Most Popular Replica Rolex Milgauss Z-blue Edition
The story of the Milgauss originated from its striking lightning-bolt shaped seconds hand. The unusually shaped hand is one of the most recognizable and desirable features of the original anti-magnetic Rolex. The one that was specially appreciated within the small scientific community for whom the watch was intended – and it’s what a much bigger group of enthusiasts enjoy about the newest model as well.
The Milgauss started with the lightning bolt hand, and has it today, but when the second iteration used a straight seconds hand, interest in the Milgauss dropped to the point where Rolex eventually made up his mind to stop producing it. In England, retailers found it so difficult to find buyers that they started using the watch as a bargaining chip when selling other more popular Oyster models. That’s right – at some point, you could get this watch for almost nothing.
The Milgauss might not have been a favorite when it first released – but those days are long gone. My own experience with the Milgauss is quite different. I began focusing on watches seriously around the same time the Milgauss was re-launched – in 2007 – and for a while, this was the replica Rolex I wanted to get. When I was very young, almost at the age of 18, I found anything that clearly distinguished me from my parents’ generation very appealing. The new, more down-to-earth, more colorful Milgauss and its electric seconds hand felt like a clean break from some of the other more traditional models made by the fake Rolex. In hindsight it was rather silly of me to think about any Rolex as being counter-culture. But that’s how I viewed the Milgauss.
The Rolex Milgauss replica was introduced in 1956, and it was one of the first wristwatches which is capable of keeping time precisely when exposed to strong magnetic fields thanks to its soft iron inner case. As a matter of fact, this was the second Milgauss, after this model which was a watch Rolex made in very small numbers, and which bears little similarities to subsequent models.
The design of the Milgauss originally very resembles to another professional Rolex model famous for its resistance to water, not magnetism. Just like the Submariner, the Milgauss was presented in an Oyster case made of steel, technically making it a sports watch, and just like the Submariner, it had a graduated rotating bezel, bubble indexes (in certain places), and perhaps most important of all (to collectors) a single line of red text indicating the name of the model.
Compared to the early versions of fake Rolex’s diving wristwatch, the original Milgauss now trades for some serious money, not because it was one of the first mainstream antimagnetic replica watches but due to its rarity, and the fact that it has aged well in terms of case proportions and overall design. Besides, it’s an important part of Rolex’s history.
Created and manufactured by Rolex, the replica watch was tested several miles from the watchmaker’s facilities against magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss by some of Switzerland’s most brilliant minds at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Before it was anyone else’s, this was their watch.
The Milgauss received only one main update during the 20th century – in the 1960s, when Rolex introduced that model. The new cheap watch presented quite a few changes, such as: the most obvious being a smooth bezel, new hands and new indexes, and a straight seconds hands ending in a red tip to echo the red “Milgauss” line of text. To be more important, the two dial variations were made (three if you count test models, which do not contain luminous material) in black or in silver, neither of them with the honeycomb pattern anymore. Despite its generous 38mm case, the Milgauss never really found an audience, and Rolex ultimately gave up on the watch in 1988. Something about it just wasn’t quite correct.