Find out why the black Rolex Milgauss stands out among the series! From the history to its specific features– we cover it all in this post!
There are a number of reasons the Milgauss has a large following. It’s one of the most unique Rolex models available, and those into horology appreciate the elements only found on this particular model.
We’ll take a look at these elements in a moment, but first a quick history lesson.
The Rolex Milgauss was conceptualized in the 1950’s specifically for scientists and engineers. They needed a watch to withstand the elements– magnetic fields, strong electrical currents, and powerful radiation, etc.
Rolex designed a special watch outfitted with a magnetic shield. This shield protects the watch up to 1,000 gauss. (Gauss is the unit of measurement for a magnetic field.) Hence the name-– Milgauss!
The early Rolex Milgauss models featured a rotating black bezel, a honeycomb pattern dial, and a signature lightning bolt seconds hand.
Fast forward to 2007, when Rolex released three new Milgauss versions:
- the white or black dial with a standard colorless sapphire crystal.
- the GV “Glace Verte” anniversary model with the tinted-green sapphire crystal and black dial
It’s THAT latter black Rolex Milgauss we’re discussing today!
Black Rolex Milgauss Features
The subtle, yet significant details are what really make this Milgauss really stand out.
The dial is of course a rich, black matte with interspersed orange and white hour markers. The luminescent orange hour markers are at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
It also showcases the iconic orange lighting bolt seconds hand.
A tinted green sapphire crystal produces nearly luminescent flashes at the bevelled edges. This scratch-proof and fade-proof crystal is available exclusively on the Milgauss.
It’s top secret and practically incapable of replicating. The manufacturing process for this special green crystal required years of development and takes weeks to produce.
This black Rolex Milgauss features the Oyster bracelet, which has been around since the 1930’s. Form and function combine to produce the metal bracelet with its broad, flat three-piece links.
To this day, the Oyster bracelet remains the most universal bracelet in the Oyster collection.
The Milgauss 116400GV is equipped with a 3131 movement, a self-winding mechanical movement exclusively developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like the original version, it incorporates state-of-the-art technologies that ensure exceptional resistance to magnetic fields.
Next, check out the official Rolex specs for the model:
Oyster, 40 mm Oystersteel
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Green sapphire, scratch-resistant
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Perpetual, mechanical , self-winding , with a magnetic shield to protect the movement
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Approximately 48 hours
Oyster, flat three-piece links
Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
Final Thoughts on the Black Rolex Milgauss (Reference 116400GV)
There’s so much to love about this model. We specifically enjoy the design aspects that pay tribute to the original Milgauss– lighting bolt seconds hand and the tinted green crystal. These unique features make it a great statement piece as well!
On the other hand, wearability plays a large role as well. This model will pair well with a multitude of looks, from daily casual wear to more formal attire.
Every Rolex collector needs a black Rolex Milgauss in their collection!
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