In almost every respect, Rolex is the most successful and the most technically advanced watch company in the world, but for many lovers of complications and classical watchmaking Rolex leaves something to be desired.
That said, in the last half decade Rolex has (at a typical Rolex pace) been releasing watches that break the brand’s decades-long pattern of focusing on top quality in purely functional tool watches – examples being the introduction of the Sky-Dweller and the 2014 re-introduction of the Rolex Cellini line fake watches – by introducing a bit of pizzazz.
Having not made a moon phase watch since the 1950s (seriously), this new model stands poised to usher in a new age of classic complications at Rolex and a modern return to classical watchmaking excellence (in addition to being the most advanced watch company in the world).
The Rolex Cellini Moonphase copy watches shows that Rolex hasn’t forgotten its past (like some companies), but also that it isn’t abusing the memory (like others). The Cellini Moonphase might be one of the best modern interpretations of a brand’s historic timepieces that I have seen in a while (and coming from me, that’s saying something).
The new Rolex Cellini Moonphase is the first moon phase watch from Rolex in more than 60 years, and while it is not a reissue of the famous triple date with moon phase, it pays homage to the past while being something entirely new for Rolex.
The Cellini Moonphase features a date ring on the exterior of the dial, just like the historic 6062 and 8171 references, but instead of the arrow pointer it features a blued crescent moon, a tie-in to the main complication that is now the star of the show.