Lot #3259 – Rolex Milgauss Green Sapphire Watch 116400GV

Estimate: $7,000.00 – $8,000.00

Stainless steel Rolex Milgauss wristwatch, ref #116400GV.  “M” serial indicating first serial issue.  Circa 2007 – 2008.  Black Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified dial with applied white and orange bar hour markers.  Orange thunderbolt seconds hand.  Green crystal.  Stainless steel smooth bezel.  Swiss made, automatic self winding movement.  Comes on a stainless steel Rolex bracelet with a Rolex Oysterlock buckle.  Accompanied by Rolex watch box, Rolex warranty card, and green Rolex hang tag with matching serial number.  Approximate diameter is 40mm.

Appears to be in unworn condition.  Running at the time of inspection, however not checked for accuracy nor water resistance/proofness.  An overhaul is always recommended for used watches.

The original Rolex Milgauss #6541 was introduced in 1956.  It had an antimagnetic shield known as the Faraday cage that diverted any currents or magnetic fields away from the movement.  The antimagnetic shield is located between the movement and the case back.  This shield allowed the Rolex Milgauss to withstand magnetic fields up to 1000 gauss.  It became the watch worn by CERN scientists, medical professionals, power plant workers, etc.  The Rolex Milgauss #1019 was introduced in the 1960’s.  The Milgauss was discontinued in 1988 only to be relaunched in 2007 as the Rolex Milgauss #116400.  There are four different dial versions and two different crystal versions, one being the “Glace Verte” (GV) aka green sapphire crystal.

In 1905, Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, founded their company Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd.  In 1908, they registered Rolex and became Rolex Watch Co Ltd in 1915.  After moving their headquarters to Geneva, Switzerland, the company name was changed to Montres Rolex S.A. in 1920.  Rolex introduced the first waterproof Rolex Oyster in 1926.  The following year, Mercedes Gleitze swam for 10 hours across the English Channel wearing a Rolex Oyster.  Rolex invented the first self-winding automatic movement with rotor in 1931.  Rolex watches became popular in the fields of aviation, motor racing, sports, and expeditions.  Some notable models are the Rolex Datejust, the Rolex Explorer, the Rolex Submariner, the Rolex GMT-Master, the Rolex Day-Date (aka “President”), the Rolex Milgauss, the Rolex Lady Datejust, the Rolex Deep Sea Special, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the Rolex Sea-Dweller, the Rolex Explorer II, the Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000, the Rolex Pearlmaster (aka “Masterpiece”), the Rolex Yacht-Master, the Rolex Yacht-Master II, the Rolex Deepsea, the Rolex Sky-Dweller, the Rolex Air-King, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, and the Rolex Cellini.

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Description

Brand:  Rolex
Model:  Milgauss Green Sapphire
Reference:  #116400GV or #116400 GV or #116400
Circa:  “M” serial.  Circa 2007 – 2008, early model.
Diameter:  40mm
Dial Color:  Black
Case Material:  Stainless steel
Bezel Material:  Stainless steel
Case Back:  Solid
Movement:  Automatic
Functions:  Hours, minutes, seconds
Band:  Stainless steel Rolex bracelet with Rolex Oysterlock buckle
Last Know Retail (Approximate):  NA

Brand

Rolex