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Rolex Milgauss - The watched designed for scientists

The Rolex Milgauss is a line of wristwatches by the Swiss luxury watchmakers Rolex. The Milgauss was designed with the scientific community in mind and is higly resistant to magnetic interfernce. This antimagnetic property is highly useful for professionals that work in power plants, medical facilities, and research labs where electromagnetic fields can cause issues with the timing of a watch. The realbility of precision of Rolex is at such a high level that many scientists working at CERN in Geneva wear a Milgauss on their wrists.


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The first Rolex Milgauss was released in 1956, designed specifically for the scientific community. As mechanical watches failure to perform when exposed to an electromagnetic field greater than 50 to 100 gauss, those working in power plants, medical facilities, research labs, and other such places found it impossible to have a watch accurately keep the time. Rolex saw the gap in the market for an antimagnetic watch and began developing a watch that would withstand an electromagnetic field of 1000 gauss. In fact, this is where the Milgauss was derived, mille being French for one thousand. The Rolex Milgauss was the first of its kind and has been worn by scientists working at CERN in Geneva.

The original Milgauss has a design similar to that of the Rolex Submariner, with a large case and bezel with a riveted Oyster bracelet. The Rolex Milgauss sold modestly throughout the 1960s and 1970s, with production halting in the late 1980s due to the watch's relatively low sales and popularity. However, these original Milgauss models have become very valuable in the vintage watch market, due to their rarity. A vintage Milgauss recently sold for over 32,000 USD at auction in 2009.

In 2007, Rolex brought the Milgauss out of retirement as the model number 116400. There are currently four designs of the Milgauss on sale, with Rolex presenting two new versions with an electric blue dial and green-tinted sapphire glass in 2014. Due to the Milgauss' internal magnetic shield, the watch is significantly thicker than other Rolex models. The Milgauss is only available in polished stainless steel that is resistant to scratches and corrosions. The Rolex Milgauss is the watch of choice for those working in the scientific community and those who appreciate the superior technology of Rolex.