The original Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss showcases an over-sized case and steel bezel, with the Twinlock crown, and a riveted Oyster bracelet. The term Milgauss comes from the French word Mille, which means one thousand and gauss is a unit of gauging magnetic density. The Rolex Milgauss was originally known as the scientists luxury watch as the watch was originally designed for the people working in extreme electro-magnetic environments such as research labs, or power plants where magnetic forces can wreak havoc on the watches internal mechanisms. Rolex decided to take the challenge of designing a watch that could operate in an environment with high anti-magnetism properties, and after a period of development Rolex released the Milgauss watch. The world famous CERN laboratories in Switzerland were able to confirm to Rolex the resistance of the Rolex Milgauss to extremely powerful magnetic fields. In 1960, the second generation of Rolex Milgauss watch, the Oyster Perpetual Milgauss, was officially unveiled, the Rolex watch was equipped with Rolex Calibre 1580 movement and featured diamond laced the black-scaled steel bezel on the Milgauss, the steel hour markers of the Rolex Milgauss watches were also changed into rectangular steel markers. The last model of the Rolex Milgauss watch was discontinued in 1980 which marked the end of the whole Milgauss series of watches from Rolex. The iron case is designed to shield the steel dial and inside of the watch that is very sensitive to changes in magnetic pressures. A stainless steel Oyster Bracelet holds the iron shield which protects the delicate steel hands on the dial on the Rolex Milgauss. This shield of the Rolex Milgauss watch was originally made of ferromagnetic alloys, and the two components of this shield of the watch are first screwed to the Rolex movement then to the Rolex Oyster steel case. This original material for the shield was not quite to the standard that Rolex prides itself and the watches from the Rolex collection on. Rolex hence dedicated five years of research to finding the perfect material for the Milgauss watch, eventually Rolex found the blue Parachrom hairspring which proved to be 10 times less susceptible to shocks and unaffected by magnetic fields, as it is made from paramagnetic alloy, assuring the accuracy of Rolex watch no matter what environment one finds themselves in. With the passing of time, the Rolex Milgauss watch has witnessed several transitory phases marking many innovations in its making. In the recent years, the steel leaf shaped hands of the dial on the Rolex Milgauss watches have been replaced with steel Mercedes pattern hands. In 2007, Rolex reissued the Milgauss Oyster Perpetual Watch and there are currently three models of these watches: a white dial or black steel dial with a standard colorless sapphire crystal, and the GV (Glace Verte) or "Anniversary" model of the Rolex Milgauss watch, with black steel dial of a slightly different design and a green-tinted sapphire and steel bezel all on a stainless steel Oyster Bracelet. Since Rolex discontinued the production of the original Oyster Perpetual Milgauss watch the model has become increasingly popular in the vintage, antique markets with someone always looking to buy this Rolex watch.
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