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In the spotlight: Cellini 4243

Paul Altieri

The Cellini 4243 isn’t your everyday watch; and it’s certainly not your everyday Rolex. This incredible timepiece is meant to accompany you to black tie events, cocktail parties and date night. The smooth, curvy case against a leather strap provides the inherently classy, elevated aesthetic you need to tie your look together.

The Cellini itself is an important piece of the Rolex collection, marrying the holongeries high standards for timekeeping while encapsulating the heritage of watchmaking itself.  Still not intrigued by this little-heard-of Rolex? Well, maybe the fact that president Barack Obama wears a Cellini will get you excited. Although, the 50509 he sported for his presidential portrait has a much more versatile, daytime feel than this elegant, white gold 4233 we’re looking at today. Let’s take a closer look at this watch, shall we?

The Rolex Cellini Danaos 4243
The Rolex Cellini Danaos 4243

The face

What’s beautiful about this watch is the pure simplicity and elegance of it, and that starts with the silver face. Reflecting light and mimicking the cool, curvaceous feel of the case, the face is polished and clean. The luminous baton index hour markers outlined in white gold reach out to the center, curved, rectangular minute-markers hugging the inner bezel.

But what your eye follows around the face are the tapered sweeping hands, swinging past the cursive Cellini inscribed above 6-o’clock and the boxy Rolex logo at the top. Of course, the face is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

The case

At first glance the case seems circular, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize it’s almost squared-off with rounded edges — the round face adding to the illusion. Clocking in at 38mm, the case of the Cellini 4243 is designed to sit perfectly on the wrist, large enough to catch your attention but not petite. Then there are the lugs which are small and flat, the crown not sticking far off the side either, further adding to the simplicity and pure wearability of this watch.

The 1602 movement inside a Rolex Cellini
The 1602 movement inside a Rolex Cellini 4243

The movement

Housed inside the case is a manual winding movement, the Caliber 1602 which boasts 20 jewels, a 46-hour power reserve and beats at 21,600bph. Described as Rolex’s contemporary celebration of classicism, it’s fitting to pair this contemporary heritage  timepiece with a traditional manual movement. Dying to get your hands on a Cellini? Shop the Rolex Cellini’s in the Bob’s vault now.

Paul Altieri