When it comes to master Gérald Genta, it is not difficult to think of his classics-Patek Philippe Nautilus, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Ouji Constellation, and other watches.
As everyone knows, Genta also inspired Rolex and created the top model of Rolex 60-70s – Rolex King Midas.
In 1964, Rolex launched this thick gold watch. It was named after King Midas, who had the Midas touch in Greek mythology.
The master’s handiwork is still avant-garde even if viewed today. And this avant-garde is based on the awakening of ancient Greek art.
The design inspiration of King Midas comes from the Parthenon temple.
Place the watch’s crown upward, and you will feel that the triangular point is like the top of a sacred temple, and the gaps between the straps are like vertical stone pillars. Who makes the best replica watches.
But the finishing touch should be the crown. The sawtooth shape is not only full of personality and easy to twist but also looks like a scorching sun above the temple.
Case & strap
The asymmetrical case is unorthodox and blends seamlessly with the thick gold strap, making the whole look like a fashionable gold chain.
At that time, it was the heaviest gold watch (150-200g) and the most expensive Rolex model (price higher than DD).
In contrast to the avant-garde case, the dial is classic and straightforward. There are only two hands on the exquisite square plate. MIDAS is spelled in Greek, and it is equipped with a sapphire crystal that was rare at the time.
The case strap is impregnable, and a Cal. 650/651 hand-rolled movement runs inside it. Remember to consider this hand-rolled movement. It is modified from the famous FP (Frédéric Piguet) Cal.21 movement.
The picture shows the Cal.651 movement assembled by Cellini King Midas.
Since the 1970s, many famous manufacturers (including Patek Philippe) have used FP movements, and the Cal.21 movement is just one of them; now, the FP factory has been merged into Blancpain.
The King Midas watch box may be the most artistic one in history.
The shape is classical and unique, and the pattern is based on the ancient Greek red oak vase. The top cover pattern is a vase painting about King Midas from the 5th century BC.
The moment you open the lid of the box, scenes from ancient mythology appear before your eyes, and you feel like you have the Midas touch to turn stone into gold.
It is worth mentioning that King Midas is a rare numbered limited edition watch among Rolex.
The first generation Ref.9630 is limited to 1,000 pieces, and the subsequent Ref.3580 is also a limited edition.
King Midas is rarely mentioned nowadays. Even among antique goldsmiths, it is far less prevalent than Oyster styles such as 1601 and 1803.
But decades ago, several legends wore it on their wrists. The most famous one is probably Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley was gifted a King Midas in 1970, number 343. Today, this watch is on display at Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Watch replicas.
Above, King Midas is undoubtedly a charming “heresy” among the small crowns of the past – handwritten by a legendary master, finished with thick gold, backed by a famous factory movement, and blessed by a superstar halo… If it is in good condition, the wallet may be unable to cover it. Living.
Case Color: Gold-tone
Dial Color: White Dial
Band Length: 18cm
Case Thickness: 15mm
Band Width: 20mm