Rolex Vintage Milgauss Models
If there's one thing Rolex excels at, it's catering to the watch needs of high-powered professionals who want nothing less than the best.
Rolex offers timepieces for everyone from scuba divers to race car drivers to pilots. In addition to the more well-known Submariners, GMTs, and Daytonas, the Milgauss, which has one of Rolex's most fascinating genesis stories, is also proof of this.
The History of Rolex Milgauss
In the 1950s, if technicians wore a watch to work, they would have to be extremely cautious, as magnetic forces over 50 Gauss could permanently damage a mechanical watch. Substantial rate variations are almost unavoidable after the escapement or oscillator is magnetized, and even a full stop is possible.
Rolex saw this as a potential to create a highly durable watch that could easily compete in today's fast-paced environment. The selection is also understandable, given that the Rolex Submariner and Rolex Explorer were debuted just three years prior, two watches that epitomize their respective genres. As a result, the choice to create a unique watch for scientists was a no-brainer.
The First Milgauss
The original Milgauss had a rotating bezel and an Oyster case, and it almost appeared like a Submariner at first glance. However, there were some minor changes between the models.
Hexagon pattern dial, arrows and dots indicators, vivid red MILGAUSS name across the dial, and the (now) distinctive lightning bolt seconds hand were all part of this watch's design features.
The Second Milgauss
The Milgauss ref. Rolex introduced 1019 in the 1960s. However, the Milgauss connection isn't immediately apparent because this model appears so different from its predecessors.
Attempts to improve the Milgauss ref.1019's design failed miserably in mass production. For those who don't remember, the complete Milgauss line of Rolex watches was canceled in 1988.
The Third Milgauss – Relaunch
The Rolex Milgauss was relaunched in 2007 to connect with the opening of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator. It was available in three different variants.
First and foremost, the watch is made of steel and belongs to the company's Professional Collection.
Secondly, the new releases have enough eccentricities and innovations to let them stand out from the crowd in a highly competitive industry.
And last but not least, the Z-Blue replaced the white dial Rolex Milgauss in 2014. One of the most brilliant watches in Rolex's whole collection, this model includes a sunburst dial of electric blue and green sapphire crystal.
To Sum it Up
One of the unique Rolex models is the Milgauss, which features vivid orange accents, a sapphire crystal, and a seconds hand in the shape of lightning bolts.
Oyster Perpetuals with bright and entertaining dials prove that today's shoppers are entirely on board with Rolex watches that aren't afraid to stand out from the crowd.
If Rolex does produce a new stainless steel Milgauss in 2022, it will almost certainly be one of the most anticipated timepieces of the year.