Why You Should Invest In The Rolex Cellini

We personally believe that the Rolex Cellini is the most underrated Rolex of all time. Of course, Rolex watches are the most recognised, high-profile, luxury watches available on the market and with any big brand, you get some ranges that receive more attention. Unfortunately, the Rolex Cellini lives in the shadow of ranges such as the Date Date. Yet, we believe that this range is one that ladies would love if they knew more about it. Let us inform you of the reasons why if you’re purchasing a Rolex, then a Cellini should be top of your list. 

The Rolex Cellini 

The Cellini line was created by the Rolex Director, Rene-Paul Jeanneret in celebration of Renaissance sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini back in 1928. The inspiration for the Rolex Cellini range came from traditional watchmaking practices, along with aspects of modern technology and aesthetics. 

The different Rolex Cellini models 

The very first model, the Prince, was designed in a rectangular case fitting in perfectly with the style of the 1920s. This model was only discontinued when Rolex decided to create a classic alternative to their incredibly popular sporty Rolex Oyster collection. Rolex then launched a number of other models including the Cellini Danaos, Cellini Cestello and the Cellini Quartz which are all also no longer manufactured by the watch brand. 

We believe that the Rolex Cellini really came into its own when it revived the rectangular Prince in 2005. It was loved for its elegance of traditional timepieces and the unique transparent case back, which allowed the wearer to see the inside of the ornately crafted watch. In 2014, Rolex once again expanded the Cellini collection by adding three new models; the Cellini Time, Cellini Date and Cellini Dual Time. More recently, Rolex also introduced the Cellini Moonphase in 2017, which was the first Rolex with a moon phase since the 1950s and soon brought attention back to this classic collection. 

Why choose a Rolex Cellini? 

Modern elegance 

Anyone who views the Rolex Cellini can see its beauty. The whole range perfectly represents the Rolex style. They are exclusively made out of white gold or Everose and each model is the traditional rounded shape with a diameter of 39 mm. Not only has attention been made to the function of this watch, but the detail and minimalistic style has also been greatly thought about. 

Versatility 

Many people used to view the Rolec Cellini as a ‘dress watch’ and it would only be worn on special occasions, which often puts women off of the range. In 2017 President Obama was spotted wearing his Cellini at a tennis match with Prince Harry, proving that it in fact wasn’t just a dress watch. It is also the watch that was featured in his official Presidential portrait, showcasing the sheer versatility the Cellini truly has. If it is good enough for Obama’s high standards of perfection then it is good enough for us. 

Comfort 

The majority of well-known Rolex watches have a metal strap, which isn’t always favoured by female wearers. However, in the purest traditional style, the Cellini watches are available only with black or brown remborded and stitched leather strap making them comfortable to wear all day. With an 18 karat gold buckle matching the gold of the case, you don’t lose style when choosing comfort. 

Purchasing your Rolex Cellini

Of course, choosing your perfect Rolex Cellini model may take time and we do advise that you view your options in person and seek advice from an expert who will be able to answer all of your questions. Our team at Bonds Of Brentwood will gladly assist you. Whether you choose a new or a preowned ladies Rolex watch, when you choose a Cellini with its uncommon design and sophisticated appearance, we can guarantee that this watch suits any wrist, especially a female wrist. 

What Makes The Rolex Submariner So Popular?

Everyone has different tastes and styles but there is something about the Rolex Submariner that is loved by people of all ages worldwide. Since its launch back in 1954, this particular watch has become easily one of the most iconic Rolex watches ever produced. You will find it worn by characters such as James Bond in old school movies and celebrities such as Slash as he entertains crowds. It has not only survived but thrived through irrespective of trends or era. But, what is it that people love about this particular watch?

Classic design 

If you were asked to picture a classic wristwatch, we can almost guarantee that the image in your head will be similar to the Rolex Submariner. For any design to be considered a classic, it has to tick several boxes, it has to have a simple and timeless aesthetic but above all else; it has to work and keep on working. This is something you never have to worry about with Rolex, as not only do their products look incredible but their build quality is unmatched and their watches are some of the most reliable mechanical timepieces ever created.

Practicality 

The majority of the time watches are simply made to look good and tell the time, but Rolex took this one step further. Most people are happy if their watch is water-resistant or splash-proof but it was never thought that you would be able to swim, let alone dive in a watch. Rolex’s director at the time, Rene-Paul Jeanneret, was a keen amateur diver and the Rolex Submariner was designed as the definitive diver’s watch. 

From 1954 until the 1970s, this particular watch grew in popularity, mostly due to the fact that it was an extremely well-made tool watch. Since this time, it has been developed even more and the water resistance rating has increased to 300m, the in-house movement now also comes with Rolex’s blue Parachrom hairspring, which enables it to be more resistant to shocks and temperature fluctuations.

