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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2008
    Reference No: 116400GV
    Case No: M654163
    Model Name: Milgauss
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3131, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated June 2008, wallet, tag, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With a decorated history in the lineage of professional Rolex tool watches, the Milgauss was first introduced to the world in 1956 via the ref. 6541. Designed as an antimagnetic wristwatch for professionals working in power plants, medical facilities and labs, the watch was able to withstand magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss as well as being the chosen timepiece worn by scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.

    In 2007, Rolex released the Milgauss ref. 116400 to replace its former long-lived ref. 1019. Bearing the same principle as all previous Milgauss references, the movement is protected by a metal cage. Paying its rightful homage to the ref. 6541, the ref. 116400 features an orange “thunderbolt” center seconds hand. Furthermore, what is notably interesting is that the ref. 116400 features a green tinted sapphire crystal giving the reference an entirely unique appeal. Till today, it is the only Rolex model ever produced to feature a tinted sapphire crystal.

    The present watch is in virtually liked-new condition with plastic stickers still present on the caseband, caseback and clasp on the bracelet. It is furthermore offered as a "full set" with its Rolex guarantee dated June 2008, wallet, tag, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • 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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From the Guido Mondani Collection


Ref. 116400GV
A highly rare and attractive antimagnetic stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

CHF5,000 - 10,000 

Sold for CHF12,700

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024