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Important Watches, Collector's Wristw...

The Ritz-carlton Hotel, June 06, 2004

LOT 52

“Milgauss” Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, Ref. 6541. made in 1958. Very fine and rare, water-resistant, center-seconds, self-winding, anti-electromagnetic stainless steel gentleman's wristwatch.

C. three-body, polished and brushed, screwed down case back and crown, graduated black bezel, Faraday cage. D. “honey-comb” black soft iron with radium-coated round indexes and steel triangular markers. Radium-coated steel 'Dauphine' hands. M. Cal. 1080, rhodium-plated, 25 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring.Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 38 mm.

C. three-body, polished and brushed, screwed down case back and crown, graduated black bezel, Faraday cage.
M. Cal. 1080, rhodium-plated, 25 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring.Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 38 mm.

HKD 180,000 - 220,000

EUR 19,000 - 24,000 / USD 23,000 - 28,000

Sold: HKD 195,500


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3 - 6
Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3 - 5 - 05

Notes

Ref. 6541 The name 'Milgaus', combines 'Mil', meaning (a thousand), and 'Gaus', for the unit of measure of magnetism. A normal movement can withstand up to 70-80 Gaus; over that its working order becomes 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 the time of its creation were intolerable conditions for watches. This watch, with its dial, ring and the cover of its movement in soft iron, forming a Faraday Cage, brilliantly solved the problem