Many vintage Rolexes that are considered extremely rare and valuable today were initially quite unpopular when they were first released. One particular Rolex Milgauss series stainless steel case watches so unwanted by its owner, that it was actually returned to the store from which it was purchased; today, that watch is worth a quarter of a million dollars. Here is its story.
As electricity became a standard presence in work environments during the 1950s, some individuals – particularly scientists and medical technicians – found that the electromagnetic fields from their equipment wreaked havoc on their wristwatches. First released in 1958, the reference 6541 Milgauss was Rolex’s answer to the public’s growing need for an antimagnetic watch.
The name Milgauss was created by combining two words: mille (Latin for a thousand) and gauss, the unit of measurement for magnetic fields. The name was intended to be an ever-present reminder that the watch was designed to withstand electromagnetic forces up to 1,000 gauss. Rolex was able to achieve this feat by encasing the watch’s movement in a Faraday cage, which thoroughly protected its delicate workings from harmful magnetic forces. The Faraday cage (first invented by Michael Faraday in 1836) works by redistributing electromagnetic charges through the cage’s conducting material in order to neutralize the effects present inside the cage.
In appearance, the reference 6541 somewhat resembles an early Submariner, rather than a present-day Rolex Milgauss. The 25-jewel, self-winding movement – tucked safely away inside its antimagnetic, Faraday cage – was set in a stainless steel case with a black, rotating bezel that could be used as a rudimentary timer. As a final reminder of its electromagnetic resilience, the Rolex cheap fake watch UK was fitted with a unique, lightning bolt-shaped seconds hand.
An additional notable feature of the reference 6541 Rolex Milgauss cheap fake watch is its “honeycomb” dial. While many collectors value this dial for its unique aesthetic flair, it actually helped increase the watch’s electromagnetic resistance. The dial is constructed of two crossed layers of metal that add visual depth to the dial, while also creating an excellent shield against magnetic forces acting on the face.
The Rolex Milgauss cheap fake watches UK reference 116400 watch is a modern classic. Sporty and historic, this popular Rolex timepiece today serves as the slightly avant-garde, casual-to-dress watch evoking good taste, a focus on performance, and of course, a high station in life to the owner who is wearing it. This review, however, is for something a little bit different. This is a Rolex Milgauss which has been fully engraved in America under the MadeWorn label – so, in a sense, this is a review of a customized Rolex Milgauss watch.
The fact that this timepiece is aftermarket-engraved immediately factionalizes watch lovers: on one side are those who see the modification of any limited Rolex stainless steel replica watches as being sacrilegious, and on the other side are those who see this as a way of taking something extremely popular yet ordinary and making it a lot more exclusive and unique. You know what? They are both right.
Buying a customized Rolex does not come without risk, but there are also rewards. First, for the most part, you invalidate any remaining Rolex warranty (which isn’t the end of the world – especially on a watch that is already out of warranty), and you also greatly risk inhibiting future resale value. Of course, that latter element really depends on the customization. Most customized Rolex watches today fall into two camps. One is aftermarket diamond or jewelry setting (though, I always recommend factory stones from Rolex since they can’t be beaten), and the second is color or design changes to the Rolex case and dial. This is where something like a Bamford Watch Department or Project X Rolex watch comes in.
This MadeWorn customized Rolex Milgauss orange second hand replica watches is different, making it among the less-common types of customized Rolex watches. Aftermarket watch case engraving is out there, but it is rare – and one of the major reasons for that is that there simply aren’t too many engravers who can do this type of work satisfactorily. If anyone knows this fact, it is MadeWorn founder Blaine Halvorson, who began the brand after selling his company JunkFood Clothing several years ago. Halvorson now runs MadeWorn out of its private studio and appointment-only retail space in West Hollywood – where, among other things, he continues to personally make shoes and clothing by hand.
As of today, Rolex replica offers a 5-year warranty on all its models. This is a first in watchmaking and says a lot about the brand’s confidence in its products – and how far its competitors have to go to catch up.
It may not be standard practice in the watchmaking industry quite yet, but that day might come. Starting 1 July,Rolex offers a 5-year warranty (up from 2 years previously) on every model in its collection. This means that from now on the 2,000 or so fake Rolex watches sold daily by authorised dealers around the world will carry a 5-year guarantee from the brand with the crown.
Rolex has kept this new extension of its standard warranty to 5 years relatively quiet, only announcing details to its Replica Rolex Datejust II sales network. According to one authorised dealer, this is because the company considers ‘that extending its guarantee to 5 years goes hand in hand with the constant advances the brand has achieved since its inception, a result of its total focus on reliability and performance.’ The dealer also corroborated something that is no secret in the trade: Rolex is undeniably among the brands to cause the least worries for the After-Sales Service.
The fact that one of the leading brands in Swiss Rolex Masterpiece II Replica watchmaking is extending its guarantee period to 5 years across its entire output clearly shows unshakeable confidence in the reliability of its products. Because at that level of production (around 700,000 watches sold each year), any issues of reliability 3 or 4 years down the line generating a flood of returns would have disastrous repercussions on a brand’s finances. No major watchmaking company could shoulder that kind of risk, which probably explains why most warranties on Swiss watches run out after 2 years. But now, with this bold move from Rolex, new lines in the sand are being drawn for the future. It’s worth noting that Breitling also offers a 5-year guarantee on all models with proprietary manufacture movements and Omega gives a 4-year warranty on its models fitted with Co-Axial movements. In both cases, however, the guarantee does not cover the brand’s entire production. At another level altogether – 3,000 watches produced per year at the very peak of the watchmaking pyramid – Richard Mille has been offering 5-year guarantees on its timepieces for several years already.
With this new 5-year warranty, Rolex replica watches takes the lead in an area that very naturally has a direct impact on consumers (and their bank balances). The brand has consistently focussed on advances in water resistance, accuracy and reliability and this latest move reflects those developments. This spring it unveiled its latest mechanical movement in Basel, the most technically impressive ever certified by a brand, with 5 patents and accuracy to +/- 2 seconds per day. Seen in this light, the new 5-year guarantee is unlikely to be considered an end in itself for Rolex – which would explain the lack of big noise about it – but simply as another stage in the process of differentiating itself from the competition.