Many vintage Rolex fake watches that are considered extremely rare and valuable today were initially quite unpopular when they were first released. One particular Rolex Milgauss was so unwanted by its owner, that it was actually returned to the store from which it was purchased; today, that watch is worth a quarter of a million dollars. Here is its story.
As electricity became a standard presence in work environments during the 1950s, some individuals – particularly scientists and medical technicians – found that the electromagnetic fields from their equipment wreaked havoc on their wristwatches. First released in 1958, the reference 6541 Milgauss was Rolex’s answer to the public’s growing need for an antimagnetic watch.

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The name Milgauss was created by combining two words: mille (Latin for a thousand) and gauss, the unit of measurement for magnetic fields. The name was intended to be an ever-present reminder that the watch was designed to withstand electromagnetic forces up to 1,000 gauss. Rolex was able to achieve this feat by encasing the watch’s movement in a Faraday cage, which thoroughly protected its delicate workings from harmful magnetic forces. The Faraday cage (first invented by Michael Faraday in 1836) works by redistributing electromagnetic charges through the cage’s conducting material in order to neutralize the effects present inside the cage.
In appearance, the reference 6541 somewhat resembles an early Submariner, rather than a present-day Rolex Milgauss stainless steel case fake watches. The 25-jewel, self-winding movement – tucked safely away inside its antimagnetic, Faraday cage – was set in a stainless steel case with a black, rotating bezel that could be used as a rudimentary timer. As a final reminder of its electromagnetic resilience, the Rolex Milgauss was fitted with a unique, lightning bolt-shaped seconds hand.

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An additional notable feature of the reference 6541 Rolex Milgauss replica watches are its “honeycomb” dial. While many collectors value this dial for its unique aesthetic flair, it actually helped increase the watch’s electromagnetic resistance. The dial is constructed of two crossed layers of metal that add visual depth to the dial, while also creating an excellent shield against magnetic forces acting on the face.

The genius that was Hans Wilsdorf revolutionized watchmaking in more than one way. Not only in a technical sense, but also by marketing them in a way that was quite revolutionary for the time. For instance, Wilsdorf equipped Mercedes Gleitze in 1927 with a Rolex when she made history swimming across the British Channel, proving her own strength and resilience and that of her Rolex as well. But at that time watches were not the only product that enjoyed rapid, technical advancements; cars were turning from motorized carriages into the vehicles we know today. Limits were pushed, records were broken, and many of them happened at Daytona Beach, Florida.
Wilsdorf recognized it as a place where Rolex belonged, and joined forces with one of the fastest drivers in the world that raced at Daytona Beach, Sir Malcolm Campbell. As a result, the first celebrity ambassador was created. Campbell would always wear a Rolex around his wrist and was even featured in various magazine and newspaper ads for Rolex replica watches.

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Campbell broke the world land speed record five times at Daytona Beach, yet became concerned with the deteriorating state of the track and moved to Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where he stayed faithful to Rolex. On September 4, 1935, he steered the legendary Bluebird through the 300 mph barrier, with one of the brand’s watches around his wrist.
In 1936, the track at fake Rolex Daytona watches Beach became the location where the world’s first endurance stock car race was being held, which was 78 laps, or 250 miles, long. In 1938 management was taken over by William France Sr., who would become one of the founding fathers of NASCAR. The track on Daytona Beach would evolve into the Daytona International Speedway, home of the Daytona 500, and up until today the most prestigious race in NASCAR.

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Just like Campbell, France Sr. was also featured in Rolex cheap replica watches advertisements. What is interesting though is that neither one of them wore a chronograph. France Sr. wore a Rolex Zephyr; Campbell wore the early Oyster models. Rolex already had chronographs in its collection, powered by Valjoux movements, but it wasn’t until 1955 that they introduced a chronograph in an Oyster case. This reference 6234 was not named Daytona yet, but would later evolve into reference 6238, which comes much closer to the Daytona we know. In fact, the second series of reference 6238 is referred to, by Rolex connoisseurs, as the Pre-Daytona. Both references 6234 and 6238 featured a 37mm case and was powered by Rolex Caliber 72. This movement was in fact a slightly reworked version of the Valjoux 72, a reliable manual wind chronograph movement featuring a column wheel. Reference 6238 is actually also a bona fide Bond-watch, featured on the wrist of George Lazenby, as he takes on Blofeld at the Piz Gloria, Switzerland, in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.’ The 6238 was a much more modern looking watch than the 6234, mainly thanks to the dial with its stick hands, rectangle hour markers, and larger sub-dials. But the bezel was still smooth and polished.