Versatility 

We understand how difficult it can be to find something that isn’t just practical but also looks amazing. With the majority of other accessories and clothing, there are numerous items that are chosen for their specific qualities. However, when you invest in something like a watch you ideally want to be able to wear it with every outfit for every occasion. 

This isn’t something you can usually get with the functions that the Rolex Submariner offers, but if there was ever a watch that could be described as ‘go anywhere, do anything’ it is this one. The incredible designers at Rolex have somehow managed to create the perfect watch that is both sporty enough to match with jeans and t-shirt and classy enough to look perfectly at home under a tuxedo sleeve.

Affordability 

Rolex is known as a luxury watch brand and people understand that it isn’t the cheapest choice on the market. However, when the Submariner was first released, its price tag was relatively affordable and approximately the same as a two weeks salary for the average man. Of course, over time the price has increased along with its popularity. However, this also makes them an incredible investment. 

Given the appropriate level of care and maintenance, there’s every guarantee that a Submariner today will be worth more in a few years’ time. This is not even considering vintage, established models that tend to go for tens of thousands in auctions. When compared to other Rolex watches, and also different brands that offer the same technology that this watch does, you will find that it is actually incredibly good value. 

Summary 

It really is easy to see why the Rolex Submariner is one of the most popular Rolex watches available on the market. If you had been considering purchasing one, we are sure that you will want to even more now. 

Here at Bonds of Brentwood, we have a range of genuine Rolex Submariner watches for you to browse. With various metals and models available we are sure that you will find the perfect preowned Rolex Submariner with us. 

What Is The Best Rolex Daytona?

Anyone who loves Rolex watches will know that there are lots of different options to choose from when it comes to finding your perfect Rolex Baytona watch. This watch was named the Daytona after the Daytona International Speedway circuit in Florida. It was specifically designed to meet the needs of professional motor racing drivers. It is now, however, also recognised as an iconic fashion accessory thanks to people like Paul Newman, who famously wore his Daytona watch between 1972 and his death in 2008. 

Every little detail that you will find on your Rolex can make such a big difference to the appearance of your new watch and these details shouldn’t be a split decision. After all, if you’re investing in an item you want to make sure that it is perfect. To help you make your decision, we will talk you through some of the best Rolex Daytona watches of all time to help you make your decision. 

Rolex Daytona – 6241

You cant talk about the Rolex Daytona without mentioning this model, it is considered to be the holy grail of watches. This particular watch is known as the John Player Special because of its colouring looking like the livery of a 1972 Formula One car sponsored by cigarette maker John Player & Sons. This model was manufactured in the 1960s and less than 300 examples of this 18-karat yellow gold were ever produced making it incredibly rare. If you are lucky enough to be presented with the opportunity to purchase this watch, you really shouldn’t turn it down.

Rolex Daytona – 16520

This is one of the best-known watches ever made and since being released in 1988 it has become a collector favourite. The 16520 is the original steel automatic Daytona. This model has the beautiful clean look that people turn to the Daytona for and will sit perfectly on your wrist. The 16520 is famous for being the last Rolex to use a movement sourced from another manufacturer, making it the first self-winding Daytona. This was also the first model to introduce sapphire crystals, lacquered dials and larger case sizes to the Daytona family and is famous for discolouring on the subdials.

Rolex Daytona – 116500

Every Rolex collector or reputable watch retailer should know about this model. It was introduced back in 2016 and was the first Daytona to feature a Cerachrom bezel, a patented Rolex ceramic material that is resistant to both scratches and ultraviolet rays. You will find this classic model gracing the wrists of many businessmen, it screams style and elegance. If you were to go ahead and purchase this model you know that it is timeless and not only can you wear it but it can also be passed down through generations.

Rolex Daytona – 116520 

If you love the 116500 models but are looking for something more unique and maybe slightly more vintage then we would definitely recommend that you look at this model. At a glance, it’s very nearly the same watch as the 116500 replaced this model when it was introduced. However, this now means that this model is rare and highly sort after. This Rolex Daytona was introduced in 2000 and the demand for this Rolex watch skyrocketed. Although there are more precious versions of this model available, the steel editions are the most popular by far. 

Rolex Daytona – 116505 

We have mentioned a few classic timeless models but if you think you would prefer something more modern, then turn your eye to the Dayton 116505. This model is particularly well-known for its flawless good looks and you can’t deny that this rose gold watch is beautiful. To preserve the beauty of its pink gold watches, Rolex created and patented an exclusive 18-karat pink gold alloy cast in its own foundry. The size and smart design of this watch make it versatile, it works perfectly with casual and formal wear, meaning, you will never have to swap watches again. 

