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Rolex Milgauss 116400GV Green Glass Black Dial
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV Green Glass Black Dial
AU$ 7,231
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Swiss Horology
 
UK
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL MILGAUSS GV
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL MILGAUSS GV
AU$ 10,220
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RIVIERAWATCH
48
FR
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
AU$ 9,633
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Luxury Bazaar
31
US
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
AU$ 9,764
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exclusive-chrono.com
108
NL
Rolex Milgauss Green Glass Black DLC Coated Stainless Steel...
Rolex Milgauss Green Glass Black DLC Coated Stainless Steel...
AU$ 13,765
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.11640...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.11640...
AU$ 9,838
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
331
DE
Rolex Milgauss 116400gv
Rolex Milgauss 116400gv
AU$ 9,463
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Mall of the Watch
348
MC
Rolex Milgauss Blu,Blue
Rolex Milgauss Blu,Blue
AU$ 9,084
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ROSSI OROLOGI s.r.l
22
IT
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV 40mm BLACK DIAL 2008 JUST SERVICED  3572
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV 40mm BLACK DIAL 2008 JUST SERVICED 3572
AU$ 8,326
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2100
IT
Rolex Milgauss White Dial Discontinued
Rolex Milgauss White Dial Discontinued
AU$ 6,887
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Swiss Horology
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss SS W/ Custom PVD 116400
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss SS W/ Custom PVD 116400
AU$ 11,099
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Phigora
63
US
Rolex Watch 116400GV blo Milgauss
Rolex Watch 116400GV blo Milgauss
AU$ 9,059
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Sea Wave Diamonds
54
US
Rolex Milgauss 116400
Rolex Milgauss 116400
AU$ 7,336
Free shipping
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Govberg Jewelers
126
US
Rolex Milgauss Ref-116400GV Stainless Steel Box Papers Bj-2015...
Rolex Milgauss Ref-116400GV Stainless Steel Box Papers Bj-2015...
AU$ 8,903
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Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.11640...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.11640...
AU$ 9,838
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
331
DE
Rolex Milgauss "Green Glass" 5 Year Warranty
Rolex Milgauss "Green Glass" 5 Year Warranty
AU$ 9,461
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Watch Club
11
UK
Rolex 116400GV  Milgauss Black Dial Stainless Steel
Rolex 116400GV Milgauss Black Dial Stainless Steel
AU$ 7,820
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K&S Watch & Jewellery
10
HK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss GV
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss GV
AU$ 8,630
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Filipucci Juweliers
267
NL
Rolex MILGAUSS White Dial
Rolex MILGAUSS White Dial
AU$ 8,292
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Avi & Co NY
22
US
Rolex Milgauss 116400gv Steel, Green Glas, 40mm
Rolex Milgauss 116400gv Steel, Green Glas, 40mm
AU$ 10,214
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Taleda
226
CH
Rolex stainless steel Milgauss
Rolex stainless steel Milgauss
AU$ 8,931
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
38
US
Rolex Vintage Milgauss 1019
Rolex Vintage Milgauss 1019
AU$ 34,067
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MASTROLORENZI S.A.S DI MATTIA MASTROLORENZI & CO.
46
IT
Rolex Milgauss Ref-116400GV Stainless Steel Papers Bj-2012
Rolex Milgauss Ref-116400GV Stainless Steel Papers Bj-2012
AU$ 8,146
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Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Rolex Milgauss Black Dial Domed Bezel Green 116400GV
Rolex Milgauss Black Dial Domed Bezel Green 116400GV
AU$ 10,790
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex Oyster Perpetual  MILGAUSS  Full Set
Rolex Oyster Perpetual MILGAUSS Full Set
AU$ 9,387
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Gioielleria LUCIANI dal 1955
 
