We had to go back to the classic model after Arthur’s review of a modern fake Rolex Milgauss. Introduced in 1963, it was made until the late 1980s in spite of the rather unpopularity, as its antimagnetic properties proved appealing to a niche (but highly technical) audience. Among all these models, the CERN (Conseil European pour la Recherche Nucleaire, or European Organization for Nuclear Research) based in Geneva is reported to have specifically asked Rolex to develop the Milgauss for its scientists in the 1950s, resulting initially in other watches.
The present example shows one of the rare CERN dials, without lume, so as not to affect any radiation measurements that a scientist could undertake with his watch on the wrist. It is also one of the earliest examples made, as evidenced by its Mark 0 dial (with the 1/5th-second tick-marks), an early serial number engraved between the lugs, and the 1/64 date inscribed on the inner side of the reinforced case back (as it was part of the anti-magnetic inner case that surrounded the automatic caliber 1580). The seller treated the 38mm case as “untouched”, as a matter of fact, it presents thick lugs and the expected superficial scratches from regular use.
The Rolex replica is one of the most sought after vintage Rolex Submariner. With its best proportions and dateless dial, this watch is the ultimate dive fake watch. The example we have here dates to 1977 and features a “Pre-Comex” dial, which you can identify by the distinctive Coronet crown and those oversized tritium lume plots. We love this one for its creme brulee patina and its rough-and-tough look. What’s more perfect than a dive watch for summer?