A rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 1019
    Movement No: M711869
    Case No: 2'015'877
    Model Name: Milgauss
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1580, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 160 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 580
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 83
    Dimensions: 37.5 m. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1019 with black dial, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 183.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Milgauss was first introduced to the market in the 1950s, designed for use in areas of high electro-magnetic radiation, such as research labs or power stations. The influence of radiation on a watch results in losing time keeping accuracy, so Rolex introduced the 'Faraday Cage' to counter the effects of radiation. The cage is an inner iron case that shields the watch movement from outside energy.

    Reference 1019 was introduced after reference 6541 and 6543. The present watch features a rare matte black dial, and is preserved in very original and crisp condition.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    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 wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet

勞力士,罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針,"Milgauss”,型號1019,1970年製

1970
37.5 m. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$130,000 - 200,000 

sold for HK$162,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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