IT
Rolex Milgauss - Men's - 2013
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Rolex Milgauss - Men's - 2013
AU$ 8,176
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV  (11617)
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV (11617)
AU$ 9,440
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Chronostore
92
US
Rolex MILGAUSS Green Sapphire Crystal Z-Blue Dial
Rolex MILGAUSS Green Sapphire Crystal Z-Blue Dial
AU$ 9,568
Free shipping
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Avi & Co NY
22
US
Rolex Milgauss 116400gv Steel, 40mm
Rolex Milgauss 116400gv Steel, 40mm
AU$ 10,214
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Taleda
226
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss NEW
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss NEW
AU$ 9,841
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Filipucci Juweliers
267
NL
Rolex Milgauss Steel Z-Blue 40MM Full Set 116400GV
Rolex Milgauss Steel Z-Blue 40MM Full Set 116400GV
AU$ 9,690
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M.J.WATCHES
45
BE
Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400 GV Box/Papiere/TOP 2015 LC100
Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400 GV Box/Papiere/TOP 2015 LC100
AU$ 9,069
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Chrono World
 
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Elektroblau Stahl Automatik...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Elektroblau Stahl Automatik...
AU$ 10,856
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
331
DE
Rolex Milgauss
Rolex Milgauss
AU$ 7,081
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Toner Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Milgauss Green glass black dial
Rolex Milgauss Green glass black dial
AU$ 9,766
Seller
Timepiece Bank
202
BE
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV BLUE 40mm JUST SERVICED 3486 NO PAPERS
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV BLUE 40mm JUST SERVICED 3486 NO PAPERS
AU$ 7,872
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2100
IT
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
AU$ 8,327
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GioiellerieDelCentro.com
12
IT
Rolex Milgauss 116400
Rolex Milgauss 116400
AU$ 8,229
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Govberg Jewelers
126
US
Rolex Milgauss Black PVD Coated Watch with Black Precious...
Rolex Milgauss Black PVD Coated Watch with Black Precious...
AU$ 13,765
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
12
UK
Rolex Milgauss Oyster Perpetual "Oman" Logo Blue Dial...
Rolex Milgauss Oyster Perpetual "Oman" Logo Blue Dial...
AU$ 15,898
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
65
CH
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
AU$ 9,084
Free shipping
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il duca orologi srl
12
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.116400GV
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.116400GV
AU$ 10,583
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
331
DE
Rolex Steel 40mm Milgauss Black Luminescent Dial 116400 model
Rolex Steel 40mm Milgauss Black Luminescent Dial 116400 model
AU$ 8,287
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Austins Watches Inc.
86
US
Rolex Milgauss 2 Year Rolex Warranty
Rolex Milgauss 2 Year Rolex Warranty
AU$ 7,731
Free shipping
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Watch Club
11
UK
Rolex Milgauss Z-Blue NEW Ref. 116400GV
Rolex Milgauss Z-Blue NEW Ref. 116400GV
AU$ 9,879
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Steiner Maastricht
51
NL
Rolex Milgauss VETRO VERDE 116400GV 08/2014 art. R1209
Rolex Milgauss VETRO VERDE 116400GV 08/2014 art. R1209
AU$ 8,933
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Stroppiana SRL
209
IT
Rolex Milgauss 116400V
Rolex Milgauss 116400V
AU$ 8,229
Free shipping
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Govberg Jewelers
126
US
Rolex Milgauss
Rolex Milgauss
AU$ 8,630
Seller
GARCÍA JOYEROS
16
ES
Rolex Milgauss
Rolex Milgauss
AU$ 8,479
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MUST'S srl
 
