In 1956 Rolex released the first generation Milgauss ref#6541 as pictured above. It was originally designed to be used by scientists and those working in areas where high exposure to magnetic fields was a concern, as the watch was designed and guaranteed to resist magnetic forces of up to 1,000 oersted. Earlier this year in January, The Rolex Milgauss 6541 sold at auction by Phillips for CHF’s 179,000 or slightly over $180,000 USD.
Today the current Rolex Milgauss has become an iconic an cult watch within the collection. This current edition Milgauss is based more or less on the second generation Milgauss ref#1019. The difference being the dial options and the lightening bolt seconds hand was taken from the original Milgauss ref#6541. It was re-released back in 2007 and has done incredibly well. There are currently 4 different dial options on the current Rolex Milgauss including; black, white, green glass, and Z blue. I think it’s a wonderful piece. In 2012 I purchased the green crystal Milgauss and loved it! It was hyper elegant yet utilitarian and NOT your run of the mill Rolex. You have to be “in the know” about the Rolex Milgauss and it’s NOT for everyone either.
As much as I love the current Rolex Milgauss and enjoyed wearing it, I am absolutely blown away with this first generation Milgauss ref# 6541 ref from 1956 pictured above. It has all the elements I love. It looks similar to a Submariner from that time period but is very different. The case is stainless steel and 38mm in diameter. It has incredible dauphine hands, 8 circular indices, three triangular indices, a Rolex crown at the twelve o’clock position and the iconic lightening bolt seconds hands. The black bezel has a red upside-down triangle at the twelve o’clock position. It’s was originally fitted on a riveted oyster bracelet. The case doesn’t have crown guards and the crown is big. It’s like mating a Big Crown Submariner and a Rolex Milgauss together. Yet the look is quite modern and different from anything we have seen Rolex offer.
I think if Rolex made a modern day version of this watch it would be a home run! With all the technology and advances Rolex has made especially in the last 10 years, they could do a real nice job! It would respect the values of tradition while taking us into the future. Since Rolex has become more of a modern brand this watch fits perfectly because it was so well designed to begin with. Unlike the original Rolex Submariners that had gilt/gold writing and warmer gold tones this watch has all steel tones which makes it feel more futuristic. It would appease that wearer who wanted the look of a Submariner but wanted something totally different and original at the same time!