The big decision 

Of course, making a decision like this is very personal and won’t happen overnight, but if you have any questions at all about any of the Rolex Daytona watches that you are interested in you should seek advise from a professional. Here at Bonds of Brentwood, we are experts in preowned Daytona watches and have an impressive collection of vintage Daytonas for you to view along with new Rolex watches as well. For luxury watches don’t look anywhere else, we will help ensure you make the best decision when it comes to your Rolex Daytona. 

Why Are Diamonds Traditionally Used As Engagement Rings?

Getting engaged, and being gifted what will be one of the most precious rings you’ll ever receive, is an unforgettable moment. When you see your engagement ring in its box catching the light, we are sure you will get butterflies. But, why do we expect to see a shining diamond at the focal point of our engagement rings? We have looked into why diamonds are now famously the go-to gemstone for engagement rings. 

What is a diamond?

This incredible luxury gemstone is one of the most popular and sort after on the market, after all, it is a girl’s best friend. Essentially, this beautiful stone is crystallised carbon and is the hardest known mineral. The name diamond derived from the ancient Greek adámas meaning invincible, unbreakable or unalterable. Many people appreciate the symbolic meaning behind the word and these words are now often used to describe an engaged or married couple linking the diamond to these gestures. 

When were diamonds first used in jewellery?

India was originally the only place in the world where diamonds were mined for many many years – dating back to the 4th century BC. When they were first discovered, diamonds were valued because of their strength and for their ability to refract light, engrave metal and also ‘cure’ people, not because of their beauty. The first example of a diamond’s use in jewellery was in the form of a Hungarian queen’s crown in 1074 AD. 

When were diamonds first used in engagement rings? 

Mary of Burgundy was the very lucky lady who first received a diamond engagement ring. Back in 1477 Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed marriage to her and although engagement rings were very common at this time, diamonds were a rarity and were reserved for royalty and the upper class. The Victorians then went on to popularise engagement rings with diamonds and would mix them with other gemstones, precious metals and enamels to make gorgeous engagement rings and show jewellery. 

Unfortunately, the great depression of the 20th century then had a massive impact on diamonds and their value collapsed and they became much less popular for engagement rings and other jewellery. 

Why are diamonds so popular for engagement rings?

Everything changed for diamonds back in the late 1930s when De Beers launched an advertising campaign for diamond engagement rings. The size of this advertising campaign was incredible and it continued for over four decades, capturing the attention of people from all walks of life. The popularity of this stunning gemstone then soared and it was thought that diamonds should be the only choice for engagement rings. 

While lots of people may think of the diamond engagement ring as a time-honoured tradition, De Beers’ brilliant marketing plan really did have a lot to do with the popularity and the traditional giving of a diamond engagement ring.

Sticking to tradition and purchasing a diamond engagement ring 

Nowadays, it is incredibly easy to purchase diamond engagement rings and you will find them in the window of almost every jewellery shop. However, there is also a lot of fake diamonds on the market and it isn’t uncommon for people to be scammed into paying thousands of pounds for something that isn’t real. 

We encourage anyone who is looking for to purchase a high-quality real diamond engagement ring to turn to professionals like ourselves here at Bonds of Brentwood to ensure that the ring they purchase is genuine. We can help you find the perfect engagement ring, eternity ring and wedding ring here at our jewellers in Essex. 

What Is The Difference Between Engagement Rings And Wedding Rings?

People wear rings with meaning for many different reasons and two of the most talked about are the engagement ring and wedding ring. When searching for these rings, they are often categorised together and we are frequently asked what the real difference is between these rings. If this is something you’re curious about please continue to read and we will explain all. 

What is the sentimental difference?

As many people are aware, your engagement and your wedding are two different events that happen in life. Your engagement comes before your wedding and there are two different rings associated with these processes. Traditionally these rings have different meanings and therefore different sentimental values to the wearer. 

An engagement ring is gifted by your partner and then worn after a successful proposal. This particular ring symbolises a pledge of love and traditionally it informs others that this person is no longer ‘available’. The wedding ring is worn by both people in the couple after exchanging vows during the marriage ceremony. This informs people that you are now married and committed to one another. 

What is the physical difference?

Over time, both engagement rings and wedding rings have gained a stereotypical look and they couldn’t be more different in appearance. Traditional engagement rings are much more elaborate than wedding rings. They tend to have a big dominant stone which either stands alone or is surrounded by additional smaller stones. Whereas, a wedding ring is usually a plain metal band or a band with diamonds all around. 

