Rolex Milgauss 116400 White and Orange Dial Wristwatch
|Case Measurement||New Style Casing; 40.00 mm x 13.00 mm Thickness|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Bezel||Stainless Steel Smooth Fixed Bezel|
|Dial||White Dial With Orange Hour Markers and Luminous Hands; Orange Lightning Second Hand|
|Bracelet||Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet with Flip-Lock Closure|
|Size||Will fit a 7″ wrist|
|Box and Papers||Comes with Raymond Lee Jewelers Presentation Box and Warranty Card!|
A History of the Rolex Milgauss
If you haven’t noticed by now, Rolex began production of many of its watches for specific uses or unique type of professionals. The Submariner and Sea-Dweller were designed for divers. The Explorer was designed for adventurers who hiked the summits of the Earth. The GMT Master was designed for pilots and aviators who needed to navigate the skies in a time that global positioning system technologies did not even exist. With this in mind, the Rolex Milgauss was designed for people who worked in power plants, medical facilities, and research labs where electromagnetic fields could severely damage a watch. The Milgauss has been designed to have antimagnetic properties specifically for these types of people. Its first line of production began in 1956 under model number 6451.
Current models of the Rolex Milgauss are equipped with amagnetic alloy (Parachrom-Blue) hairspring and a movement encased by a magnetic shield, which is believed to made up of a high magnetic permeability material like Mu-metal or Permalloy. The name Milgauss is even derived from Latin – mille for one-thousand and gauss, the unit of a magnetic field. Literally, the name implies that it can withstand a magnetic flux density of 1,000 gauss.
The original model of the Rolex Milgauss was very similar in appearance to the Submariner. It had an oversized case and bezel, a Twinlock crown, and a riveted Oyster bracelet. The Milgauss went through only two different models, the 6541 and 1019, but it underwent numerous configuration changes before its discontinuation in 1988. The watch was extremely popular during the 1960s and 1970s and as a result, many vintage models fetch extremely high prices. Some records show that an original Milgauss sold for over $32,000 at a Tiffany & Co auction.
In 2007, Rolex brought back the Milgauss under model 116400. Three versions currently exist on the market: white or black dial with a standard colorless sapphire crystal, and the Glace Verte model with a black dial with a subtly different design and green tinted sapphire crystal. The Glare Verte model is the ONLY Rolex watch produced with a tinted crystal. Due to the watch’s antimagnetic mechanisms the Milgauss is thicker than a Submariner. The watch is available only in polished stainless steel, a material very resistant to scratches and damage. Another feature that makes the Milgauss quite distinctive is the lightning bolt second hand, a feature that Rolex introduced with the 6541 model. On average, the standard model fetches roughly $6,200 at or below retail, while the GV model fetches roughly $6,500 and selling above retail.
Antimagnetic watch properties – how do they work?
Are you wondering how a watch can be antimagnetic? Well, there are two methods to adding antimagnetic properties to a watch.
- The first way consists of using different alloys that are naturally capable of withstanding magnetic fields. Some of these alloys include Invar (which consists of iron, nickel, carbon, and chromium), G;ucydar (beryllium, bronze), Nivarox (iron, nickel, chromium, titanium, and beryllium alloy), or Elinvar, which is very similar to Invar. In the 1950s, Nivarox and Glucydur were most popularly used by watchmakers. In the 1960s and onward, watches that were produced with antimagnetic properties were manufactured with a Glucydur balance and Nivarox hairspring.
- The second way to add antimagnetic properties to a watch is by housing the entire movement inside a case made of a high conductive (permeable) metal. In addition, the movement can be covered by a soft-iron clasp to prevent magnetic fields from being formed inside the watch, which can also happen. Both methods are highly employed today to produce watches like the Rolex Milgauss.