The Rolex Milgauss in recent guise has always been the Rolex for a watch collector who doesn’t really consider himself a “Rolex guy”. It’s design is definitely a touch more outlandish than its counterparts, and among the brand’s offerings, it’s one of few that you can easily pick out in a crowd and identify without doubt from a reasonable distance.
We’ll skip the comprehensive history lesson, because you can read all of that here, but after a long time out of the catalog, the Rolex Milgauss returned to the Rolex collection in 2007, followed by this especially funky Z-Blue dial variant in 2014. The latter is what we’re going to be focusing on today, as it is hands-down one of the most interesting and peculiar Rolex models currently on offer.
Rolex Migauss Z-Blue: Form
If you like a watch with a little personality, the Z-Blue Milgauss has a lot to offer. The crisp and cool electric blue of its dial is distinct from any other Rolex offering – a color chosen thoughtfully, with the intent of letting its orange minute track, seconds hand, and dial text stand out brightly without seeming out of place. Blue and orange it a challenging combo that can go wrong in a hurry, but it works well here.
Another thoughtful shift from the GV black dial variant is the fact that Rolex opted to use a single color of Chromalight luminous material for this dial. All if its indices, as well as its hour and minute hands use bright blue lume rather than a mix of colors as seen on the black dial. There’s plenty going on with this watch as it is, so the multicolor lume would have definitely been a bit overkill.
Two requisite details that remain intact with the Milgauss are its “lightning” seconds hand, and the green tinted sapphire crystal – two traits that are only found on the Milgauss collection. Though both details are purely aesthetic, they’re charming in their own weird way. The green sapphire crystal is a fun and odd choice that unfortunately will cost you an arm and a leg to replace if chipped or damaged, but so long as you aren’t too abusive with your watches sapphire is fairly resilient.
Rolex Migauss Z-Blue: Function
So of course, the roots of the Milgauss remain in its anti-magnetic capabilities. Though still listed as resistant to at least 1,000 Gauss, there’s much speculation that the actual spec is much higher. After all, Omega claims a 15,000 Gauss resistance on some of its models, and Rolex isn’t one to be outdone with much of anything.
The Milgauss is currently fitted with its own movement that differs from Subs and other models – the Caliber 3131 with a 48h power reserve, Parachrom hairspring, nickel phosphorus lever/escape wheel, and Superlative Chronometer standard +2/-2 seconds per day accuracy. Fun fact, this caliber also appears in the current Rolex Air King as well.
The Milgauss is fitted with a conventional 904L steel Oyster bracelet that has an Easylink 5mm comfort extension in its clasp. While its 40mm case is polished throughout, the bracelet features brushed links with polished center links.
Although a case thickness spec is not available from Rolex, I will say that the Milgauss is a bit on the portly side when compared to things like an Oyster Perpetual or even a Submariner. This is in part due to the ferromagnetic cage that separates the case and movement, which helps bolster the piece’s antimagnetic properties. A Twinlock screw-down crown assures water resistance of 100m.
Rolex Migauss Z-Blue: On The Wrist
All told, the Milgauss is another one of those great Rolex models that you can just wear day in and day out. Though its case is by no means an ultra-thin, it is sleek enough to tuck under a shirt cuff. It’s also fun and funky enough to throw on with jeans and a t-shirt, or other attire to wear it during anything from a night out at the bar, to a day of tackling home maintenance projects.
It’s a bit on the hefty side if you leave it on its stock bracelet, so that’s something to keep in mind, but there are aftermarket strap options that can work well to “lighten the load.” Be warned, the combination of its blue dial and green crystal will ensure that this watch gets noticed wherever you go – similar to wearing any gold or two-tone Rolex, don’t expect this watch to go unnoticed. It’s a statement piece, which isn’t a bad thing depending on your mood or preference.
For its average asking price somewhere in between $7k and $8k, there are a number of good options out there, but if you fall into that category that find a conventional Submariner, Datejust or Yacht-Master just a little boring, the Z-Blue Milgauss is a compelling alternative. You won’t see nearly as many out in the wild, which will be an added bonus for many.