Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 –⁠ 18 July 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A Selection of Pure Vintage/Contemporary Timepieces and Rare Jewels. Our first auction with Davide Parmegiani.

Session 1 starting at 3 p.m.
Session 2 starting at 6 p.m.

153 Rolex A rare and extremely well preserved Rolex Milgauss reference 1019 in stainless steel with bracelet and full set invoice

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 33,800

Lot Description

Model: Milgauss
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 1019
Year: 1979
Case N°: 6137005
Caliber: 1580
Movement N°: M023325
Bracelet: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 37
Signed: Dial, Case and movement
Accessories: Papers

The Rolex Milgauss is one of those watches with a very fascinating story behind it and it’s often considered one of the most avant-garde models ever produced by the brand with the crown. The Milgauss was designed for use in areas of high electromagnetic fields found in laboratories and electro-engineering, thanks to the use of a “bell” made of soft iron which, acting as a “Faraday cage”, isolates the gauge from any external electromagnetic field. This also explains the origin of the name which is “Mil” for thousand and “Gauss”, the unit to measure magnetism. The very first model was released in 1954 and was the reference 6543 but the first to use the “bell” was the well known 6541 characterized by the iconic thunderbolt hands for the seconds and the honeycomb dial. In 1963 this reference was replaced by the also renowned reference 1019, such as the present watch, until its discontinuation in 1988. The graduated bezel gives way to a simple smooth one, while the movement is a caliber 1580. The dial is available in two-color variants: silver with a “scratched” finish or, such as the present watch, black. Preserved in like new old stock condition, this watch is sold full set with an original letter from Gioielleria Tamburini in Rimini. The tonneau-shape case is untouched such as the original Oyster bracelet; the black matte aluminum dial has applied baton numerals with luminous accents and luminous hands and it’s absolutely enchanting.