Retailed by Fourtané: Milgauss, Ref. 116400V Stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet Circa 2009
Property of the original owner
Retailed by Fourtané:
Milgauss, Ref. 116400V
Stainless steel antimagnetic wristwatch with bracelet
Calibre: cal. 3131 automatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 31'234'621
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: V’566’448
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 40 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 205 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex guarantee card, instruction manual, COSC hang tag, numbered hang tag and presentation case with outer packaging
MVT: is running at the time of cataloging.
CASE: is in fair and honest condition with sharpness to the edges. It presents some visible wear with scratches and small dings throughout. The bracelet presents some visible wear with scratches throughout.
DIAL: is in great condition.
Please note: Condition 16 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
The first Milgauss reference 6541 was launched in 1956 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 gauss (gauss being a measurement for magnetic induction), which is also the explanation for its name. Magnetic fields can affect a watch's accuracy at just 60 gauss and at 100 gauss a regular watch will normally 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).
In 1960, shortly after the initial reference 6541 was released, the Milgauss received its only major update during the 20th century with the introduction of the reference 1019. The new model was equipped with a smooth bezel, new hands and new indexes. Not as successful as other models, Rolex stopped the production in 1988 and only re-launched the Milgauss in 2007 with the present reference 116400. With the new Milgauss, Rolex brought back the attractive lighting seconds hand though this time in a bright orange. It also included some orange color elements on the dial, such as the model name or depending on the dial the numbers on the outer track and the luminous indexes at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. Arguably the most innovative addition was the green-tinted sapphire crystal which gives the watch a futuristic and scientific touch.
The present lot was bought at the luxurious and famous retailer Fourtané in the beautiful Californian beachside town Carmel-by-the-Sea. It is offered by its original owner and as a complete set with all accessories including warranty card and presentation case with outer packaging.