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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 116400GV
    Case No: M865’419
    Model Name: Milgauss
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3131, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Oriental Watch Co., LTD. Hong Kong dated 23rd October 2008, instruction manual, product literature, hang tags, green card holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • 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 example Rolex Milgauss ref. 116400 GV with a black dial from circa 2008 is offered in excellent overall condition and is complete with its full set of accessories.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 116400GV
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with “thunderbolt” center seconds, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2008
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$32,000 - 48,000 
€3,500-5,200
$4,100-6,200

Sold for HK$88,200

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021