Saturday, 25 October 2008

the rolex milgauss... a classy beauty

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the rolex milgauss has some history... in the past when it was first launched, it wasn't the most liked model in the rolex range... and it didn't fare well sales wise. however the prices of vintage milgauss' in the antiquorum rolex revolution were pretty amazing... a 6541 similar as the one pictured below sold for close to US$200k wif buyers premium... and the 1019 white milgausses sold for around the US$40-55k range. thats some serious $$$ for an unappreciated model...

the unique thing about the milgauss is that it can stand up to 1,000 gauss (mil = 1,000), gauss being a measure of magnetism. what it basically means is that the watch is highly resistant to magnetism being protected by a faraday cage...

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fast forward to the newer productions and early 2008... the watches just released are HOT HOT HOT!!! and with most hot watches, the prices go crazy... they shoot to more than 100% over the list price for the gv (glass verte... fyi, verte means green) and 30-60% above list for the white and black dial versions...

the 3 variations
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but like all hot commodities or stocks, it was a bubble that was built up by perceived high demand and low supply. some folks speculating that the green sapphire was difficult for Rolex to produce... if that was really the case, Rolex seem to have solved those issues and recently more and more have come to the market... this has resulted in a fall in prices.. the white and black dials selling for list or discounted and the gv selling only for a slight premium... although some retailers are still pushing for above 50% premium in some markets...

whatever it is, i think this is a very nice watch. its construction is solid and it has
a strong appeal to me for a modern Rolex. live pics of a piece that i had in my
possession for the briefest of times...


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Curious as to how many people think the clean and simple face of the plain black face and clear crystal model outweigh the busier but unique aspect of the green crystal model

Raphael Too said...

Hi there, I personally think both models are nice and its good to have a choice isn't it? :)

Some folks will prefer the simple black one, some the simple white one and some the green Milgauss. I think in terms of popularity though, the green ahead of the black and then the white right now but who knows, maybe the black will be the more desirable one someday? :)

cheers
raph

Anonymous said...

I tried on the green and black recently and really liked the green. I could have purchased for list price. Seems the tanking US economy is effecting everyone. I also tried on a black SS Daytona. The salesman told me it was presold but said if I was serious he would see if the manager would sell it to me.

Raphael Too said...

the green has more oomph to me and i like it more too. it is selling at list at dealers i believe and perhaps even for slightly below at non-authorised dealers.

the black ss daytona will always be a classic. don't get suckered by salesman tactics though to sell it to you at too high a price :)

cheers, raph

Guy David said...

Great watch, will be on my wrist this week. Thanks for the review!

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