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Important Collectors' Wristwatches, P...

Geneva, Hotel Noga Hilton, October 16, 2005

LOT 11

“Milgauss” Rolex Oyster Perpetual "Milgauss", Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, Ref. 1019. Made in 1970. Fine and rare, anti-magnetic, water-resistant to 50 m, centerseconds, self-winding, stainless steel gentleman’s wristwatch with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet.

C. Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, gilt metal anti-magnetic protecting cap forming a Faraday cage. D. satiné silver with tritium-coated steel baton indexes. Tritium-coated tapered steel "Bâton" hands. M. Cal. 1580, rhodium-plated, 26 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions and temperature, shock-absorber, self-compensating free-sprung white metal Breguet balance-spring, microstella regulating screws. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 37 mm. Thickness 14 mm.

C. Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, gilt metal anti-magnetic protecting cap forming a Faraday cage.
D. satiné silver with tritium-coated steel baton indexes. Tritium-coated tapered steel "Bâton" hands.
M. Cal. 1580, rhodium-plated, 26 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions and temperature, shock-absorber, self-compensating free-sprung white metal Breguet balance-spring, microstella regulating screws. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 37 mm. Thickness 14 mm.

CHF 15,000 - 20,000

EUR 10,000 - 13,000 / USD 12,000 - 16,000

Sold: CHF 25,300


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

Ref. 1019 Production of this reference started in 1966. The name 'Milgauss', combines 'Mil', meaning (a thousand), and 'Gauss', for the unit of measure of magnetism. A normal movement can withstand up to 70-80 Gauss, but over that its working order is compromised. Most good watches resist magnetic fields of 60 to 70 Gauss, but the 'Milgauss' keeps its astounding precision in magnetic fields up to 1000 Gauss, which, until its creation, were intolerable conditions for any watch. Yet with its dial, ring and the cover of its movement in soft iron forming a Faraday cage, Rolex created a model which brilliantly solved the problem. Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855) German astronomer, mathematician and physicist. Author of important works on celestial mechanics, geodesy, magnetism, electromagnetism and optics. Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English chemist and physicist, known for his pioneering experiments in electricity and magnetism, he considered the greatest experimentalist who ever lived. Many of his concepts, derived directly from experiments, such as lines of magnetic force, have become common ideas in modern physics. Gauss A magnetic induction unit, symbol g in the C.G.S. system. A similar watch is published in 'Collezionare Orologi da Polso Rolex' new edition, by Osvaldo Patrizzi, Guido Mondani Editore Genova, p. 263.