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss GV
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss GV
AU$ 8,630
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
267
NL
Rolex Milgauss Blue 116400GV
Rolex Milgauss Blue 116400GV
AU$ 9,084
Seller
Bonanno Gioielleria
60
IT
Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400 (RO3112)
Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400 (RO3112)
AU$ 7,570
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Cavour Orologi Srl
72
IT
Rolex Milgauss Steel 116400(All factory stickers in place)
Rolex Milgauss Steel 116400(All factory stickers in place)
AU$ 10,072
Free shipping
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ChronoEdge
58
UK
Rolex Milgauss Z-Blue Ref. 116400GV
Rolex Milgauss Z-Blue Ref. 116400GV
AU$ 9,009
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
51
NL
Rolex Milgauss VETRO VERDE 116400GV COME NUOVO 09/2015 art. R136
Rolex Milgauss VETRO VERDE 116400GV COME NUOVO 09/2015 art. R136
AU$ 9,084
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
209
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss 116400
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss 116400
AU$ 7,591
Free shipping
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Govberg Jewelers
126
US
Rolex 2017 SS Milgauss Blue Dial  w/ Card, Dealer Tags &...
Rolex 2017 SS Milgauss Blue Dial w/ Card, Dealer Tags &...
AU$ 8,287
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Austins Watches Inc.
86
US
Rolex Milgauss 2011 116400 GREEN GLASS 40mm  3695
Rolex Milgauss 2011 116400 GREEN GLASS 40mm 3695
AU$ 8,326
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2100
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Blue NEW
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Blue NEW
AU$ 9,841
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
267
NL
Rolex Milgauss DLC Brevet + Stahl 116400
Rolex Milgauss DLC Brevet + Stahl 116400
AU$ 13,475
Seller
CologneWatchCenter
111
DE

Milgauss: The Anti-Magnetic Watch

The Milgauss watch by Rolex was specifically designed to withstand magnetic fields. However, thanks to its streamlined design and orange lightning bolt second hand, it appeals to more than just researchers and engineers.

Highlights

  • Shielding system against magnet fields
  • Distinctive second hand shaped like a lightning bolt
  • 904L stainless steel, 40-mm case
  • COSC-certified, in-house automatic caliber
  • Waterproof to 100 m (10 bar)

Shielding Against Magnetism Since 1956

The Milgauss stands out due to its anti-magnetic properties. A special balance spring and a soft iron cage around the movement protect the watch from any magnetic fields. It premiered in 1956 with reference number 6541. Today, these original models are extremely rare and sell for very high prices. The Milgauss was originally designed for scientists and other professionals who often work near strong magnetic fields. Rolex didn't need to look very far from their own backyard: The nuclear research center CERN, where such conditions are the norm, was founded in 1954 with its headquarters in Geneva. The first Milgauss was meant to withstand 1,000 gauss, giving the watch its name. The strength of magnetic fields is measured in gauss, named after the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss. Production of the model stopped in 1988, but began again in 2007.

Buying Advice

Are you looking for a Rolex with a special extra quality? The Milgauss is a simple, sporty stainless steel watch with a lot going on inside: This unique watch features a soft iron cage to shield it from magnetic fields. With its mid-size diameter of 40 mm, Rolex quality, and conservative, timeless design, it easily proves its worth.
You have the choice between a white, black, or blue dial. All newer Milgauss models have the iconic lightning bolt second hand.
A new Milgauss costs around 6,500 euros. A pre-owned Milgauss, however, is not necessarily less expensive. Well-maintained watches with reference number 1019 from the 1960s sell for around 20,000 euros. This price appreciation demonstrates that a newer Milgauss could very well be a solid investment.

Buying Tips

  • Around 6,500 euros for new models with reference number 116400GV
  • Rare vintage watches with reference number 1019 and 6541 run in the five-figure range
  • Some vintage models feature a straight second hand (no lightning bolt form)
  • Significant increases in value are expected for newer models

Magnetism Affects Precision

Magnetic fields pose a serious danger for watches' accuracy. Most of all, the balance spring is susceptible to deviation. This doesn't only apply to a certain work environment, either; even everyday use can cause deviations. The German watch manufacturer Sinn tested around 1,000 of their watches and determined almost 60% were magnetized. Half of them had serious errors due to the magnetic fields. Everyday items such as speakers and garage door closers contain strong magnets and could cause these issues. The same applies to electric motors, which is why locomotives and trams also experience this problem.

