the mid 1950s. The subsequent one, which includes a more liberal 38mm case (versus 36mm), was likewise made during the mid 1950s for an extremely brief period. Both had the same presentation: two windows for the day of the week and the month, and all the more curiously for now, the date on the fringe and the periods of the moon in a topsy turvy dial at 6 o’clock… much the same as the new Cellini Moonphase.

Usually, The Crown is not so sharp on doing vintage-situated pieces, anyway with this Rolex Cellini Moonphase, we can’t help yet be reminded of the references 8171 and the 6062. Obviously, this is not a straightforward “recreation” of an old model, yet the motivation is somewhat clear, and incredibly traditional in the execution. We realized that the new, round Cellini was the field for such customary complications, a piece removed from Rolex propensities, and this new moon variant doesn’t negate. We even begun to dream about triple-schedule, yearly schedule or even ceaseless schedule forms – which formally never existed at Rolex, yet at the same time did informally . This Cellini Moonphase is unique, not very Rolex from the outset but still feels like Rolex, when seen with historical eyes. What’s more, truly, it feels good to see something definitely not quite the same as the typical Sub/GMT/Datejust.

Let’s talk about the presentation, first. The new Rolex Cellini Moonphase plays with extremely exemplary, adjusted and exquisite subjects, with a showcase that reviews watches from the 1950s (not just from Rolex, as these sorts of watches were profoundly fruitful around then): the moon-stage at 6, the date demonstrated by a stretched focal hand and a date track on the actual outskirts of the dial… however without the standard day and month windows at 12. This shortfall of schedule sign doesn’t eliminate anything to the magnificence of such a presentation, entirely reasonable with regards to a dress watch: adjusted, exquisite, tactful and neat. Furthermore, in light of the fact that we’re discussing Rolex, obviously every sign is totally unmistakable from the others (minute track, hour records and date track are all around situated and very much isolated). And afterward, there’s the moon at 6.

Contrary to most watches, the Rolex Cellini Moonphase utilizes a showcase that contrasts marginally from the group. Ordinarily, moonphase signs are semi-roundabout windows which show an inclined toward full sign of the moon (or none at new moon), with a circles that turns on 59 teeth (2 x 29.5 days). Here, there’s no semi-roundabout window except for a full plate, with both the full and the new moon, implying that the circle turns once every 29.5 days (possibly a touch more exact as far as change). The age of the moon is highlighted by a three-sided gold marker just beneath the hub of the hands. Amending the age of the moon is done through a recessed pusher at 8, with a devoted device (we would have favored an adjustment by the crown…)

In terms of materials and execution, this moon circle is totally great – and something in reality exceptionally new for Rolex, which isn’t so used to uncommon materials and fine craftsmanship. In reality, the blue tone is acquired by a plating interaction (not painted or lacquered), with the stars and new moon in a gilt shading. The moon is made from a shooting star plate, with multiple details. The entire showcase is truly wonderful and fulfilling as far as quality and tender loving care. This moon is orbited by a twofold gold ring, again adding some profundity to the dial.

As for the dial, the Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535 utilizations the simple white lacquered adaptation. While on the time-just form, this white lacquered plate could appear to be very severe and plain, and different renditions with “rayons flammés de la gloire” guilloche pattern seriously engaging, Rolex made the right decision here to keep it perfect and basic. The applied lists and hands coordinate the 18k Everose gold case (the solitary alternative accessible for the occasion), with the special case of the blued date hand. The case stays indistinguishable from the past renditions, with a 39mm, a somewhat “bubble back” style and a finely fluted bezel. It is worn on a earthy colored tie, with interestingly, a collapsing fasten named “Crownclasp“.

Inside we locate the “Superlative Chronometer” type 3195, got from different developments utilized in the Cellini assortment, which means – 2/+2 seconds out of each day exactness, long term guarantee, programmed winding, against attractive Parachrom twisting, 4Hz recurrence and 48 hours of force hold – this development utilizes the type 3130 of the Oyster Perpetual 36 as its base for example, with included complications top. So to say, a workhorse that won’t ever give up.

Overall, with this new Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535, we are introduced with an rich, exceptionally adjusted and (nothing unexpected) very first rate watch. The expansion of a particularly pointless yet customary complication makes the way for some potential developments for the Cellini collection… Who knows, we can dream of a QP or a triple schedule soon. This watch will be accessible in September 2017 and priced at EUR 24,550. Rolex.com .


Technical Specifications – Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535

  • Case: 39mm breadth – 18k Everose gold, cleaned, fluted bezel – sapphire gem on the dial side, plain caseback – 50m water resistant
  • Movement: Caliber 3195, in-house, Chronometer ensured – programmed with never-ending rotor – 4Hz recurrence – 48h force hold – hours, minutes, seconds, date and age of the moon
  • Strap: earthy colored croc with collapsing clasp
  • Reference: 50535
  • Availability: September 2017
  • Price: EUR 24,550 – USD 26,750 – CHF 25,550