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The Rolex Milgauss was built for scientists, engineers and anyone who appreciates a tough and stylish timepiece. In the 1950s, many scientists and engineers working with magnetic fields would find their watches unable to function properly. In 1956, Rolex came up with a solution: the Rolex Milgauss.
With a shield made from ferromagnetic alloys protecting the movement from electromagnetic surges, the Rolex Milgauss is able to withstand magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss. This also happens to be where the name is derived, combining gauss with mille, the French word for one thousand.
Although there were other antimagnetic watches at the time, they could seldom withstand over 200 gauss at most. Rolex collaborated with particle physics laboratory CERN to test this watch before releasing it to the public, eventually getting it to the level where it could reliably withstand that magic 1,000 gauss. This put Rolex far and above the best option for anyone working around magnetic fields. Once again, Rolex was unrivaled with its watchmaking ingenuity.