The Rolex Milgauss, also called Oyster Perpetual Milgauss, is a highly respected watch among collectors and enthusiasts. It is known for its unique design and excellent craftsmanship. The watch was first introduced in 1956 and has undergone several changes and improvements since then. Today, the Rolex Milgauss is one of the most popular watches in the world.
The story behind the Rolex Milgauss
The watch was created for scientists who worked in magnetic fields. These scientists and researchers ran into the problem that a magnetic field can affect the precision of a watch. They noticed while working that the standard watches they wore stopped running on time after just one day in the lab.
After much thought and innovation, Rolex came up with the solution to the problem by installing a magnetic shield in the case and Rolex unveiled the first Rolex Milgauss, the 6451. Rolex chose the name Milgauss because it has two parts, Mil and gauss. Mil stands for 1000 and comes from the French word ´mille´ and gauss is the unit for magnetic fields. The Milgauss was tested by employees of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and came out well. The Rolex Milgauss was resistant to magnetic fields up to an impressive 1,000 gauss.
The life cycle of the Rolex Milgauss
The Rolex Milgauss was first introduced in 1956 with the reference 6451. The Rolex Milgauss 6451 could withstand magnetic fields of 1000 gauss, making it the first watch that could do so. The 6451 is known today as a highly sought-after watch due to the low production numbers of the Milgauss in the 1950s.
The Rolex Milgauss 1019
In the 1960s came a change of the Milgauss with the reference 1019. The watch was given a new look by the smooth bezel known from other Rolex models such as the Oyster Perpetual line and the Rolex Datejust. You could also choose between a white or a deep black dial.
The modern Rolex Milgauss and its features
The modern Rolex Milgauss is the M116400GV and is made of Oystersteel steel. Rolex makes this type of Oystersteel steel in-house and it is what gives Rolex sports watches a unique shade of metal. Inside this watch case is the in-house Rolex automatic caliber 3131 with an antimagnetic shield. Engraved on the antimagnetic shield is a B, the sign of magnetic flux density. This makes the Rolex Milgauss a pioneering anti-magnetic watch. On top of this fantastic movement is a black dial with orange details and a seconds hand in the shape of a lightning bolt. Finally, the watch has a unique watch glass that is made of green sapphire glass. This green sapphire glass is a unique feature of the Rolex Milgauss. Official Rolex retailers, therefore, use this as the biggest piece of marketing for the Milgauss.