Ultimate Rolex Milgauss Watch Buying Guide

ARTICLE DATE 05/08/2024

Ultimate Rolex Milgauss Watch Buying Guide

 Rolex Milgauss: a must-have in your watch collection


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Pre-owned Rolex Milgauss in stainless steel with white dial.

Introduction to the Rolex lineup, featuring the GMT-Master, Datejust, and the Milgauss with its unique green sapphire crystal.

For over a century, Rolex, alongside IWC, has stood as the pinnacle of Swiss watchmaking excellence, a name that resonates with connoisseurs and collectors around the globe. At GrayandSons, we understand the allure of owning a piece of horological history, which is why our extensive collection of used Rolex watches has become a destination for discerning enthusiasts.


Founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex has consistently pushed the boundaries of the watch industry, crafting timepieces that seamlessly blend technical mastery with timeless elegance. From the legendary Oyster case, the world's first waterproof wristwatch, to the revolutionary Perpetual rotor for self-winding movements, Rolex's achievements have revolutionized the industry.

 Among their iconic creations, the Milgauss occupies a unique position, a timepiece born from Rolex's relentless pursuit of excellence. Introduced in 1956, this watch was engineered to withstand powerful electromagnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss, making it an indispensable tool for scientists and engineers operating in environments where traditional watches would falter.

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Used Rolex Milgauss Z Blue in stainless steel case


The Origins of the Milgauss and its Impact on the Watch Industry alongside the influence of the IWC's lineup on watchmaking.

In the mid-20th century, as scientific exploration and technological advancements were rapidly reshaping the world, Rolex recognized the need for a timepiece that could withstand the intense electromagnetic fields found in laboratories and research facilities. This realization gave birth to the Milgauss, reference 1019 included, a watch designed specifically for scientists, engineers, and those working in environments where powerful electromagnetic forces were present.


Named after the French word "millégauss," which translates to "thousand gauss," a unit of measuring magnetic induction, the Milgauss was a testament to Rolex's commitment to innovation and their ability to create solutions for even the most demanding conditions.

The key to the Milgauss's magnetic resistance lies in its ingenious construction. Rolex's engineers employed a pioneering system, akin to a Faraday cage, that encased the movement within a soft iron inner case, shielding it from the disruptive effects of magnetic fields. This groundbreaking technology, featuring the Parachrom hairspring which is a staple of modern Rolex innovations, allowed the watch to maintain its precision timekeeping, even when exposed to magnetic forces up to 1,000 gauss – a level that would render most watches inoperable. 

While the Milgauss was initially conceived as a tool watch for scientists and engineers, its striking aesthetics and unique design elements quickly captured the attention of watch enthusiasts worldwide. With its distinctive lightning bolt-shaped seconds hand, which Rolex dubbed the "Thunderbolt" hand, and the vibrant orange seconds track on the dial, the Milgauss stood out as a bold and instantly recognizable timepiece.

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Used Rolex Milgauss with black dial and green crystal in stainless steel


A Captivating Blend of Form and Function

At first glance, the distinctive dial of the Milgauss commands attention with its iconic lightning bolt seconds hand and vibrant orange accents. This bold design, combined with the robust Oyster case and unique bezel, creates an unmistakable visual language that sets the Milgauss apart from other Rolex models like the Explorer and Rolex Submariners.


Experience the unmatched precision and enduring quality in each part of this pre-loved Rolex watch; it’s evident in everything from the meticulously crafted hour markers to the sturdy steel case that defines resilience. The delicately brushed case and bracelet, along with the complex inner workings, are all testament to a relentless dedication to excellence. This steadfast adherence to superior craftsmanship means that even a previously owned Milgauss watch maintains its extraordinary elegance and worth.


Whether you dream of making a statement with a Pre-owned Rolex Milgauss with distinctive hour markers and green sapphire crystal. or seek a durable used Rolex watch for daily wear, this timepiece represents the pinnacle of Rolex's fusion of style and engineering excellence. Its captivating aesthetics and technical capabilities make it a grail for collectors and a must-have for any discerning enthusiast.


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Pre-owned Rolex Milgauss in stainless steel with black dial and unique bezel design.


Evolving with the Times: Modern Milgauss Models

The new Rolex Milgauss, a stainless steel Rolex emblematic of the brand's commitment to excellence, stands out in the once-considered stagnant watch industry. This version of the Milgauss, known as the scientists' watch due to its resistance to magnetic fields, revives an old favorite.

