Lot #1287

Rolex Milgauss 1019 Black dial NOS Box and Papers

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Released in 1956, the Rolex Milgauss was a groundbreaking watch designed for the scientists at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, as the scientists’ watches would commonly become magnetised and no longer work. Launched as one of the most anti-magnetic watches around at the time, the Milgauss could withstand 1000 gauss of magnetism, hence its name. While the collection began with the ref. 6541 and ref. 6543, the ref. 1019 that we have here was launched in 1960 and featured several upgrades. With its larger 38mm case, the ref. 1019 also featured the new automatic cal. 1580 movement. Furthermore, some slight aesthetic alterations were made. The lightning bolt second hand from the previous references was swapped for the second hand you see here with a red arrowhead that matches the red Milgauss inscription displayed on the dial. An understated watch from an aesthetic standpoint, the Milgauss saw quite some success, and throughout its 28-year production run (until 1988), it saw a slew of dial variants produced ranging from matte white and black to glossy black to silver. The example we have here is the matte black variant which helps tie the entire example’s understated aesthetic together. Presented in New Old Stock condition, this example is a one of a kind find that we don’t often see due to the Milgauss’ nature as a tool watch designed for use in the field.

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V 9.5


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Est. value range

$30,000 – $50,000

The Details




38mm x 12mm




Automatic cal. 1580




Stainless Steel Oyster bracelet


Manufactured in 1979, Sold in 1990


New Old Stock


Stainless Steel


Box and Papers

Dial Color



Fitted with a jet black dial in spectacular condition, this example's tritium lume has turned a stunning creamy yellow in keeping with its age and patina.


Presented in true New Old Stock condition, this example's case, bezel and bracelet all retain incredibly sharp bevels alongside their original factory finishes and green sticker to the case back.


This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.


Incredibly well preserved condition. The case back still retaining its original green factory sticker, the case is unpolished with extremely well defined bevels to the edges. The dial is in wonderful condition, the lumes have aged consistently with the hands and are now showcasing a very warm ivory to yellow patina throughout. Watch shows only very slight handling marks and appears unworn for over 30 years. The watch is also complete with box and punched guarantee. The bracelet is in excellent condition, with 13 links, 3 of which are removable.

Our Perspective

Originally one of Rolex's most niche-specific tool watches, the Milgauss has grown in popularity in recent years as collectors begin to cherish its unique history. With that, vintage examples are becoming increasingly sought after, and examples in condition such as ours here are incredibly difficult to find due to the Milgauss' utility as a practical tool for use on the field.

Eric Ku