Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1980
    Reference No: 1019
    Movement No: m711'929
    Case No: 6'159'019
    Model Name: Milgauss
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1580, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster, stamped 78360, end links stamped 580, max. length 205 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant clasp, stamped N9 78360
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and bracelet signed. Caseback further stamped III.68
    Accessories: With Rolex punched guarantee, presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the early 1960s, the newly introduced Rolex Milgauss reference 1019 replaced the original two versions: references 6541 and 6543. Significantly thinner than its predecessors, it was manufactured until 1990 and was available only in stainless steel.

    The name Milgauss is derived from the Greek terminology for thousand, "Mil", and “Gauss”, representing the unit of measure for magnetism. It was designed primarily for engineers and laboratory workers who were constantly surrounded by high electromagnetic fields. A typical watch movement is able to endure 70-90 gauss, whereas the reference 1019 can withstand up to 1000 gauss with no affect on timekeeping accuracy.

    This watch is fitted with a black matte dial and polished bezel. This example is in exceptional original condition, as it retains the sharp edges and beautiful bevels as it did when it originally left the factory. The green Rolex sticker still found on the caseback suggests that this watch was rarely worn. Accompanied by its original presentation box and punched guarantee, it is a great find for any watch aficionado.

  • 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 anti-magnetic wristwatch with centre seconds, black dial, original guarantee and box

37mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement and bracelet signed. Caseback further stamped III.68

CHF18,000 - 26,000 

Sold for CHF43,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm