The current generation of Milgauss models are some of the more off-the-wall, playful offerings from Rolex today. Look no further than the bright orange lightning bolt seconds hand and the green-tinted sapphire crystal for evidence of this. The Milgauss namesake is derived from its main purpose, anti-magnetism. More precisely, since it’s resistant to magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss, the Milgauss gets its name from “Mille” in French, meaning 1,000. Another compelling element to the Rolex Milgauss is that it’s water-resistant up to 100m due to its screw-down case back and Twinlock crown. Learn more about this captivating watch and see it’s stunning colors up close when you read this review of the Rolex Milgauss Blue: The Counter-Culture Chronometer.
History Rooted in Science
The Rolex Milgauss was born out of a necessity for scientists to have a watch that could withstand the high magnetic fields given off by their lab equipment. Rolex’s solution was to encase the movement in an iron cage before inserting it into the watch case. The antimagnetic properties of iron would keep the mechanism inside unaffected. Rolex introduced the first Milgauss in 1956 and was credited by the scientists and Engineers in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) who confirmed that the Milgauss can indeed withstand such an intense magnetic field. Interested in learning more about this collection and how it fits within the Rolex catalog? Read this in-depth review about the anti-magnetic anti-Rolex.
What Makes the Rolex Milgauss So Desirable?
As alluded to earlier, the Milgauss is one of the few whimsical offerings in the current Rolex catalog. From a watch company as classic and conservative as Rolex, it is exciting for collectors to have an option like this model. The Milgauss is just as versatile as other time-only watches like the Explorer and Oyster Perpetuals, but it has those interesting design elements that set it apart and make it such a fun conversation piece.
Why Buy a Pre-Owned RolexMilgauss?
The pre-owned market offers great value when it comes to pre-owned Milgauss watches. Due to the high demand for stainless steel sports Rolex models in the current market, it is becoming increasingly challenging to find Milgauss models in authorized dealers, especially the coveted “Z-Blue” electric blue dial variant. This is precisely the reason why purchasing a Milguass is a great investment if you can get your hands on one. If you are in the market for a Rolex Milgauss, Watchbox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search.
Explore Eccentric Milgauss Models
Rolex Milgauss watches are in high demand, and some models are more rare than others. For example, vintage references that enjoyed a short production run are harder to find, while more modern pieces may be easier to purchase depending on the specific reference. Currently, our pre-owned inventory ranges in price from $9,950 to $11,950, making it a great entry-level watch for new Rolex collectors. Learn more about a handful of the suite’s standout models.
Rolex Milgauss Ref. 1019
As one of the collection’s most renowned vintage models, the ref. 1019 began production in the early 1960s and ended in the late 1980s—today, these pieces are rare to find. This model sports a polished bezel and straight seconds hand, and it comes in three dial colors including black, silver, and without luminous material. The latter option is considered the CERN dial because it was commissioned by the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Interestingly, the “GV” label in the reference number stands for “Glace Verte” which alludes to the piece’s green-tinted sapphire dial. This striking watch boasts a Z-Blue dial and a 40mm stainless steel case. Prices for this model have continued to rise on the pre-owned market due to its distinct features that set itself apart from the typical Rolex timepiece.
Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400
If you’re not a fan of the green-tinted sapphire crystal, but still love the look and feel of the ref. 116400GV, try opting for the ref. 116400 which boasts a clear sapphire crystal and is available in either a white or black dial. This 40mm stainless steel beauty is equipped with an Oyster bracelet and hours, minutes, and seconds functions.
Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400GV-0001
Thinking of going green? Check out this alluring ref. 116400GV-0001 with a green crystal surrounding a black dial on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet. Functions include hours, minutes, and seconds—and don’t forget about the lighting bolt seconds hand.