Rolex also released a black dial version without the green crystal, and a white dial version, enhancing its traditional aesthetic. The first Milgauss was a pioneer, but the two Milgauss watches available today—including a standard black dial and an electric blue dial—underscore its status as one of Rolex's most popular watches ever. Yet another Milgauss iteration features a 38mm steel case, clear hands and hour markers, and the notable lack of a date function, solidifying the Rolex Milgauss as one of the most distinctive Rolex watches ever crafted. For those interested in further exploring this iconic line, recommended articles may also delve into how Rolex revived and was able to replicate such a unique design. Now considered a highly sought-after Rolex for sale, the Oyster Perpetual Milgauss is an antimagnetic watch that could serve as a benchmark in design for those at the European Organization for Nuclear Research due to its ferromagnetic components that shield its movement from magnetic interference. 

The bright orange hour and minute hands, along with orange lighting on the markers, provide striking visibility against the blue dial, encapsulating the watch’s ability to merge functionality with a bold aesthetic. While staying true to its origins with iconic models like the 1019, Rolex has continuously enhanced the Milgauss collection to cater to modern tastes, ensuring its pre-owned and used Rolex watches, equipped with features like the caliber 3131, remain highly coveted. Each iteration introduces thoughtful updates, such as the integration of the caliber 3131 movement, while preserving the iconic design elements that make the Milgauss a timeless classic. 

One of the most significant evolutions came in 2007 with the Milgauss 116400. This contemporary model featured a sleeker 40mm case design, perfect for both professional and casual wear. The distinctive green-tinted sapphire crystal, echoing the gv model's green sapphire, paid homage to the watch's scientific heritage while enhancing legibility, making it a prized addition to any collection of pre-owned Rolex timepieces.

In 2014, Rolex unveiled the Milgauss 116400GV, combining technical prowess with a touch of luxury. Boasting a striking green crystal and seconds hand against the black dial, this used Rolex watch created a captivating contrast. Crafted from Rolex's proprietary 904L stainless steel, it offered exceptional durability and corrosion resistance, making it an ideal pre-owned companion for adventurers.

More recently, the 2020 Milgauss Z-Blue 116400GV brought a fresh, contemporary aesthetic to the collection. With its mesmerizing blue-tinted crystal and seconds hand, this Rolex model exuded modernity while maintaining the line's iconic design codes. Cutting-edge technologies like the Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers, hallmarks of the modern Rolex watch industry, further elevated this used Rolex's precision and magnetic resistance.

Whether you seek a classic pre-owned Rolex Milgauss with green sapphire crystal or one of the bold, modern iterations, GrayandSons.com offers an exceptional selection of used Rolex watches from this coveted line. Each timepiece combines heritage, functionality, and style, including elements like the distinctive green sapphire and unique markers, making the Milgauss a true grail for collectors seeking the perfect addition to their arsenal. 

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For over 43 years, we at Gray and Sons have specialized in dealing pre-owned luxury watches from brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Cartier, as well as estate jewelry from Tiffany & Co., Bvlgari, and others. Most items are restored to like-new condition, unless preserving originality is desired. Our ever-growing inventory, characteristic of the modern Rolex era, is updated daily with pieces acquired from customers worldwide, including Rolex Submariners and Explorers. Customers can request a free monthly catalog showcasing our eclectic inventory which now features an expanded section for pre-owned modern Rolex watches including the GMT-Master with rotating bezel. Additionally, we offer a straightforward process for customers to sell us their jewelry, watches, diamonds, and sterling silver through our lineup. SellUsYourJewlry.com, known for its expansive collection including the Datejust and GMT-Master watches. platform, ensuring a smooth and rewarding experience. 

What is the History of the Rolex Milgauss?

The Rolex Milgauss was first introduced in 1956 and is renowned for its magnetic resistance, initially designed for scientists and engineers working in environments with strong magnetic fields. Its name derives from the unit of magnetic flux density, 'Gauss,' with the watch being able to withstand up to 1,000 Gauss. Over the years, the Milgauss has seen several updates, including different dial, bezel, and marker designs. The history of the Rolex Milgauss is also marked by the discontinuation of the Milgauss 1019 watches in the late '80s, but the model was revived in 2007 with the introduction of the 116400GV, featuring a unique green sapphire crystal.

What Makes the Rolex Milgauss Unique Among Rolex Watches?

The Rolex Milgauss stands out in the Rolex lineup primarily due to its antimagnetic properties. Unlike typical mechanical watches, which can be affected by magnetism, the Milgauss can withstand magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss. This capability is mainly due to a Faraday cage which protects the movement. Additionally, its unique aesthetic features, such as the lightning bolt seconds hand and the option for a green sapphire crystal, add to its distinctiveness among Rolex models.

What Are the Key Features of the Rolex Milgauss?

The key features of the Rolex Milgauss include its magnetic field resistance up to 1,000 gauss, attributed to its Faraday cage construction protecting the caliber 3131 movement. This watch also boasts a 40mm oyster case made of stainless steel, available with different dial options such as the black dial, white dial, and z-blue. The distinctive lightning bolt seconds hand is another iconic feature. Moreover, select versions come with a green sapphire crystal, notably the 116400GV model.