Rolex. A stainless steel automatic antimagnetic bracelet watch  Milgauss, Ref: 1019, Circa 1979

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Rolex. A stainless steel automatic antimagnetic bracelet watch
Milgauss, Ref: 1019, Circa 1979

Sold for £ 13,812 (US$ 17,772) inc. premium
Rolex. A stainless steel automatic antimagnetic bracelet watch
Model: Milgauss
Reference: 1019
Date: Circa 1979
Movement: 26-jewel Cal.1580 automatic, adjusted to 5 positions & temperatures, No.M88****
Dial: Black, red Milgauss, polished baton hour markers, outer 1/2 minute markers, polished hands with luminous inserts, red arrow tipped centre seconds
Case: Brushed and polished tonneau form, screw down back and crown, soft iron antimagnetic inner cap, inside back stamped II.70, No.616****
Strap/Bracelet: Brushed 78360 Oyster link
Buckle/Clasp: Signed folding clasp, stamped OP9
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 37mm
Accompaniments: Rolex box, outer card, International Service Guarantee, swing tag, brochure

Footnotes

  • The Milgauss model was designed for use in areas of high electro-magnetic fields found in laboratories and electro-engineering. In particular it was Rolexs' partnership with the world renowned Nuclear research centre CERN (Centre Européen de Recherche Nucléaire) that resulted in such a technically advanced watch. Its name is derived from the Greek "Mil" for thousand and "Gauss", the unit to measure magnetism. A normal watch movement can withstand to 70-90 Gauss whereas the Milgauss keeps its incredibly precision in a magnetic field up to 1000 Gauss. In production from 1966 to 1990, the model was only available in stainless steel with a choice of silvered or black dial.

    At first glance the Milgauss 1019 can appear rather unassuming when put in comparison with its cousins in the Rolex line up. In fact, during its original production period the enthusiasm for the model was only ever lukewarm. This lower level of success translated into lower production numbers making the model rarer. For the 21st century collector, the 1019 now shines as an example of how Rolex sometimes were ahead in combining design with function.
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Rolex. A stainless steel automatic antimagnetic bracelet watch  Milgauss, Ref: 1019, Circa 1979
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