Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN Geneva Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 1019
    Movement No: M'885'684
    Case No: 2'455'975
    Model Name: Milgauss
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1580, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 382, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex punched guarantee, wallet, additional dial and hands.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1019 was introduced to the market as the successor of reference 6541 and 6543. While the new Milgauss retained its Faraday Cage in order to protect the movement from electromagnetic waves, the model also featured a fresh and modern update to its appearance such as a smooth bezel and modified dial layout.

    The present model is a rare and early example with square luminous dots, luminous indexes at 3, 6 and 9 as well as 1/5 hash markers around the dial. Only later examples would feature 1/2 hash marks. It is further characterized as a "rail dial" as the words "chronometer" and "certified" line up.

    Not only finding a "Milgauss" with this dial configuration is a difficult task but finding a model with both a silver and black dial as well as additional handset pushes this watch into the realms of almost unheard of territory.

    This watch is presented in excellent condition with sharp bevels, crisp edges and even retains its original factory sticker on the case back the fact that it is accompanied by its punched guarantee and additional black dial and hands present a unique opportunity that should not be missed.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 1019
A rare and attractive stainless steel antimagnetic wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee, additional dial and hands

Circa 1970
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for CHF56,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018