Stainless Steel Milgauss, model number 1019, case number 1065432, dating from the first quarter of 1964.
As it was one of the company’s few marketing failures, the Milgauss has become one of the most desirable Rolex watches of all. It is the only model Rolex ever made in which the case, dial, movement and hands are shared with no other model. Initially introduced in the late 1950s as the model 6541 it became the 1019 in the early 1960s and lasted almost unchanged for over 25 years.
This is the earliest 1019 Milgauss I have ever owned, its Rolex factory date code from the first quarter of 1964 makes it one of the very first produced.
The movement is the unique 1580 26 jewel perpetual, numbered 99672 protected from magnetism by the special cap. The cap, in turn, is held in place by a cruciform spring inside the case back.
The dial is a perfect high gloss black with applied white gold Rolex coronet at 12, applied white gold diamond cut batons for the remainder of the hours. The dial printing is in silver whilst the word MILGAUSS is in red and the hands are unique to the 1019 models with large luminous inserts.
The case is in 95+% condition, whilst the dial and movement are both 99%.
The watch measures 37mm diameter, 48mm lug to lug and 13mm high, it takes a 20mm strap and a black gloss Rolex crocodile strap & steel buckle is fitted.
£15,000.00 (approx. $23,500.00 US)