Of course, this difference in design also means that there is a difference in price. Even if a wedding ring has stones, their total carat weight is usually less than an engagement ring making it significantly less expensive. There is a lot of controversy regarding how much you should spend on an engagement ring, however, the cost of a wedding ring is very rarely discussed or commented on.

What is the correct way to wear these rings?

The most traditional way to wear both of these rings is on the third finger on your left hand. This custom originated in Egypt, where people believed the vein in this finger led directly to your heart. On your wedding day, you should move your engagement ring to the same finger on the other hand to make room for your wedding ring. Once you’re married, tradition dictates that you move your engagement ring back to the left hand and it is placed on top of your wedding ring, ensuring that your wedding ring remains closest to your heart. However, some women choose to leave the rings on separate hands or even stop wearing their engagement ring altogether.

Do you really need both rings? 

Due to the number of people that decide to no longer wear their engagement ring once they’re married, the question of whether you really need both rings has arisen. If you want the traditional look then you should wear both, but ultimately, this is a personal preference. 

Many people choose to just have the one ring because of their financial situation, however others opt for this because it is one less ring to worry about losing. If you prefer a simplistic look then a single ring may be a good option, as it is less fussy than a stacked combination. 

Depending on the style of your engagement ring it can also sometimes be tricky to find a wedding ring that matches and lines up perfectly. You can, however, purchase these rings together as a set and then you are guaranteed that they will work perfectly together. 

Summary 

Ultimately, these two rings are different and if you’re a traditionalist then you will require two extra special rings. With so many different rings available, no matter whether you’re looking for an elaborately designed ring or a   ring, you will be spoilt for choice. 

If you require assistance trying to find the perfect engagement ring or a wedding ring for your big day then please visit our experts at Bonds of Brentwood and we will gladly assist you. We understand the importance of the perfect ring and can provide you with the advice and rings guide you require to find the best rings for you. 

A Guide To The Rolex Datejust

Rolex is probably one of the most famous names when it comes to watches and if you’re looking to purchase a statement investment piece, then you should definitely look at Rolex. Their collection is extensive and each watch has its own look whilst keeping in line with the classic style Rolex is known for. One of the most sort after Rolex watches is the Datejust and we encourage you to keep reading if this is a watch you are interested in. 

What is the Rolex Datejust

This particular watch was introduced in 1945 to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary. It was the first automatic watch to indicate the date in a window on the dial. It was the height of technology and sophistication and quickly became incredibly popular, it even graced the wrists of people like Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King. 

The Rolex Datejust got its name due to the fact that on this watch the date changes just before midnight. Nowadays, there are many different models of the Datejust available, it has been restyled, updated and reinvented hundreds of times. 

What makes the Rolex Datejust special

Aside from being specifically designed for an anniversary and being the first automatic watch the Rolex Datejust also ticks all of the boxes required by the wearer. In 1926, Rolex made history by creating the world’s first waterproof wristwatch and was named the ‘Oyster case’. In 1931, Rolex stepped up the watch game again and debuted the first self-winding watch movement with a Perpetual rotor. The Datejust was everything that Rolex could offer at the time, it had all aspects that Rolex was the industry leader for and anyone who was lucky enough to wear this watch would be at the top of the watch game. 

Different sizes 

The easiest way to navigate through the various models of the Rolex Datejust available is to look at the size of the watch face. The Datejust comes in different sizes, the ladies watch face is  26mm, there is a mid-size face at 31mm, the original gents watch was designed at 36mm and the Datejust II is the largest at 41mm. Although the ladies watch face is designed purposefully to be slightly smaller, the majority of Rolex watches are unisex so if you would like a larger watch face then we would advise that you continue to browse other models also. 

Different bracelet types 

Once you have decided on the perfect sized watch face for your wrist you can look at the different bracelet stypes available to you. The bracelet you choose can change the look of your Datejust quite dramatically, it is an important part of your Rolex. 

You can purchase the Datejust with an Oyster, Jubilee and a President bracelet. The Jubilee bracelet was first introduced on the original Rolex Datejust and many people choose to stick with this perfect combination. Of course, all of these bracelets are available in all metal types including solid yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum. The Oyster and Jubilee are also available in two-tone if you would like more than one colour on your watch bracelet. 

Summary 

The Rolex Datejust continues to be one of the best-selling Rolex watches today and if you invest in any model of this watch you will continue to wear it for many years to come. Treat yourself to a vintage Rolex Datejust or a new Rolex Datejust and know that you are wearing one of the most sort after watches in the world. 

Like the majority of other designer brands, when choosing to purchase a Rolex Datejust you need to be vigilant in regards to fakes. We can assure you that every Rolex watch you will find here at Bonds of Brentwood will be genuine and whether you are looking to buy a new Rolex or a preowned Rolex in the UK then you are in safe hands with us.