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Rolex Rolex Milgauss ROL 737

Rolex Milgauss

Mint condition Rolex Milgauss 116400. It comes with box and papers including the warranty card. It was purchased from authorised UK dealers in 2008.The Milgauss was originally introduced in 1956, and re launched by Rolex 5 years after a period twenty years of dormancy. When introduced in 1956 it was designed to meet the demands of the scientific community and is capable of withstanding magnetic fields of 1,000 gauss. After rigorous testing by CERN engineers , it earned its reputation as the perfect magnetic shield. The Milgauss features an internal Faraday cage. The Faraday cage is an internal enclosure made of conducting material to protect the movement by blocking external static and non static electricity. In addition to the Faraday cage, a blue Parachron hairspring provides additional protection from the effects of magnetism. In addition to being completely insensitive to magnetic fields the Parachrom hairspring is much more shock resistant than normal hairsprings. These features protect the watch from magnetism and electrostatic discharges. Aside from its resistance to magnetic fields, the Milgauss' most unusual and distinguishing feature is its orange lightning bolt second hand, a unique feature in the Rolex lineup that was originally introduced in the 1956 models. This version is particularly nice as it is on the oyster bracelet with smooth steel bezel, white dial with orange primary hour markers and orange lightning bolt second hand. Large Rolex crown logo at 12 and Rolex signed winding crown. The crown is screwed down for water resistance, which is 100 metres or 330 feet.  Automatic winding Rolex movement. The watch comes with all of the original box set, wallet, chronometer certificate and hang tags. It is a full size gents watch. Width is 41mm excluding crown, 44 mm including crown and 46 mm lug to lug. Thickness is 12 mm.


Key Characteristics

Brand: Rolex
Band: Steel Bracelet
Case Material: Steel
Condition: Excellent
Movement: Automatic

Additional Product Details

Rolex SA was founded in 1905 by the German Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis. Contrary to popular belief, Hans Wilsdorf was neither Swiss, nor a watchmaker. Wilsdorf & Davis was the original name of what later became the Rolex Watch Company. They originally imported Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placed them in quality cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were then sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from the firm of Wilsdorf and Davis are usually marked "W&D" – inside the caseback only. Hans Wilsdorf registered the trademark name "Rolex" in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during 1908. The word was made up, but its origin is obscure. One story, which was never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the word "Rolex" came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning exquisite watch industry. The Wilsdorf & Davis company moved out of Great Britain in 1912. Wilsdorf wanted his watches to be affordable, but taxes and export duties on the case metals (silver and gold) were driving costs up. From that time to the present, Rolex has been headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, though the company owns facilities in other cities (Bienne, etc) and continents (North America, Asia, Australia, etc). The company name Rolex was officially registered on 15 November 1915. It is thought this change was part of a drive to popularize wristwatches, which at the time were still considered a novelty largely for women (pocket watches were more common). Wilsdorf was said to desire his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. The company name was officially changed to the Rolex Watch Company during 1919. It was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA. Rolex SA is a foundation initiated and originally funded by Hans Wilsdorf and the Aegler family. According to foundation documentation, the Rolex SA company can never be sold, nor traded on any stock market.