The History of Rolex Cellini


The Rolex Cellini collection is a celeRolex_Cellinibration of elegance and nobility. As stated by Rolex “The lines are sober and refined, the materials noble, the finishing luxurious; every detail respects the codes of the art of watchmaking.”

If you are a fan of Rolex, like me, than you have seen these stunning watches and done a double take. They are remarkable in person and usually attract a more sophisticated wearer than other Rolex models.

What most people don’t know is that this collection was inspired by the legendary Benvenuto Cellini. Cellini, was a goldsmith, sculptor and painter a favorite of the Popes during the Italian Renaissance. His larger-than-life spirit helped him become a legend in days and an inspiration for artists for years to come.


Who is Benvenuto Cellini

Benvenuto Cellini was born in 1500 in Florence, Italy. At the age of 15 Cellini began his apprenticeship as a goldsmith. Cellini’s career and impulsive spirit leaded him to work in Rome, where he became the favorite goldsmith to Pope Clement VII and Pope Paul III.

In Florence, Cellini, devoted himself to creating custom gold medals. These medals can be found in museums all over Europe, with the most popular being the “Hercules and the Nemean Lion” and “Atlas Supporting the Sphere”. An accomplished goldsmith, Cellini, was also a talented sculptor whose famous statue
Perseus with the Head of Medusa” is one of Florence’s most praised possessions.



The designers at Rolex were not the only people inspired by this legendary artist. Mark Twain references Cellini in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Salvador Dali, was also known to have centered many of his sketches around stories from his autobiography which was published in 1728.


The Rolex Cellini Collection

To truly understand the scale and style of this collection, you have to see these in person. If you are interested in selling your Cellini, or viewing our collection, schedule an appointment with me today.

Not sure if your Rolex is a Cellini, have a quick look at the reference chart below to be sure:[/vc_column_text][dt_gap height=”40″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]4016-8 – Gts 18K White Gold, Square
4027-8 – Gts 18k Rectangle
4084-8 – Gts 18k Square
4105-8 – Gts 18k Rectangle
4112-8 – Gts 18k Round4129-8 – Lds 18k Sport, 19 Jewels, strap, 1970s
4313-8 – Lds 18k Queen Midas, 18k Bracelet
4314-8 – Lds Queen Midas, stone dial, 18k Bracelet
4316-8 – Gts King Midas stone dial/18k Bracelet
4315-8 Gts 18k King Midas, tight band[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]4151-8 – 18k yellow dial, left-side crown
5072 – 18k, strap, ca 1990
5112-8 – Gts 18k Anniversary dial, strap
6621-8 – Lds 18k Mid-Size Rounds
6622-8 – Gts 18k, strap
6623-8 – Gts 18k with 18k bracelet
6631-8 – Gts 18k Mid-size square
6623-9 – Gts 18k White, with strap
414318 – Cellini XL Danaos w/deployment
4223/8 or 9 – Gts Danaos 18k yellow or white gold strap
5115-8 – Gts Classic 18k yellow gold strap
5240-6 – Gts Cellinium 35mm plat strap
5443-9 – Gts 18 white gold strap[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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