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ROLEX | REF 1019 MILGAUSSA STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC ANTI MAGNETIC WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1979

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15,000 - 25,000 USD
Sold
25,000 USD
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Description

  • REF 1019 MILGAUSSA STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC ANTI MAGNETIC WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1979
Dial: blackCaliber: cal. 1530 automatic movement, 26 jewelsCase: stainless steel, gilt dust cap, solid screw down case backCase number: 6164080Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding claspSize: diameter 37 mm, bracelet circumference approximately 160 mmSigned: case, dial and movementAccessories: Rolex presentation box with outer packaging and polishing cloth

Catalogue Note

The Ref 1019 Milgauss was first introduced in the early 1960s as a great departure from its predecessors, the Milgauss Ref 6541 and 6543 in both dial and case design.  The model 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. 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 to create a Faraday cage (a nonporous enclosure used to block electrostatic and electromagnetic influences).

For further information see: Skeet, M., & Urul, N., Vintage Rolex Sports Models, 2002, pp.90-94.

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