The Rolex Milgauss is a long-running but lesser-known model that brings several exciting features and a unique look. It’s also a capable watch that should be on your list if you’re considering a new or preowned Rolex.
The Milgauss came about in the mid-1950s as a watch for scientists and engineers working near electromagnetic fields. Its unique construction allowed it to withstand magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss. Rolex redesigned the watch in 2007, bringing the now-iconic case shape and dial colors we know and love today.
The 40mm Milgauss offers 300 meters of water resistance and a screw-down crown. Its case is polished in many places, but the bracelet features brushed outer links for a neat contrast. It’s worth noting, however, that the Milgauss is a bit flashier than a Submariner or Explorer II, so it might not be for everyone.
At the same time, its COSC-certified movement delivers an accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day, and Rolex cases its movements for another round of tests to ensure supreme accuracy. Rolex’s 3131 movement offers a blue Parachrom hairspring and a power reserve of 48 hours.
Part of what makes the Milgauss so iconic today is its design, which stands apart from the rest of the Rolex catalog with fun and unique details. The lightning bolt seconds hand comes in bright orange, offering a strong pop of color and easy visibility in a range of lighting conditions. Dial colors over the years include white, black, and blue, with the latter option bringing a striking green crystal.
Though the Oyster Bracelet is the best and most obvious choice for Milgauss owners, the watch looks great on leather and rubber. Some companies offer matching orange rubber straps that accent the Milgauss’ orange seconds hand and polished case.
If you’re considering a Rolex Milgauss, DavidSW has you covered with a range of options. Take a look here for the currently available models.