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    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3438

    ROLEX, "MILGAUSS" REF. 1019

    STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC ANTIMAGNETIC BRACELET WATCH

    CASE T543353, MANUFACTURED IN 1996

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    ROLEX, "MILGAUSS" REF. 1019

    STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC ANTIMAGNETIC BRACELET WATCH
    CASE T543353, MANUFACTURED IN 1996

    Calibre 1580M, 26 jewels, satined silvered dial with luminescent indexes, aluminium hands, sweep centre seconds, three-part case, polished and satined, plastic crystal, screw-down case back, Twinlock crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet (ref. 78360), case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 38 mm.


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    US$20,000-30,000
    EUR15,000-23,000

    The MILGAUSS was designed for use in areas of high electro-magnetic fields found in laboratories and electro-engineering. One of the most distinctive of all Rolex Sports models, reference 1019 was the last "tool" watch designed for a specific activity to be made by the Genevan firm. In production from 1966 to 1990, the model was only available in stainless steel. Its name is derived from the Greek "Mil" for thousand and "Gauss", the unit to measure magnetism. Whereas a standard watch movement can withstand a magnetic flux density of 70-90 Gauss, the Milgauss is resistant to 1,000 Gauss and will remain precise in highly magnetic environments.

    In 2007, Rolex reintroduced the legendary model in three versions under the reference 116400 with a series of improvements and available exclusively in stainless steel. The "green crystal" version (see lot 3442) is today one of the most sought after modern Rolex's.

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