Non-Magnetic Balance Spring and a Soft Iron Cage

One of the most important anti-magnetic measures Rolex has taken in the modern Milgauss models is the Parachrom balance spring. The manufacturer introduced it in 2005 after a five-year development period. The blue spiral is made of a zirconium-niobium alloy with an oxide coat and is not influenced by magnetic fields. A soft iron cage is another defense against magnetism. It fully surrounds and protects the movement following the principles of a Faraday cage. This cage is made of a special mixture of alloys kept secret by Rolex. The anti-magnetic inner cage of the Milgauss is made up of two parts, which the watchmaker screws together after placing the movement within it. There are openings for the hands and the crown.
According to international standards set by ISO, a non-magnetic watch may only deviate by +/- 30 seconds per day after being exposed to a magnetic field of 60 gauss. With resistance up to 1,000 gauss, Rolex's watch easily fulfills this requirement. Its precision is far more exact than demanded by the ISO standard, as it only deviates by +/- 2 seconds a day. Thanks to its incredible accuracy, the Milgauss is also certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

Automatic In-House Caliber

The in-house movement 3131 powers the Milgauss. The automatic caliber has a 48-hour power reserve and vibrates at 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz). The 3131 premiered together with the new version of the Milgauss in 2007. The central second hand can be stopped so the watch can be set to an exact reference time. The 3131 is closely related to caliber 3135, which powers the Sea-Dweller with a date display. A date display would create a hole in the Milgauss' shielded movement and damage the cage. Therefore, this feature was purposefully not included.

Waterproof to 100 m

The Milgauss has a mid-size diameter of 40 mm and is therefore a good companion for thin or larger wrists. The case is made of 904L stainless steel. Rolex considers this type of steel to be particularly tough and noncorrosive. There's no need to fear being near the water when wearing a Milgauss either, as it's waterproof to 10 bar (100 m, 328 ft). It can be worn while swimming and snorkeling. Its Twinlock crown system uses two rubber gaskets to keep water from seeping into the watch.
A polished bezel surrounds both the green sapphire glass and dial, which is available in either black, white, or blue. All of the hour indices on the white dial are in orange. Only three, six, and nine are colored orange on the black dial, while the rest are white. The blue dial features entirely white indices. A characteristic mark of the Milgauss is its orange lightning bolt second hand. This extra unmistakable touch stands out on the otherwise streamlined watch.
Similar to its case, the Milgauss' three-piece link bracelet is also made of 904L stainless steel. The band is a so-called Oyster bracelet, named after the Oyster Perpetual. Rolex introduced this bracelet in the late 1930s for various collections. It features a polished center link with brushed outer links. The bracelet can easily be extended 5 mm by the Easylink system and adjusted to fit your wrist.

Anti-Magnetic Alternatives

Other brands have tackled the challenge of creating anti-magnetic watches. Omega has succeeded particularly well, especially with their Aqua Terra > 15,000 Gauss from the Seamaster collection. Together with the Swiss Federal Office of Metrology (METAS), Omega introduced a new certification in 2014. Every watch that could withstand magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss was labeled as "Officially Certified" by METAS. IWC developed the Ingenieur Automatic watch, which can withstand magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss thanks to its soft iron cage. Sinn's 756 series, on the other hand, can only withstand fields up to 756 gauss. Today, brands are using more and more non-magnetic components to build their anti-magnetic watches.

Comparable Watches from Omega, IWC, and Sinn

From Specialized to Everyday

Rolex's Milgauss was originally designed in the 1950s for a small group of specialized users. Today, it's one of the most sought-after, expensive, and rare vintage watches on account of its small production run. You should expect to pay a five-figure sum for well-maintained watches from this time. Newer Milgauss models run in the four figure range. Deviations caused by magnetic fields aren't uncommon. The Milgauss combats this problem with its non-magnetic Parachrom hairspring and soft iron cage around the movement. With its stainless steel case, reserved design, and lightning bolt second hand, it's perfect for everyone looking for a subtle, yet exceptional, Rolex.