Designed to withstand magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss, the Rolex Milgauss was an impressive advancement created for those in the scientific community that would be exposed to higher magnetic fields.
The current generation Rolex 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 Rolex Milgauss namesake is derived from its main purpose, anti-magnetism. Being resistant to magnetic fields of 1,000 gauss, the Milgauss gets its name from “Mille” in French, meaning 1,000.
Rolex Milgauss History
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 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 Rolex 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.
What makes the Rolex Milgauss so desirable?
As alluded to earlier, the Rolex 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 Perpetual, but it has those interesting design elements that set it apart and make it such a fun conversation piece.
Why buy pre-owned Rolex Watches and the Milgauss?
The pre-owned market offers great value when it comes to pre-owned Rolex 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. If you are in the market for a Rolex Milgauss, Watchbox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search!
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