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Details & Cataloguing

Rolex
A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS ANTI-MAGNETIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET CIRCA 1968 REF 1019 OYSTER PERPETUAL MILGAUSS
• cal. 1580 automatic movement, 26 jewels, gilt metal anti-magnetic cap • black dial, applied baton numerals, luminescent markers and hands, centre seconds hand with red tip • Rolex Oyster anti-magnetic case, screw-down crown and case back • case, dial and movement signed • stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet • service documents dated 26 May 2005
diameter 37 mm
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Catalogue Note

The Milgauss was designed to be used by scientists and those working in areas where exposure to high magnetic fields was unavoidable. The watch was guaranteed to resist magnetic fields up to 1,000 oersted. Indeed, the word Milgauss means 1,000 gauss (gauss being a measurement for magnetic induction). Magnetic fields can affect a watch's accuracy at just 60 oersted, at 100 oersted the watch will no longer work. The Milgauss overcame the effects of magnetic fields by using anti-magnetic alloys and an iron movement cover.

For further information see: Skeet, M., & Urul, N., Vintage Rolex Sports Models, 2002, pp.90-97.

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