Rolex Milgauss’s legend begins with a unique and rare lightning-shaped second hand. This exotic design is one of the easiest and most popular features of the early Rolex anti-magnetic watch, not only by the original target community, , But also for the Milgauss series of new products to attract more fans.
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Milgauss watch with lightning-shaped second hand and is still retained. But in the second iteration, Ref. 1019 using a straight needle design, consumer interest on the Milgauss watch gradually subsided, resulting in Rolex final decision to stop production. In the UK, retailers find it hard to find buyers who use the Milgauss watch as a bargain for selling other more popular models. Yes, at some point, you can start with a very low price Rolex Milgauss watch.
Just as soon as possible, Milgauss watch seems unpopular, but those days have passed
Back to history
Milgauss Ref. 6541 watch came out in 1956, equipped with soft iron inner shell, is the first exposed in a strong magnetic field environment can still be accurate when one of the watch. In fact, Ref. 6541 is the second Milgauss watch, the first is Ref. 6543 (aside number). Ref. 6543 production is very small, and with the follow-up model is almost no similarities.
Initially, Milgauss’s design was very similar to Rolex’s another professional model of submarine type, the latter known for waterproof, rather than anti-magnetic. As with the submarine type, Milgauss is equipped with a stainless steel oyster case (technically biased), marked scale bezel (which can be rotated), bubble time scale (specific position), and perhaps (the eyes of collectors) the most important – A single row of red letters showing the name of the watch.
An early Milgauss Ref. 6541 watch
And early Rolex diving watch, the original Milgauss watch nowadays most valuable. Not because Milgauss is one of the earliest mainstream anti-magnetic watch, but because it is rare rare. In fact, Milgauss’s case ratio and overall design have been approaching the perfect, the baptism of precipitation increasingly taste. Moreover, it is also an important part of Rolex’s history.
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The Milgauss watch is designed and manufactured by Rolex and is tested in the 1,000-Gaussian magnetic field at miles from the watchmaking plant. Participants were from the European Nuclear Research Organization (CERN), who had the smartest mind in Switzerland. Before belonging to someone else, the Milgauss watch is their first.
A Milgauss Ref. 1019 watch, with straight needle design
In the 20th century, Rolex only Milgauss watch for an important iteration, that is, the 1960s launched Ref. 1019. Milgauss Ref. 1019 made a lot of improvements, the most obvious is the smooth bezel, the new pointer and time scale. The second hand to use the vertical design, red tip echo single row red word “MILGAUSS”, this improvement is very critical. Ref. 1019 is divided into two dial style (excluding fluorescent material without test models), black or silver, are no longer using honeycomb pattern decoration. Although Ref. 1019 is 38 mm in diameter, it is graceful, but it has never really been found. In 1988, Rolex finally gave up production.
Modern Milgauss watch (and Z-Blue light blue watch)
Milgauss Z-Blue electric blue watch gives the new look
After removing it from the catalog for nearly 20 years, Rolex re-launched the Milgauss watch in 2007 and made a brave decision (and perhaps had). For a long time, Rolex is good at making subtle improvements and is known, the brand to choose a most simple product, and add fresh color to it. New Model Ref. 116400 Returning to the flash-shaped second hand design, neat but slightly cool case with bright orange pointer, minute track and hour scale are also decorated in the same color. Perhaps the most controversial change, was undoubtedly the introduction of green sapphire crystal. Rolex called it “Glace Verte” (green glass), and claimed that the brand has no patent, because this material is too difficult to manufacture.
From the pointer, dial to the mirror, this watch almost every element has a shining Guanghua
Then, in 2014 Rolex added blue dial models, which makes many people lost their reason. For the first time, Milgauss watch can not only retail, but also appear in a higher level channels. All of this is because of the blue dial, Rolex called it “Z-Blue”.
Oyster bracelet both drawing and polishing links
Case showing elegant curvature, and polished by polishing
Need to be clear that this watch and other Milgauss Ref. 116400 technically no difference. The watch is equipped with the traditional 40 mm Oyster Case (polished) and 904L stainless steel oyster bracelet (fusion drawing and polishing), equipped with independent Caliber 3131 movement, through the Swiss precision time test center (COSC) With Parachrom gauze (made of niobium zirconium alloy) and paramagnetic escapement wheel (made of nickel-phosphorus alloy), to ensure that the anti-magnetic properties. Caliber 3131 automatic winding movement power reserve of about 48 hours, for all modern Milgauss watch (and the new air-armed watch) to provide power.
This is a downright, rugged Rolex Oyster watch
Dial configuration changes are minimal. In fact, Rolex has done a little improvement on a solid basis. The rod-like time scale, Chromalight fluorescence (adds another subtle hue), bright orange minute tracks and “Milgauss” words are preserved. The new watch and antique watch are very different, but it seems more popular.
Milgauss Z-Blue light blue watch with screw-in crown, waterproof up to 100 meters
Milgauss Z-Blue watch only, the real novelty lies in the dial. When the watchmaker wants to change the taste, the blue is a very convenient choice. It is more common than traditional black, white and silver, more casual, but not paranoid weird. But this blue is a bit unusual, because it comes from Rolex, Rolex to develop and implement their own code of conduct. In fact, this is a metallic blue, depending on the light and the angle of the different, satin dial blue will change green.