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Old 5 May 2010, 02:14 AM   #1
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Milgauss 1019

Little teaser...



Who wants more?
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Old 5 May 2010, 04:42 AM   #2
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I'd love to see more. And the story behind it, too!
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Old 5 May 2010, 04:57 AM   #3
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a REAL BEAUTY..... cant wait to see more!!!!!

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Old 5 May 2010, 05:01 AM   #4
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The simplicity of the dial is wonderful!

Look forward to seeing some more pics.
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Old 5 May 2010, 05:25 AM   #5
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The story behind this Milgauss is one for Ripley's Believe It Or Not...

My uncle bought this watch in 1969 before he took off for a trip around the globe in a yacht.
He needed a reliable watch to be able to calculate his position on the ocean.

Don't know why he bought a Milgauss, probably because it was one of the cheapest Rolexes to buy in those days.
After traveling all around the world on my uncles arm, it finally ended up in New Zealand in one of his drawers.

About 20 years ago I asked him whether he still owned that old Rolex. He did!
I asked him what he wanted for it... He said a Citizen Aqualand would be fine.


So I bought him this watch:




And got this one in return:



Amazing no?
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Old 5 May 2010, 05:45 AM   #6
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NICE story..... GREAT uncle..... and of course your REAL beauty!!!!!
Thanks for sharing :)

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Old 5 May 2010, 09:49 AM   #7
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So you have had this Milgauss for 20 years?

It is a beauty in any event. That's a really cool story, interesting how your uncle decided to get a Milgauss on a yacht.

That Milgauss still has class 40 years after it was made
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Old 5 May 2010, 11:07 AM   #8
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Um...I believe we were teased with the prospect of more pix. Bring 'em.
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Old 5 May 2010, 11:12 AM   #9
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Um...I believe we were teased with the prospect of more pix. Bring 'em.
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GORGEOUS Milly!
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Old 5 May 2010, 12:46 PM   #10
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I still can not believe I passed on buying one in 1987 for nearly nothing. I opted for the GMT 16750 instead as it looked more popular. If I could just go back in time!!!
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Old 5 May 2010, 07:53 PM   #12
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I love those brushed steel dials
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Old 5 May 2010, 08:04 PM   #13
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That is one lovley looking watch
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Old 6 May 2010, 09:35 PM   #14
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I've got one as well

Well forgive this as a first post, been hanging around and reading up, great site.

I got mine as a 21st birthday present, was either this or an air king and this cost 50 more at the time and my Dad pushed the boat out and got this.

I've worn it every day for the last 20 years, swimming and DIYing - its been super reliable and only back to rolex twice.

Only found out it was valuable last year when I bought my wife a Rolex and asked if they could do an insurance valuation on mine at the time.

Bought in 1990 but the serial numbers date it to 1982. (8 years unsold would explain the discount Dad got !!)

I do now have a casio that I use when doing anything extremely stupid after I hit the face of it with an angle grinder when cutting a hole in a wall for a tumble dryer (one of the trips back to Rolex).

Anyway hope I have attached the picture

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Old 6 May 2010, 09:43 PM   #15
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Nice one Jeff, treasure it!
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Old 7 May 2010, 12:03 AM   #16
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Beautiful Milgauss and great story!
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Old 7 May 2010, 01:15 AM   #17
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OMG! A Citizen for a 1019!

That's qualified theft in most states!

Very beautiful watch! And I love the pics.
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Old 7 May 2010, 01:25 AM   #18
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Great Millies!! Those are really beautiful... :)
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Old 7 May 2010, 04:02 AM   #19
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Scratches on the crystal aside, I think I'll keep her...

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Old 7 May 2010, 04:29 AM   #20
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Scratches on the crystal aside, I think I'll keep her...

Nice piece, CERN dial if I'm not mistaken...
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Old 7 May 2010, 05:01 AM   #21
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From my research it does have the so-called CERN dial. One thing I cannot pin down though, is whether this watch is water resistant or waterproof (Not that I intend to go diving with it). Can anyone clear up this question?
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Old 7 May 2010, 10:14 AM   #22
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All Rolex watches in oyster cases with fresh seals are waterproof just not pressure proof!! I believe when that beauty left the factory it was rated to 100M. Great pieces!!
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Old 7 May 2010, 11:16 AM   #23
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Great examples here guys!
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Old 7 May 2010, 02:59 PM   #24
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Mine does not have that great story

CERN dial. Gimme five 1369!!!

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Old 7 May 2010, 06:02 PM   #25
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No CERN dial here...
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Old 7 May 2010, 07:21 PM   #26
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The story behind this Milgauss is one for Ripley's Believe It Or Not...

My uncle bought this watch in 1969 before he took off for a trip around the globe in a yacht.
He needed a reliable watch to be able to calculate his position on the ocean.

Don't know why he bought a Milgauss, probably because it was one of the cheapest Rolexes to buy in those days.
After traveling all around the world on my uncles arm, it finally ended up in New Zealand in one of his drawers.

About 20 years ago I asked him whether he still owned that old Rolex. He did!
I asked him what he wanted for it... He said a Citizen Aqualand would be fine.

by any chance you have a photo (is camera invented then??) of your uncle with his yacht/watch?
what a great man, I salute him
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Old 7 May 2010, 09:09 PM   #27
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How big are these two Millies? 34 or 36 mm ?
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Old 7 May 2010, 10:28 PM   #28
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How big are these two Millies? 34 or 36 mm ?
38-39 mm
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Old 7 May 2010, 11:04 PM   #29
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I'm definitely impressed to see these rare vintage pieces being rolled out here

I love the CERN dial.

Welcome Jeff and thanks for sharing....just keep that angle grinder away from your baby
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Old 8 May 2010, 01:14 AM   #30
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simple and nice rolex!!

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