“A fine timepiece is a part of dressing like a gentleman. When I first made a little money, I bought my first watch which was a Rolex… It was just one of those things that said I was successful.” – Brian McKnight
Are you a Rolex watch pundit? If so, have you heard of the Milgauss by Rolex? Do you know where it fits in the Rolex watch universe?
Rolex, the brand: A brief History
The brand, Rolex, was first established in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf in London. His motto and raison d’etre for founding a watch business was to sell the finest quality Swiss-made timepieces. In 1908 he branded these watches as Rolex watches.
Rolex is now based in Geneva, Switzerland. And, in 1916, it presented the Oyster watch, the first watertight and dust-tight watch case. The watch imitates the oyster’s ability to filter micronutrients out of the water through its gills. In the same way, the Oyster watch keeps water out of its internal movement.
To further prove that the Oyster watch was waterproof, Hans Wilsdorf asked swimmer Mercedes Gleitze to wear the watch during her significant crossing of the English Channel in 1927. As a result of the watch’s ability to withstand water and dust, Wilsdorf placed an advert on the Daily Mail’s first page. And, a brand was born. However, Wilsdorf did not stop there. He continued the development of an automatic watch. And, “in 1931, Rolex introduced the automatic movement with a unidirectional rotor winding mechanism.”
The Milgauss: A succinct description
Fast forward to today. Rolex continues to utilise its inventive genius and creativeness to develop new watches like the Milgauss.
The Milgauss, as an engineering marvel, was first introduced to Rolex’s clientele in 1956. It is designed as a scientist’s watch. In other words, it stands up to the rigors of “working around electromagnetic fields.” And “it is capable of withstanding magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss and became known for being worn by scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.”
It is truly a remarkable timepiece.
Reasons why you should invest in a Milgauss
Finally, let’s consider several reasons why you should invest in a Milgauss by Rolex:
The Milgauss’s ability to withstand electromagnetic fields.
As described above, this watch is designed to withstand electromagnetic fields. Therefore, if you work the scientific or hyperphysics field, this is the watch to buy.
As an aside, the reason why this timepiece is resistant to magnetic interference is because the movement is shielded by a ferromagnetic alloy case.
Revolutionary technology and purpose built
There is no doubt that the brand, Rolex, emphasises providing a solution to a specific set of circumstances. Before the Milgauss’s development, people who worked in niches where a standard watch was negatively influenced by the magnetic fields around them, just had to accept that they could not do anything to prevent their watches from being negatively affected. The Rolex engineers, however, found a solution to the problem.
Therefore, even if you do not work in an electromagnetic environment, the Milgauss is still worth purchasing, for no other reason than to appreciate its revolutionary technology.
The Milgauss is tough
Rolex watches, including the Milgauss are manufactured to withstand the toughest conditions. Apart from the ferromagnetic alloy case, the Milgauss’s movement uses special lubricants that can withstand extreme temperatures. Therefore, the watch’s internal movement will never seize in sub-zero conditions.
It is interesting to note that, according to Christies.com, an “Oyster Perpetual chronometer… accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on the first summit of Mount Everest in 1953.”
And, it still “survives in working condition today, [housed] at the Beyer Watch and Clock Museum in Zürich.”
The Milgauss is an investment and holds its value
The Milgauss, as with all other Rolex watches, retains its value over time. It is well known that amongst luxury watches, the Rolex holds its value the best. This is because of the brand value, the quality of the materials used, and the level of craftsmanship exhibited during the watch’s manufacturer.
Every Milgauss tells a story
The Rolex Milgauss epitomizes success. And, Rolex is synonymous with positive and successful people like Roger Federer, Tim Henman, and James Cameron. It takes on the persona of success and helps the wearer become successful because they believe in the brand and in themselves whilst wearing a Rolex watch.