The Milgauss name has been around since the mid 1950s, a watch that was developed for scientist / engineers with a passion for fine wristwatches. It was first introduced as Oyster Perpetual Milgauss, an unusual twist from the their usual Rolex lineups.. In case you might be wondering what does the word Milgauss means, it actually came from the French word mille Gauss. Mille Gauss named after physicist Kari Friedrich Gauss (where Gauss is used to measure the strength of magnetic field), means that the watch can be protected from magnetic field from up to 1,000 Gauss. There are a few models of the Milgauss today, which includes the black & white dial and recently, the Rolex Milgauss Z Blue Dial 116400GV. In our Rolex Milgauss Review today, we will focus on Milgauss Rolex 116400GV.
Rolex Milgauss Review – Milgauss Rolex 116400GV
The Milgauss watch was reintroduced in 2007 as Milgauss Rolex 116400GV, a huge gap from 1988. And it was this revival that brought the Milgauss name back to the game, together with some other competitor such as Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra.
This could be a consequence of the rise of our modern technology, and as a result, more and more scientists (and generally everyone today) are more exposed to magnetic fields. Despite magnetic fields are not visible to our eyes and are generally not harmful to our human bodies, they can affect the accuracy of our mechanical watches. If you think about it, we are surrounded by high-tech devices from televisions, to sound systems and many new electrified appliances. So see a need for a Milgauss Rolex 116400GV yet?
But wait, if you take a step back, how much Gauss does it take to affect our watch? To give you a piece of mind, our normal mechanical wristwatches can keep their accuracy (around + / – 15 to 30 seconds) even when exposed to magnetic field of around 50 Gauss. So this Milgauss Rolex 116400GV watch is really more targeted to give our scientist / Engineers of today a piece of mind and assurance. Of cause the Milgauss good looks has played a part for keeping its’ long lasting audience.
Rolex Milgauss Review – Milgauss Rolex 116400GV Dial
Milgauss Rolex 116400GV is using oyster perpetual case and has a simple dial with great symmetry. The same case design are used for The Submariner and The Explorer models. Oyster Perpetual Milgauss case was partly due to the engineering of the Milgauss watch to ensure that the movement is shielded as much as possible. Which also explains why there is no date display as well.
The Milgauss Rolex 116400GV has a polished 904L steel (quite different from their normal oyster perpetual case), and sits on a 40mm case. On the black dial, The markers at 3, 6, and 9 are orange-filled, while the hour markers are filled with white Super-Luminova that shines green. At the Milgauss’s 12 o’clock marker, is the iconic Rolex logo with the words Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss below it.
One of the most iconic feature of the Milgauss is perhaps the unique lightning bolt hand that is painted orange. The Rolex Milgauss 116400GV further stood-out from other watches by their green line circling around the dial.
Rolex Milgauss Review – Milgauss Rolex 116400GV Case
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV case is housed by a “Faraday Cage”, which is formed by ferromagnetic material that shields the movement from magnetic fields. This ‘cage’ has two parts to it, a container and a cover that is tightly screwed to it. The container seals the movement from the dial side, while the back cover seals the movement side.
As you can see from the above picture, the shield inside the casing is labelled a magnetic flux density (an arrow and a letter B).
Rolex Milgauss Review – Milgauss Rolex 116400GV Movement
Milgauss Rolex 116400GV Movement is running on the in-house automatic Caliber 3131. Although hidden from view by the solid case-back, it is surprisingly decorated if you open it up. The power reserve is 48 hours and it can also be wound manually by unscrewing the non-protected but flat crown.
Apart from the protection from the casing Rolex also used blue parachrom hairspring which increases resistant by 10 times.
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