Watches: Rolex Milgauss Z Blue Dial and Green Sapphire

By Thierry Ané on April 18, 2014

Before Baselworld, speculations were rife about the new models Rolex would introduce this year. Many watch experts were predicting the release of a new GMT-Master II with a Red and Blue Ceramic Dial, although everyone was expecting a steel version.

With only the everose gold version of the Sky-Dweller having an alligator strap while the white gold and yellow gold renditions released in 2012 were sporting a gold bracelet, some may have guessed the unveiling of an everose model with a metal bracelet as well as new iterations of the white gold and yellow gold on alligator straps to complete the collection.

Discontinued for a while, the most acute observers of Rolex’s moves may have also foreseen the return of the Sea-Dweller 4000. But I think it is safe to say that nobody would have bet on the unveiling of a new Milgauss model this year!

Re-launched in 2007 with either a white or black dial, the Milgauss stood out as one of the brand’s most colourful models due to the presence of an orange “lightning bolt” seconds hand as well as orange accents on the dial. It was particularly so in the astonishing version featuring a black dial and green sapphire, a first in the watch industry.

The three models released in 2007

This year the brand presents an even more colourful rendition of the famous Milgauss with a blue dial, the usual orange accents and the green sapphire crystal. Termed “Z Blue” after the zirconium used in its coating, the new dial is in fact bright electric blue, a colour that works surprisingly well with the green sapphire and creates a very different-looking Milgauss model.

Created in 1956 for engineers who are exposed in their work to magnetic fields which disrupt the performance of mechanicals watches, the contemporary Milgauss remains resistant to interference of up to 1,000 gauss and is also water resistant to 100 meters. Now equipped with the in-house 3131 automatic movement, the watch incorporates the brand’s latest technical achievements like the blue Parachrom hairspring. Its 40 mm stainless steel case is also fitted with the latest version of the Oyster bracelet with a folding Oysterclasp designed by Rolex and the patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length.

Although many people will find the new colour combination audacious or even hideous, I believe it works very well and breathes a little youth into this model. I would gladly trade my 2007 Milgauss version for this new rendition! The new Milgauss with Z Blue Dial and Green Sapphire will retail for US$8,200 and we do not know yet when it will be available.

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