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March 2021

Milgauss Rolex: the watch for scientists

The rich range of Rolex watches includes models conceived to address the needs of pilots, scuba divers and yes, even scientists. This is the case of the Rolex Milgauss, a watch specifically designed with men of sciences in mind. What makes the Rolex Milgauss stand out from all other Rolex watches and, more in general, other watches on the market? Let’s review together the story of the Rolex Milgauss to understand why this exceptional timepiece is otherwise known as the watch for scientists.

The Rolex Milgauss story, or the anti-magnetic watch

It is not widely known, but traditional mechanical watches fear magnetic fields. Indeed, 50 gauss are enough to alter the functions of a standard watch. With that in mind, let’s consider that many scientists, in their daily activities, often find themselves operating within magnetic fields that exceed 50 gauss. To address this concern, in 1956, Rolex showcased its Milgauss model, also dubbed by many the anti-magnetic watch (or, simply put in field-related jargon, magnetic watch). Indeed, the Rolex Milgauss can withstand without any damage magnetic fields as powerful as 1.000 gauss, hence the name of this famous timepiece. This model is particularly appreciated by the scientists of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (known as CERN) – which, as history has it, was founded in 1954, only two years before the Milgauss made its welcomed market debut.

The distinguishing features of the Rolex Milgauss

The Rolex Milgauss is made unique by a bell mounted inside its Oyster case. Manufactured with special iron-magnetic alloys, it withstands magnetic interferences. Over the years, the Rolex Milgauss has increasingly taken on more unique features, such as its distinctive lightening-shaped second hand.
Those who wish to purchase a Milgauss Rolex watch can choose from its two models, both made of Oystersteel, one with a blue dial and the other with a black dial. In both cases, the green-hued sapphire crystal glass improves dial legibility, is damage proof and does not fade overtime. No other Rolex watch features this exclusive element.

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