Every year at Watches & Wonder (or Baselworld for the OGs), we take in all the new releases from Rolex. But with new additions, come discontinuations. It’s the way of the world, the circle of life.
This year, we say goodbye to the Milgauss, Rolex’s specifically anti-magnetic “scientist’s watch.” It also held the mantle as one of the wildest-looking Rolex sport models of the modern era, and was one of the longest running modern references dating back to 2007. And now, it’s gone – erased from the Rolex website.
That means no more green crystal, no more orange lightning bold seconds hand, no more bi-color lume and yellow lume plots (in the black dial iteration). This is the second wave of Milgauss discontinuations that we’ve seen. Years back, we saw the Crown phase out the ref. 116400 non-green crystal black and white dial models (the white dial being a particular favorite of our EVP of Content Nick Marino).
Now the green-crystal black dial (116400GV) and the popular green-crystal Z-Blue dial model (also the 116400GV) are no more. Time will tell if – and how – a new Rolex Milgauss enters the brand’s lineup.
We could pretty much all tell the Milgauss was at an inflection point. Some of us were hoping it’d be reborn in titanium. That’s not going to happen. At least not at Watches & Wonders.
But considering that the Milgauss, as a brand unto itself, is one of the pinnacle Rolex sport models dating back to 1956, I doubt it will be gone for long. For now…pour one out for a cult favorite.