Rolex Update Millgaus Range with ‘Z Blue’ Model

By Paul Joseph

British watchmakers Rolex have created a new version of their Milgauss timepiece originally designed for workers in environments that affect the timing of a watch.

Created in 1956 for engineers and technicians in power plants, medical facilities and research labs where electromagnetic fields affect watch timings, the updated Millgaus was launched at the recent Baselworld watch fair in Switzerland.

The latest incarnation, called the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss, has been augmented to include a distinctive electric blue dial and lightning bolt shaped seconds hand, and has been nicknamed ‘Z Blue’ thanks to its use of zirconium for coating the dial.

Other notable features include a 40mm steel case housing the Rolex caliber 3131 and an oyster bracelet with three-piece solid links made from stainless steel.

The Milgauss became highly popular in 2007 when it landed the title of being the first watch in the world to house green sapphire crystal.

The 2014 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss is priced at around $8,810.

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By Paul Joseph