Throwback Thursday: Rolex Milgauss Ref 6541

Some watches are so rare that you are forgiven for not even being aware that they exist. Like this Rolex Milgauss reference 6541.

Rolex Milgauss Ref. 6541
The Milgauss was the very first watch to feature a soft iron container that enclosed the movement. Based on the principles of the Faraday cage it protected the movement from magnetic influences. That is also what makes this Rolex so unique. It was purpose build to serve in a very specialized environment at a time when technological progress was going through rapid advancements. Made in 1958, it was a watch made for engineers and scientists working in power plants and other facilities that have powerful magnetic fields.

Rolex Milgauss Ref. 6541
But it is not only the technical capabilities that make this Milgauss so special. It combines a honeycomb dial, with a turnable bezel and a seconds hand shaped like a thunderbolt. It gives the watch a sportive look, but visibly clearly different from for example a Submariner of the same period. Originally the Milgauss text on the dial was red, matching the red triangle on the bezel. However, time has faded it into a shade of pink, which further enhances the vintage look of this watch.

Rolex Milgauss Ref. 6541

It is to be believed that Rolex only made about 200 examples of the Milgauss reference 6541. That makes it a very rare and interesting watch for the discerning collector. Especially since also the movement was modified with the soft iron case, it is a Rolex unlike any other. While originally all business, in today’s world the honeycomb dial is a charming detail that enhances the vintage qualities of this watch. This is even amplified by the riveted Oyster bracelet. Beautifully aged, with just the right amount of patina, is this Rolex Milgauss reference 6541 not only a collectors dream, but also a testimony of the brand’s dedication to creating purpose built watches for professionals.


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