For sale we have a classy and underappreciated 18k Gold Rolex dress watch from the mid 1970s. The Cellini range is little known in some circles, being overshadowed by Rolex’s Stainless sports models. However, we don’t think it should be this way or will remain like this.
In honour of Cellini, the outstanding artist of the 16th century, Rolex created a range of dress watches bearing his name. Each Cellini model is finely crafted in 18k gold, whilst maintaining the famous accuracy and reliability of the Rolex brand.
This particular reference is the 4105. The 18ct gold case is rectangular and has a beautifully polished finish. The lugs are short and sharp and neatly designed. The case has a slight recess for the crown, whilst the crown has a beautiful coin edge finish with Rolex Cornet logo to the centre. The dial is silver with a sunburst finish and Black roman numerals. The Rolex Cornet is three-dimensional and is applied in a gold tone. The hands are very sleek with a black painted finish. Inside is a beautiful Rolex calibre 1601 movement.
The tank shaped watches in the Cellini range offer the wearer the style of a 1930s-1950s dress watch, whilst providing the durability and accuracy brought by the advancements of 1970s mechanics. The movement is an excellent timekeeper, whilst being sturdy enough to deal with the demands of daily wear thanks to its KIF shock proofing.
Over the last couple of years, the Cellini range has received more fanfare, but we anticipate this will only continue to grow. They are still affordable within the context of Rolex’s offering, yet they also offer a level of classic luxury not found in other Rolex watches. This specific model gives Cartier a serious run for their money. The Roman numerals are beautifully executed when paired with the sunburst dial finish.
This watch may be at home on a slimmer wrist being 26mm wide x 30.75mm in length, with a lug-to-lug measurement of 35mm. We feel that even if you traditionally wear a larger watch, you can get used to this, particularly when it’s such an elegant piece.
The watch has been recently serviced and is keeping time to within +7 seconds a day. It is on a Rolex leather strap with a gold-plated Rolex buckle. It will wear on up to a 7.5” wrist.
Please see the images as these compliment the condition description provided below.
The dial is original and has some subtle signs of ageing. It is a silver sunburst base tone. There are some marks around the exterior of the dial from 2-4 O’clock and 5-6 O’clock. This corrosion is caused against due to the reaction against the gold edges. There is a small scratch to the dial next to 3 O’clock with some slight marking above the mounting of the hands.
The hands are original and are in good condition. They have a gold tone polished centre, with black painted finish extending outwards.
The glass is original and is in excellent condition with no scratches.
The crown is original with the Cornet logo and a coin edge finish. It is formed of gold. It has no obvious marks.
The rectangular case is formed of 18k yellow gold. It has a smooth polished finish. It has a curved top section with continues into a flat case side. The lugs are short with a sharp fall.
The case back is made of 18k yellow gold and snaps into place. It has two Swiss hallmarking symbols, with a brushed finish to the main face. The caseback has bevelled sides which have a polished finish.
Inside of caseback:
It has Swiss hallmarking for 18k gold. It is signed “Montres Rolex SA, Geneva, Switzerland”. It has the reference number 4105.
The movement is a Rolex 1601. It is a manual wind movement with 19 jewels and KIF shock proofing. It operates at a frequency of 19,800 BPH and has a power reserve of 48 hours.
The movement has been serviced and is in excellent condition. It has a daily gain of +8 seconds, with an amplitude of 300 degrees and a beat error of 0.0 m/s.
Case width: 25.75mm
Case width with crown: 26.3mm
Case length: 30.75mm
Case length lug to lug: 35mm
Case Depth: 6mm
Lug width: 20mm
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