The scientist’s Rolex
Rolex is a watch brand known for purpose-built watches, with clear functionality, superb quality and addressed to a certain public. The sports watches have a recognizable design and often an extra clasp on the lock. Then there’s the Datejust, a dressy, practical and precise watch next to the presidential Day-Date which is the Flagship model. And then there’s the Milgauss, a watch which looks like a big Datejust with a domed bezel and a strange seconds hand.
In the 1950s there was a group of professionals which had difficulty with timekeeping in their working environment. Think about environments like power plants, research labs and medical facilities. The one thing these places all have in common? The presence of an electromagnetic field. This affects the functionality and precision of mechanical watches, there was no way to do reliable time measurements in these locations since the movement was always disordered, until 1956 when this watch was introduced with a movement built with antimagnetic materials. This was a big technological breakthrough for both Rolex and science.
In 1988 Rolex discontinued the Milgauss for nearly 20 years until 2007, when the model was resurrected. This piece is the most ‘fresh’ with its snow-white dial, a glossy big oyster case and the funky orange details.
Cool, good looking, the right brand and a great story, this modern Milgauss is like new and ready for some more timekeeping. We’re located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam.