Rolex is unrivalled when it comes to creating watches with a purpose. The ‘Milgauss’ is a purposeful watch built by the Swiss Maison for scientists, engineers or anyone who worked in the presence of strong magnetic fields in the 1950s. The anti-magnetic timepiece made its debut in 1956 to offer accurate time in the presence of electromagnetic fields and combines scientific heritage with striking aesthetics.
At the time, most timepieces offered resistance of about 50-100 gauss. But Rolex, being the rescuer, launched a watch with an innovative shield that could withstand up to 1000 gauss. Hence, the name ‘Mille’ means thousand and ‘Gauss’ the unit of the magnetic flux density. The Milgauss was a huge technological advancement for the scientific community…
However, unlike other Rolex collections, the hype surrounding the humble Milgauss took some time to come. The original Milgauss featured an oversized case, bezel, Oyster bracelet, and a Twinlock crown. The most significant element was the special orange lightning bolt second-hand, still featured on the current models. Despite a short history (1956-1988), the watch remains highly sought-after amongst Rolex collectors.
Here at The Luxury Hut, we pride ourselves on our vast pre-owned Milgauss collection, including vintage, rare and certified unworn timepieces. The enviable Rolex timepieces are in excellent condition. You can buy them online or visit us at our Hatton garden store with a prior appointment to see the watches personally. We also offer 0% APR finance over six months to ensure you can buy your Rolex conveniently.
In the 1920s, watchmakers struggled to create a watch that could withstand magnetic fields as even 50-100 gauss influence hampered the movement’s accuracy. Rolex came up with a convincing solution: The ‘Milgauss’. In 1954, Rolex dropped the first-ever Milgauss model with Ref. 6543, which was more of a prototype with only 150 pieces produced over two years. However, it was in 1956 when the Milgauss made its official entry into the Rolex lineup with Ref. 6541.
The watch embodies a versatile and fun design that makes it easily recognisable. One could easily mistake the early Milgauss models for a Submariner because of the black dial, rotating bezel, and Oyster bracelet. But the models were an easy stand apart thanks to the honeycomb dial, alpha hands, dots & arrows, hour markers, and the bright red Milgauss name.
In 2007, Rolex breathed new life into the important collection by creating a playful and unconventional design. Rolex released various colourful versions of the Milgauss, which easily distinguishes the modern Milgauss from the old ones.
Rolex released the first Milgauss model in 1956 with reference 6541, which was in production till 1960. The watch featured a rotating bezel, an Oyster case, a black honeycomb dial, dots & arrow hour markers, a bright red Milgauss name on the dial face and the (new) striking lightning bolt seconds hand.
It’s no wonder that Rolex has given this watch an interesting design and unique colour combinations that anyone will appreciate. If you’re looking to buy one, here are the top Milgauss models you can consider:
Ref. 6541: This is a vintage Milgauss timepiece featuring a 35mm stainless steel case, black rotating bezel, honeycomb dial, double-layer glass, green sapphire crystal, Oyster bracelet, and a unique lightning bolt.
Ref: 1019: Coming with a 38mm steel case, the Ref. 1019 has a smooth steel bezel, black/silver dial with baton hour markers and a straight second hand with a small red arrow tip.
Ref. 116400: The modern Milgauss ref. 116400 has a 40mm Oyster case, black/white dials, an Oyster bracelet with an Easylink 5mm extension system, a Twinlock screw-down crown, and distinct bright orange lightning seconds hands.
You must consider the purchase of a second-hand luxury watch carefully. The Luxury Hut has an extensive online store wherein you can purchase the best quality second-hand Rolex watches, including various Milgauss models, at the best prices. Whether online or in-store, we ensure to keep the watch-buying process fully transparent, smooth, and quick for you to feel at ease. Also, there’s no obligation.
If you’ve already chosen your favourite Milgauss model, explore our varied inventory to shop your pick. We carry different pre-owned Milgauss models in different sizes that suit any style or preference. You’ll get a Certificate of Authenticity, a 14-day Easy Return Policy, and a 12-month Comprehensive Guarantee with each watch. Also, we will securely ship your watch via FedEx for worldwide delivery and RoyalMail for next-day UK delivery. It’s free!
If you want us to buy your Milgauss or any other luxury timepiece, we can do it too! Rest assured that you will get the best price offer for it. Our in-house watch specialists fully know the current market value of luxury watches and combine their expertise of over 40 years to offer you the best value.
We are also happy to set up a part exchange if you’re just looking to trade your timepiece for another watch. Our watch experts can assist you with any of these, including providing a quick appraisal. We’ll value your watch quickly and offer a free accurate quote.
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