Focus On The Essential Characteristics Of Diving Watches From The Inside And Outside

Case: The case of a diving watch is generally relatively thick. The case and lugs are integrally formed from a single piece of metal, rather than assembled from multiple parts. In terms of design, it is relatively simple, and there are few complex geometric figures or multi-faceted designs. In the past, most diving watches were stainless steel cases. In recent years, titanium and ceramic materials have become popular, which has become a major attraction of diving watches.
    Dial: The design of the dial and needle of the diving watch also needs to be concise and reduce unnecessary functions. At the same time, the shape of the hands and scales must be as conspicuous as possible, and a set of special-shaped hands such as Mercedes-Benz hands, arrow hands, and geometry have gradually formed Unique dial design routine consisting of graphic time scales. In order to enhance the watch’s underwater and dark environment, many dive watches use a black dial to contrast the fluorescent coating.
    Table mirrors: Diving watches generally use thicker mirrors to increase their pressure resistance. Arched mirrors used to be standard on early dive watches, especially some of the Navy’s heritage dive watch series, such as the Blancpain 50 that had been equipped with the French diving unit and the Panerai that had been equipped with the Italian Navy. Nowadays, whether the watch lens has a strong protrusion is no longer a key factor determining the performance of a diving watch, it can only be regarded as a retro design element and a brand of the times.
   Bezel: The bezel of the diving watch is mostly a unidirectional rotating bezel with a fluorescent scale, which can help the diver to record the remaining oxygen in a countdown manner. Just turn the bezel counterclockwise to turn on the countdown function. When the bezel returns to its original position, it means that the oxygen is depleted. Before that, you should dive in for ventilation. The bezel of some diving watches is made of curved sapphire crystal glass and metal, such as Blancpain 50 search. Also made of high-tech ceramics, such as Rolex Submariner and Chanel’s J12 Marine.
    Crown: The diving watch basically uses a screw-in crown with excellent water resistance and a thick shoulder to prevent touching the crown and misoperation during exercise.
Strap: Diving watches mostly use stainless steel or rubber straps with folding safety clasps. There are also more retro canvas-like fiber straps and pin buckle designs.

Green And Blue For Both Rolex Milgauss Watches

The legendary Rolex Milgauss begins with a unique and rare lightning-shaped second hand. This unusual design is one of the most recognizable and popular features of early Rolex antimagnetic watches, not only by the original The scientific community of the target group is highly respected and has attracted more fans for the latest products of the Milgauss series.

   The Milgauss watch was born with a lightning-shaped second hand and is still preserved today. However, in the second iteration, Ref. 1019 adopted a straight needle design. Consumers’ interest in Milgauss watches gradually faded, resulting in the final decision of Rolex to stop production. In the UK, retailers have found it difficult to find buyers, and they use Milgauss watches as bargaining chips to sell other more popular models. Yes, at some point you can get a Rolex Milgauss watch for a very low price.

When it came out, the Milgauss watch seemed unpopular, but those days have passed
Go back in time
   The Milgauss Ref. 6541 was introduced in 1956 and is equipped with a soft iron inner case. It is one of the earliest watches that can accurately move time when exposed to strong magnetic fields. In fact, Ref. 6541 is the second Milgauss watch, the first is Ref. 6543 (apart from the number). Ref. 6543 is produced in very small quantities and has few similarities to subsequent models.
   Initially, the design of the Milgauss was very similar to another professional Rolex submarine model, which was known for its water resistance rather than its anti-magnetic properties. Like the submariner, the Milgauss is equipped with a stainless steel oyster case (technically biased), a graduated bezel (which can be rotated), a bubble hour marker (specific position), and perhaps (in the eyes of a collector) the most important- Single row of red letters showing the name of the watch.

An early Milgauss Ref. 6541 watch

   Like earlier Rolex divers’ watches, the original Milgauss watches are now mostly valuable. Not because Milgauss was one of the earliest mainstream antimagnetic watches, but because of its rarity. In fact, the proportion and overall design of Milgauss’s case is approaching perfection. Moreover, it is also an important part of Rolex’s history.
   Milgauss watches are designed and manufactured by Rolex and are tested in a 1,000 Gauss magnetic field environment a few miles from the watch factory. Participants came from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), who had the brightest minds in Switzerland. Before belonging to others, Milgauss watches were theirs first.

A Milgauss Ref. 1019 watch with a straight pin design

   In the 20th century, Rolex made only one important iteration of the Milgauss watch, namely the Ref. 1019 introduced in the 1960s. The Milgauss Ref. 1019 has undergone considerable improvements, most notably a smooth bezel, new hands and hour markers. The second hand is switched to a vertical design, and the red tip echoes the single row of red letters ‘MILGAUSS’. This improvement is critical. Ref. 1019 is divided into two dial styles (excluding test models without fluorescent materials), black or silver, no longer decorated with honeycomb patterns. Although Ref. 1019 is 38 millimeters in diameter and generous, it has never really found a friend. In 1988, Rolex finally gave up production.
Modern Milgauss watch (and Z-Blue electro-optical blue watch)

The Milgauss Z-Blue electro-optic blue watch gives the collection a new look

   Almost 20 years after removing it from the catalog, Rolex re-launched the Milgauss in 2007 and made a courageous decision (and perhaps had to). For a long time, Rolex is known for making subtle improvements. This time, the brand chose one of the simplest products and added vivid colors to it. The new model Ref. 116400 returns to the lightning-shaped second hand design. The neat but slightly icy case is paired with bright orange hands, and the minute track and hour indexes are decorated in the same color. Perhaps the most controversial change was the introduction of the green sapphire crystal. Rolex calls it ‘Glace Verte’ (green glass) and claims that the brand has no patent rights because the material is too difficult to manufacture.

From the hands, dial to mirror, almost every element of this watch has a brilliant brilliance

   Then, in 2014, Rolex added another blue dial, which made many people lose their minds. For the first time, Milgauss watches can not only be retailed, but also appear in higher-level channels. All of this is due to the blue dial, which Rolex calls ‘Z-Blue.’

Oyster bracelet with brushed and polished links

The case is elegantly curved and polished
   To be clear, this watch is not technically different from other Milgauss Ref. 116400. The watch is equipped with a traditional 40mm Oyster case (polished) and a 904L stainless steel Oyster bracelet (brushed and polished). It is equipped with an independent Caliber 3131 movement and has been tested by the Swiss Precision Timepiece Testing Center (COSC). Equipped with Parachrom balance spring (made of niobium-zirconium alloy) and paramagnetic escapement wheel (made of nickel-phosphorus alloy) to ensure anti-magnetic performance. The Caliber 3131 self-winding movement has a power reserve of approximately 48 hours and powers all modern Milgauss watches (and the new Airmaster watches).

This is a downright, robust Rolex Oyster

   The changes in the dial configuration are also minimal. In fact, what Rolex does is to make a slight improvement on a solid foundation. Stick hour markers, Chromalight fluorescence (adding another subtle hue), bright orange minute tracks, and the words ‘Milgauss’ are preserved. New watches are very different from antique watches, but they seem to be more popular.

Milgauss Z-Blue electro-optical blue watch with screw-in crown, water-resistant to 100 meters

   The only real new feature of the Milgauss Z-Blue is the dial. When the watchmaker wants a different taste, blue is a convenient choice. It’s more versatile and casual than traditional black, white, and silver without being paranoid and weird. But this blue is a bit unusual because it comes from Rolex, which develops and enforces its own code of conduct. In fact, this is a metallic blue. Depending on the light and angle, the blue of the satin dial will change to green.