I have to admit that it was rather surprising to see Rolex release a red and blue ceramic bezel version of the Rolex GMT-Master II (ref. 116710 BLNR) cheap replica watches just one year after they released a blue and black version of the same watch. Indeed, as sales in Rolex stores for the “Batman” GMT-Master II ref. 116710BLNR are still hot, Rolex goes ahead and completes their mission of reviving the “Pan Am” bezel with the new for 2014 Ref. 116719 BLRO with a fully blue and red GMT bezel.
In a sense this new watch is a dedication to the original GMT-Master timepiece from 1955. We covered the watch when discussing our history of the Rolex Oyster Professional watch and explained how Rolex was late to the game with a pilot watch, but worked with Pan American (Pan Am) airline pilots to develop a timepiece for their needs. The red and blue segments of the bezel are meant to act (more or less) as an AM/PM day/night indicator, but the bright colors also happened to be rather distinctive.

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Eventually, Rolex fake watches came out with the updated GMT-Master II that retained the blue and red color tones for the bezel, but also added other colors as well over the years. In about 2007 Rolex stopped producing the Pepsi bezel (as it is often known) and a bit later Rolex moved all GMT-Master II collection watches to have Cerachrom ceramic bezels. Ceramic as a material was clearly an improvement over the older aluminum bezels when it came out in 2008 but it would take a few years before Rolex was able to produce bezels in a color other than black or blue.
Rolex then added green with a version of the Submariner Date in 2010, and in 2013 released the first ever two-tone ceramic bezel for the GMT-Master II. The major innovation there was to create a single piece of ceramic with two colors. The process is complicated and involves a sort of chemistry cooking magic during the ceramic sintering process. Can you guess what color the bezel starts out as before the baking process?

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It is actually green. The base ceramic material begins life as a brittle green ring which when baked shrinks and becomes red. The all red bezel is then chemically treated on the half of the surface that will eventually become blue. The completed sintering process specially developed by Rolex after years of trial and error results in a red and blue bezel, with an impressively bold set of colors that has a perfect demarcation between the two colors Rolex GMT II copy watches. It is really a brilliant effect, and no one but Rolex can come close to producing anything like it in bulk.
So just one year after the blue and black version of the GMT-Master II comes a blue and red version. Clearly, Rolex has been pushing for a return to a blue and red GMT bezel for a while, and given the complexity of working with ceramic colors I am impressed at how relatively short it took them. The real question is whether people who purchased (or will purchase) a ref. 116710 BLNR have anything to be upset about.

The Rolex Milgauss reference 116400 watches are modern classic. Sporty and historic, this popular Rolex timepiece today serves as the slightly avant-garde, casual-to-dress watch evoking good taste, a focus on performance, and of course, a high station in life to the owner who is wearing it. This review, however, is for something a little bit different. This is a Rolex Milgauss which has been fully engraved in America under the MadeWorn label – so, in a sense, this is a review of a customized Rolex Milgauss watch.
The fact that this timepiece is aftermarket-engraved immediately factionalizes watch lovers: on one side are those who see the modification of any Rolex as being sacrilegious, and on the other side are those who see this as a way of taking something extremely popular yet ordinary and making it a lot more exclusive and unique. You know what? They are both right.

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Buying a customized Rolex does not come without risk, but there are also rewards. First, for the most part, you invalidate any remaining Rolex warranty (which isn’t the end of the world – especially on a watch that is already out of warranty), and you also greatly risk inhibiting future resale value. Of course, that latter element really depends on the customization. Most customized Rolex watches today fall into two camps. One is aftermarket diamond or jewelry setting (though, I always recommend factory stones from Rolex since they can’t be beaten), and the second is color or design changes to the Rolex case and dial. This is where something like a Bamford Watch Department or Project X Rolex limited edition watches comes in.
This MadeWorn customized Rolex Milgauss is different, making it among the less-common types of customized Rolex watches. Aftermarket watch case engraving is out there, but it is rare – and one of the major reasons for that is that there simply aren’t too many engravers who can do this type of work satisfactorily. If anyone knows this fact, it is MadeWorn founder Blaine Halvorson, who began the brand after selling his company JunkFood Clothing several years ago. Halvorson now runs MadeWorn out of its private studio and appointment-only retail space in West Hollywood – where, among other things, he continues to personally make shoes and clothing by hand.

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While MadeWorn specializes in making new things look old, that obviously isn’t his tactic with watch customization. Instead, his tactic is to give these Rolex stainless steel case fake watches and other watches some “old character,” allowing them to exist in the world of high-quality tools men used to covet, such as their hunting equipment. There are lots of collectors out there who enjoy timepieces along with knives and guns – so this fits right into that mentality. In some ways, this MadeWorn-engraved Rolex Milgauss 116400 is Blaine’s vision of what the timepiece would look like if it was made 150 years ago.