1976 Rolex Cellini King Midas 4316 Pyramid Gold Dial Unpolished Mint Condition
About the watch: 1976 Ultra rare Rolex Cellini King Midas reference 4316. The Rolex King Midas first appeared in the 1962 catalog aptly named after the mythological Greek King Midas, for everything he touched turned to gold.
Introduced in 1962 the King Midas has enjoyed a colorful history, starting life as a limited run before becoming a staple model in the Cellini series. Designed by Gérald Genta, pre–Royal Oak and Nautilus, the watch was made to look like the Greek Pantheon (Temple of Gods). Continuing the Greek Mythology, the solid 18k gold watch was given the name ‘King Midas’ honoring the myth that everything he touched with his left hand turned to gold.
In addition to being the heaviest gold watch of its day the King Midas was also the most expensive Rolex model, roughly 40% more expensive than the Day-Date at the time.
With its hefty price tag and niche aesthetic it found itself adorned to the wrist of not only movie stars but the refined and eccentric. For Rolex this was a watch that really tapped into a niche captivating the watch world with its polarizing appeal.
Case and Bracelet: Unpolished Mint condition case, Full of beautiful gold patina, all numbers & hallmarks are visible on the case. Has some scratches but nothing deep. Original crystal, Original Rolex integrated bracelet in mint condition will fit up to 7-inch wrist.
Dial: Original gold dial with beautiful unique design. dials free of any scratches or wear.
Movement: Original Movement recently serviced.