I'm not a fan of Offshores. So who wears them (or who wears a Patek, VC, JLC, Piaget, Rolex or any other brand) is irrelevant to me. Unless Lebron, Usher, Brad Pitt, etc are going to foot the bill for my next watch purchase, why should anything they do or wear influence me? Purchasing something because some actor, musician, or athlete has it, is something people should have out grown while in grade school.
Just to agree with Dino; you will not be seeing that same Rolex Oyster recouping with the Cellini. And I think strike two is the fact that it's a precious metal.
I agree that I don't want a dress only watch either. I want something a little versatile as well. I also want something gold and at the top of my list at the moment is the Cartier - Louis Cartier Tank. I'm not sure how well that straddles the casual/dress line, yet, though.
Cartier Tank MC in gold looks nice - if you feel flush.
I don't see any of the Cellini pieces have higher resale value than any other good watch brand.
A friend who worked at a former AD said they hated getting in Cellinis because those were models they couldn't give away. Without much demand for new Cellinis...there isn't going to be a strong demand or high resale on a used one. Although, that may work to your advantage when buying one, and maybe you will be able to get a good discount when purchasing it. Anyway, wishing you luck with whatever you decide.
I appreciate the insight from you two. As the model is new and there isn't an aftermarket yet, it's only speculation about the trade/resale value at this point. I must say that comparing the old and new models is probably not on. The new one looks modern, has Oyster DNA, and a new movement to boot. I agree that the old one was a dog and clearly the Cellini is not a Sub or Daytona. I'm hoping that it'd be an easy trade-in down the road, but who knows? The price point is attractive compared to other gold Rolex models and that may influence the market. Anyway, thanks for your comments, gents.