Milgauss, the first Rolex that can withstand powerful magnetic fields
The Oyster Perpetual Milgauss watch was introduced by Rolex in 1956. The model is initially intended for scientists who, during their work, are exposed to strong magnetic fields that can strongly impact the precision of their timepiece - even, in some cases, causing the movement to stop.
The Milgauss is capable of withstanding an electromagnetic pressure of 1000 gauss (standard watch models usually withstand a pressure of 50 to 100 gauss). It is this exceptional performance that will inspire the Geneva manufacture to name the collection (Milgauss for thousand gauss).
The scientists of the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), based in Geneva near the Rolex factory, were the first to use the Milgauss. The watch soon became a worldwide reference for all professionals requiring a watch with a mechanical shield. In 1989, the production of the model is interrupted but the Geneva manufacture relaunches the collection in 2007 with an even more successful watch.
Milgauss: an iconic luxury watch
The Rolex Milgauss watch resists electromagnetic pressure thanks to a specific inner protective screen. This screen, which is similar to a second case, consists of two elements each designed in a different ferromagnetic alloy. The actual case of the watch is made of 904L steel. In 2007, the watch's manufacture caliber 3131 is equipped with the blue Parachrom balance spring component to enhance its antimagnetic protection.
Despite its strong scientific heritage, the Milgauss quickly won over watch lovers and collectors with its sporty and elegant atypical lines. Its case, distinguished by the presence of an orange second hand in the shape of a lightning bolt (a distinctive sign already present on the original model) has been adorned since 2007 with a pretty green sapphire crystal that adds a refined touch to the reference.
The Milgauss Rolex also has the particularity of being waterproof to 100 meters. The original model, reference 6541 produced until the 1960s, is today a highly sought-after piece by collectors and lovers of fine watchmaking. Find on Cresus Milgauss Rolex watches certified by our experts as well as all the other emblematic collections of the Geneva manufacture: Rolex Datejust d'occasion, Rolex Day-Date d'occasion, Rolex Air King.