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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 1019
    Movement No: 866’711
    Case No: 2’623’236
    Model Name: Milgauss
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1580, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped "78360", endlinks stamped "580", max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Rolex service slipcase, service warranty, service invoice and service booklets

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Milgauss was first introduced in 1956 as the reference 6451, its sole innovation was that it was an antimagnetic wristwatch and it was designed for professionals who worked at power plants, medical facilities and research laboratories. The innovative breakthrough of the Milgauss was not just significant for the watch industry but also for the scientific community. The Milgauss solved a problem for scientist where watches prior to the Milgauss would be affected when the gauss was over 50 to 100. The Milgauss was tested by CERN and it could withstand magnetic fields up to 1000 gauss.

    The present example is a Milgauss reference 1019, first introduced in 1960 and produced for 28 years, ending its production in 1988. With already an established status and significance in the history of Rolex “tool” watches, this present example of the reference 1019, is offered to collectors with a chance to acquire an important part of Rolex’s innovative history.

  • 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 fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet, sweep center seconds, service booklets, service invoice and service warranty

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

HK$94,000 - 140,000 

Sold for HK$200,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019