Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Jun 01, 2024

LOT 236


HKD 130,000 - 200,000

EUR 15,500 - 23,800 / CHF 15,100 - 23,200 / USD 16,700 - 25,600

Sold: HKD 175,000

A very fine and rare, self winding stainless steel anti-magnetic wristwatch with silver dial and centre seconds.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex

Model Milgauss

Reference 1019

Year circa 1971

Movement No. M612933

Case No. 2433392

Bracelet stainless steel Oyster bracelet (7836/280) with deployant clasp stamped 71, approx. total length 185mm.

Diameter 37 mm.

Caliber 1580

Signature dial, case and movement


The Rolex Milgauss, particularly the reference 1019, has had a significant and multifaceted impact on the watch industry and collector community. Introduced in 1960s, initially designed for a niche market of scientists exposed to high magnetic fields, the watch is capable of withstanding up to 1000 gauss of magnetism, its creation underscored Rolex’s commitment to producing purpose-built watches for specific professional needs. Despite its technical prowess and unique design elements, the Milgauss 1019 was not initially a commercial success, leading to its discontinuation in 1988. However, its rarity and the story behind its creation have driven its desirability and value in the vintage market.

The presented example remains in excellent condition, with a strong case showing some light scratches from wear. The original silver dial is preserved in excellent condition, with all luminous elements intact and having turned to a warm yellow colour.