Rolex Milgauss - The Science of Time
The Rolex Milgauss captures the wonder of the atomic age. Introduced in 1956, this timepiece has been worn by the world’s most daring minds in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine. Featuring unparalleled precision the Rolex Milgauss is impervious to electromagnetic fields making it horology’s bold answer to a century of discovery and invention. Today, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss embraces the future of impeccable timekeeping.
The Milgauss Universe
Formed from mil, the French word for one thousand, and gauss, a unit of measurement for magnetic induction, the Milgauss name reveals the function of the watch: It is a professional tool resilient to magnetic fields up to a thousand gauss at a time. The incredible power of this timepiece, together with its miniscule parts, speaks of the scientific research of the last century and beyond.
The Oyster Perpetual Milgauss was conceived as a companion piece to scientists working at The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. More than a simple accessory, the Rolex Milgauss was crafted to endure punishing levels of magnetic interference while delivering perfect time to professionals working toward common goals.
Although ordinary wristwatches may falter when exposed to 50 to 100 gauss of magnetic density, the Rolex Oyster Milgauss runs smoothly under ten times that pressure. Thanks to its magnetic shield, the Rolex Milgauss became the first wristwatch to deliver incomparable levels of performance and reliability for scientists whilst also becoming a cherished original for collectors.
The new Rolex Milgauss has an unmistakable aesthetic, even among the brand’s illustrious collection. Featuring minimal lines and a substantial case crafted from polished industrial grade steel, the Rolex Milgauss watch champions its professional character. Yet, the distinctive orange lightning bolt second hand beckons the imagination to play, innovate, and achieve the impossible.
Finally, the Milgauss has a green sapphire crystal unique to this watch. The light green shade of the crystal is close to luminescent around the edges of the bezel which is scratchproof and fade-proof, and takes weeks to create. Most astonishing of all, this Rolex
exclusive is not patented, since the week long, secret process required to shape the crystal is simply too challenging for other watchmakers to even attempt. Unusual and challenging, this is Rolex craftsmanship and ingenuity at the highest level.
Inside the Milgauss by Rolex
Hidden within the case of the Oyster Perpetual Milgauss is an innovative shield of ferromagnetic alloy. It is specially crafted by Rolex watchmakers to surround the 3131 caliber movement, protecting its delicate architecture from magnetic disruption. The shield is engraved with the universal symbol for magnetic flux density, the capital letter ‘B’ with an arrow, though this detail will only ever be glimpsed by certified Rolex watchmakers.
For the oscillator, Rolex uses its own Parachrom hairspring to ensure the functionality of the watch’s most delicate architecture. Thanks to the ferromagnetic alloys that make up its fine length, the hairspring withstands changes in temperature, shocks, and magnetic fields.