Originally created in the late 19th century and made an official federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day is a day when Americans can pause to recognize the achievements of our nation’s workers and honor their contributions to the nation as a whole. For many of us, it also symbolizes the end of summer and gives us an opportunity to celebrate with parties, barbecues, and street parades. However, a holiday dedicated to workers should be paired with an equally hard-working watch, and the brand that makes the strongest, most tireless watches is Rolex.
It seems only correct that the watchmaker that first brought us the concept of the tool watch should be front and center for Labor Day. So, we’ve listed some of our favorite replica Rolex watches that deserve to mark such a significant day.
The original Rolex Prince first appeared in 1928 as an elegant rectangular model known as the “doctor’s watch” because it had separate subdials to make it easier for doctors to time their patients’ impulses. Although it did its job well and could be seen on the wrists of some high-profile wearers, its expensive price tag and obvious Art Deco styling meant that it went out of fashion in the 1940s.
More recently, Rolex has revived the Prince collection, introducing four stunning models in 2005 as part of its standout dress line, the Cellini. Often overlooked, the Rolex Cellini replica is a beautiful design with a classically refined aesthetic and is the brand’s only moon phase complication currently available.
The octagonal double dial has a slight overlap, the main chronograph face features a mix of Roman numerals and small stick indexes, while the second’s dial has a defined railroad edge. Off the dial, a beautiful circular guilloche pattern adds a textured motif and, almost uniquely for the brand, this level of finishing is carried over to the movement’s bridges, which can be seen by displaying the case back.
Although Rolex makes some of the best in-house movements in the industry, it does not flaunt its movements as many other manufacturers do these days, so Rolex’s movement decoration is usually industrial at best. Nevertheless, the Prince Cellini ref. 5441/9 is still a very chic watch that is a radical departure from the norm for Rolex and definitely worthy of any well-dressed doctor.