Hong Kong, May 28, 2022

LOT 159


HKD 160,000 - 260,000

EUR 19,300 - 31,400 / CHF 20,300 - 32,900 / USD 20,400 - 33,200

Sold: HKD 212,500

Very fine and rare, self-winding stainless steel anti-magnetic wristwatch with silver dial and center seconds.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-8-01

Very good

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex

Model Milgauss ‘Cern Dial’

Reference 1019

Year circa 1967

Movement No. M711979

Case No. 1618647

Bracelet Rolex stainless steel ref 7206 rivet bracelet with 58 endlink, length 190 mm. (approx.)

Diameter Ø 38 mm

Caliber 1580

Signature dial, case and movement


The ROLEX MILGAUSS REF. 1019 was manufactured as an anti-magnetic wristwatch from 1966 until the 1980’s for use by particle researchers and members of other professions which encounter high levels of magnetism. Most watches will be affected by magnetism at around 40 gauss (a unit of measure for magnetism); the 1019 remained accurate at 1000 gauss. Hence the name MIL (one thousand) Gauss. The model underwent several dial variations. The first examples had Rolex in smaller print and Milgauss larger; later the word Rolex was larger. The early versions were offered with either a black or silvered dial with luminous hands and outer dots. Later examples, available with silver or black dials, had luminescent material applied directly to the hour markers. This dial variation is thought to have been created in conjunction with the CERN particle research facility headquartered outside Geneva; it was designed without any luminescent material. The present example preserved in very nice condition with very rare CERN dial, inclined bezel, soft iron gilt metal antimagnetic protecting cap forming a Faraday cage, screw-down case back and crown, inner case stamped II.67.