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    Sale 2392

    Important Watches

    29 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2907

    ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CENTRE SECONDS, AND SILVERED DIAL

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, MILGAUSS, CASE NO. 1618647, REF. 1019, CIRCA 1968

    Price Realised  

    ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CENTRE SECONDS, AND SILVERED DIAL
    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, MILGAUSS, CASE NO. 1618647, REF. 1019, CIRCA 1968

    Cal. 1580 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, mono-metallic balance adjusted to temperature and 5 positions, gilt metal anti-magnetic cap, the silvered brushed dial with applied luminous baton numerals, outer 1/5th minute divisions, luminous hands, red tip to the centre seconds, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw down crown and screw back, together with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.


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    US$19,000-32,000
    EUR14,000-23,000

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    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.


    Pre-Lot Text

    MILGAUSS

    Rolex launched the Milgauss model, the reference 6541, during the early 1950s. The model was protected against high electro-magnetic radiation and came in response to a demand from clients working in areas such as research laboratories and electro-engineering environments.

    The Milgauss is one of the most distinctive of all Rolex Sports models, the reference 1019 was the last "tool" watch designed for a specific activity to be made by Rolex. In production between 1966 and 1984, the model is only available in stainless steel. Rather unfortunately, in the end the demand never caught up with the supply and by the end of the 1960s, another model with the reference 1019 was only available by special order. Though the Milgauss appeared in the catalogues up until 1986, production was ceased in 1984.

    Milgauss, derived from the Greek word "Mil" for thousand, and "Gauss" is the unit for measuring magnetism. A typical standard watch movement can usually withstand 70-90 Gauss whereas the Milgauss keeps its incredible precision in a magnetic field up to 1,000 Gauss.