That green glass is the Black Dial Rolex Milgauss Replica Watch’ ultimate style statement. It’s the only Rolex to feature a coloured sapphire crystal, and it wears it with pride, whether you rock the black-dial or blue-dial variant. I prefer the black dial, which deepens the green tint of the glass (incidentally, the GV at the end of the Rolex Milgauss 116400 GV’s reference stands for ‘Glass Verte’).
First released in 1956, when humankind was spending a lot of time in laboratories fiddling with the mysteries of the physical world, the Milgauss is the first luxury watch to resist strong magnetic fields. Which is probably why the list of super-cool celebrities who wear a Rolex Milgauss Replica Watch 116400 GV is so long. Usher, Tom Hanks, Roger Federer, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Aniston—they’ve all been snapped with the tell-tale green glass of a Milgauss on their high-earning wrists.
‘Milgauss’ means ‘1,000 gauss’—a reference to the watch’s ability to retain accuracy when exposed to a field of that magnitude. It does this by imprisoning its movement inside a Faraday cage: essentially an earthed shield capable of diverting magnetic and electric currents away from the delicate parts inside. Scientists and artists love the Milgauss, as do machine-geeks like James May, who wears a model with a white dial.
Some modern luxury watches, notably the Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,000 gauss, Omega’s ‘answer’ to the Milgauss, are able to resist much greater magnetic fields. But, while they do look pretty awesome in their own right, these pretenders to the Milgauss throne are just that: pretenders.
It used to be said of the Rolex Milgauss Replica that it’s the Rolex that isn’t a Rolex. By this, we meant the Milgauss has a certain out-there style you don’t normally associate with the king of the luxury watch brands. Rolex, with its instantly recognisable Oyster cases and sleek sophistication, is a brand for people who like their quality to remain on the straight and narrow. And the Milgauss (Rolex ref 116400GV), with its lightning-bolt second hand and orange 3,6, and 9 markers is about as straight and narrow as the lifestyle of a hip-hop megastar.
You know who else loves the Rolex Replica Watch? Nerds. Because what’s cool about the Milgauss is that it’s a part of two histories: the history of horology, and the history of the atomic age. I don’t think this is true anymore. Half of the Oyster Professional lineup fits with the Milgauss’ epic retro style. Explorer I, Air-King, and Milgauss occupy a niche of their own, away from the more pedestrian look of Subs and Yacht-Masters. It is definitely no coincidence that the Aqua Terra has Omega’s version of a lightning bolt second hand. Yes, it’s straight, but its bright colours and obvious electromagnetic symbology are inherited from the extraordinary design of the Milgauss.