ROLEX | MILGAUSS REF 6541, RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC ANTI MAGNETIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1959
MILGAUSS REF 6541
RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC ANTI MAGNETIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
Dial: tropical honeycomb
Caliber: cal. 1066 automatic, 25 jewels, soft iron cover
Movement number: DN903318
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back and crown
Case number: 412351
Closure: stainless steel Rolex bracelet with folding clasp
Dimensions: 37 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Movement: running at the time of cataloguing but untested for timekeeping
Dial: later hands, the dial has faded to an even warm brown colour. Lume plots all present, some of the lume plots flattened out and not rounded in shape
Case: bevels to the front are still visible, the back of the case and screw down back are heavily dented and scratched. The stretched bracelet has folding clasp stamped 1969
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
The reference 6541 'Milgauss' was launched in 1954 and 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). The dial of this reference is made of webbed laminated copper to protect the movement from the magnetic fields, which collectors refer to as a 'honeycomb' dial.
For many aficionados, the dial is the most important part of a Rolex. It is reflection of the soul of the watch and expresses its character and charm.
The dial of the present lot is incredibly attractive for two reasons;
The first one is the "Milgauss" signature that is conspicuous by its absence. Indeed, there is no mention of it underneath the "Oyster Perpetual" signature. While collectors usually prefer to have more inscriptions on the dial than fewer, the omission of the name of the model places this example in an even much rarer category than a standard 6541, with less than a handful of pieces known to exist.
Secondly, the original black colour of the dial has turned to an even and attractive tropical brown , making it truly unique and extremely appealing.
This present lot, kept for generations within the same private family, is an incredible and exciting discovery for the international market.