Rolex Milgauss : The first to defy magnetism

Rolex milgauss

One of the complications at the time of making watches are the materials, and at the beginning of this industry, one of the main problems was the influence of magnetism in the mechanisms of the watches, which caused malfunctions and mistakes with the time precision, so challenging magnetism was imperative for the watch industry to evolve.

Rolex, as a pioneer in the industry, was also a pioneer in this topic. Since the Rolex Milgauss was the first watch to solve the problem of magnetism, which at the time broke the market and has placed this model as one of the icons of said brand.

The problem of The Rolex Milgauss magnetism

As we well know, materials such as metal are used in most mechanisms, which have magnetic properties, and in case of exposing our watch to a magnet or being in some space on earth where magnetism is strong, the clock can go back or even go forward. This problem mainly affects mechanical watches, although there may also be problems with analog quartz machinery, which is why it is important to demagnetize our piece.

It was in 1956 when Rolex decided to innovate, presenting the first antimagnetic watch on the market, the Milgauss, which acquired its name from the measurement of the power of the magnets, which are called Gauss. This first model supported spends a thousand Gauss of magnetism.

A new release

This iconic model, whose first versions have become a sort of Holy Grail for collectors, launched three versions in 2007, the first with a white or black dial, depending on the customer’s choice, with a colorless sapphire crystal; the second version called GV Glace Verte and finally, the third with a black dial, called the anniversary model.

It is made of Oystersteel, which is one of Rolex’s patents, with a polished finish and a highly resistant surface, even in extreme conditions.

It was in that same year when the Milgauss caliber 3131 model with automatic movement was presented, with a new technology to avoid magnetic fields, especially in its mechanism, also having a Swiss chronometer certification, in addition to another certificate issued by CERN, the European scientific body that operates a particle physics laboratory, giving an idea of the quality of the Milgauss to avoid being affected by magnetism.

A bit of science

To achieve its ability not to be affected by magnetism, Rolex devised a case that emulated the Faraday cage, for this, they opted for materials such as beryllium, far exceeding 60 Gauss, the minimum measurement to consider a watch antimagnetic, that in the case of the Rolex Milgauss, as we mentioned before, it supports the thousand Gauss.

The first pieces of the Milgauss are among the rarest and most difficult to find, which is why it is so coveted by collectors, with its lightning-shaped second hand being one of the particular signs of this model.

Although this watch was designed for scientists and engineers, precisely for those who work at CERN, its design has been cataloged by many as a sports watch.

This model saw its manufacture interrupted for several years, being 2007, when the new models were presented, that the manufacture of the Milgauss was resumed, currently, this watch can be purchased, depending on the year of manufacture, from 13 thousand 300 to 55 thousand 700 Dollars.

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