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The Exclusive Green Sapphire Crystal On the Rolex Milgauss

November 11th, 2019

Rolex fitted the green sapphire crystal to the Milgauss reference 116400GV. It soon became one of the defining features of the brand’s anti-magnetic watch collection.

Although Rolex introduced the Milgauss in 1956, the brand equipped the now-signature and the exclusive green sapphire crystal in 2007. The fact is that:


The manufacturer crafted the green-tinted sapphire crystal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its Milgauss collection.

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Rolex Milgauss and The Green Sapphire Crystal

Interestingly, Rolex has not used a green-tinted or other coloured sapphire crystal on any watches in the brand’s current catalogue. Today, all Rolex Milgauss watches currently in production, feature green sapphire crystals.

Rolex could master and devise the green sapphire crystal precisely after many years of research and development. The manufacturer typically patents all its in-house technologies. However, the interesting fact is that:

The brand claims that the Milgauss’ green-tinted sapphire crystal is not patented. The process of developing the crystals is challenging and takes several weeks. Thus, no other manufacturer would ideally try to venture.

The Secret Procedure of Producing Green Sapphire Crystal

Rolex has always been tongue-tied regarding the specific formulas and secrets behind manufacturing the green sapphire crystals. While there are many ways to make synthetic sapphire, Rolex is believed to use a hydrothermal process.

  • The hydrothermal method is slow and expensive.
  • It uses pressure and heat to emulate the conditions prevailing under the earth’s surface that lead to the formation of natural crystalline gemstones.
  • However, the synthetic green sapphire’s chemical composition includes aluminium and copper.

Overall, the process of producing synthetic sapphire is an exacting and expensive one. During the manufacturing of synthetic sapphire, the component has to build-up for many weeks.

While particles allure one another, they form layers that merge to make a dense and superiorly hard substance. This ultimately results in the production of a solid synthetic sapphire known as ‘boule’.

Shaped like a bulky cylinder, the ‘boule’ is cut as well as moulded to its required dimensions.

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Maximum watch crystal makers are known to cut the synthetic boules perpendicularly because of higher costs of production.

However, Rolex is alledged to cut the synthetic sapphire along a diagonal axis. This increases the strength and clarity of the finished crystal. But:

When the synthetic sapphire boule is cut along the diagonal axis, it significantly maximises the amount of waste. It eventually adds cost to the expensive production process.

Although the green sapphire crystal is one of the explicate features of the Milgauss line, it does not have any functional advantages over a clear, conventional sapphire crystal.

So, what makes the Rolex Milgauss coveted among collectors?

The green sapphire crystal fitted to the Milgauss 116400GV is one of the significant reasons why people seek for this specific reference.

Indeed, the green-tinted crystal is exclusive to the Milgauss collection.

If you choose to sell a Rolex Milgauss, you are likely to obtain a good resale value from any potential watch buyers in London or anywhere in the UK.

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4 Popular Anniversary Rolex Watches: What makes them so unique?

January 28th, 2019

Watch brands like Rolex love to celebrate anniversaries. Unlike other watch brands, Rolex does not manufacture limited-edition watch models and also, does not usually pair up with noteworthy people for making collaborative editions. However, the only exception to it was the Rolex Deepsea model with D-Blue dial that the brand produced as a tribute to James Cameron’s dive to the deepest point of our world.

popular Rolex anniversary watches

Rolex produces special models to commemorate milestone anniversaries. Although these watches do not come with any impressions asserting that they are celebratory models, they are indeed introduced in honour of a foundational date or anniversary.  Check out the four popular
Rolex anniversary watches and discover what makes them so unique.

1.    Rolex Cosmograph Daytona – 50th Anniversary

With the launch of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in 1963, a new era for Rolex watches came into light and today, Rolex Daytona is ideally the most popular luxury watch ever known. Rolex introduced an updated version of the watch in 2013– Reference 116506 for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cosmograph Daytona.

The anniversary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona features an Oyster bracelet in platinum, Oyster case of 40mm and also, a ceramic bezel. Although this watch was the second Daytona to exhibit a ceramic bezel, it was the first time that Rolex Daytona appeared in 950 platinum. The cherry on the top, however, is the ice-blue dial that contrasts exquisitely with the brown ceramic bezel and coloured sub-dial chapter rings.

2.    Rolex Explorer II – 40th Anniversary

Debuted in 1971, Rolex Explorer II was especially designed for those who venture into Polar Regions and dark caves. The watch sports the stationary 24-hour marked bezel and additional 24-hour hand that enable wearers to differentiate between day and night hours.

The Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570 was introduced to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2011. The ref. 216570 features a more massive 42mm oyster case, bolder fonts on the 24-hour bezel and ‘maxi’ style dial.

3.    Rolex GMT-Master II – 50th Anniversary

The very first Rolex GMT-Master was launched officially in 1955, specifically designed for the Pan Am pilots to help them track two time zones simultaneously. After five decades, Rolex introduced the anniversary edition Rolex GMT-Master II in yellow gold to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the watch.

The anniversary GMT-Master II reference 116718 features a green dial, 40mm ‘super’ case, larger hour markers and hands in the ‘maxi’ style dial and also, the new ceramic bezel. This entirely refurbished model consists of many other design elements that could set the standard for the upcoming Rolex sports models.

4.    Rolex Submariner – 50th anniversary

The Rolex Submariner made its debut as the first diving watch of the world in 1953 that was water-resistance up to 100m. While the watch became the most sought-after diver’s watch, the stainless steel Rolex Submariner ref.16610LV was introduced to commemorate the Submariner’s 50th anniversary in 2003.

The watch features a 40mm Oyster case with matching Oyster bracelet, ‘maxi’ black dial, Mercedes-style hands, luminescent hour markers and the all-new green bezel. The Rolex Submariner reference 16610LV was nicknamed as ‘Kermit’ because of the unidirectional rotating bezel’s vibrant green colour.

The Geneva-based Swiss manufacturer-Rolex undoubtedly knows how to commemorate a milestone anniversary in utmost luxury and style.

Are you looking to sell your Rolex watch in London?

If you are looking to sell Rolex watches in London, begin the process by filling up our online form and get an initial quote right away. The Luxury Hut offers a quick and secure way to sell Rolex watches for cash.

Whether you sell your Rolex watch in London via appointment or from anywhere in the UK online from the comfort of your home, we will make the process of selling convenient and straightforward.

Simply, fill up our online form, and one of our associates will get in touch with you soon with an initial price quote. Or, you can call us on 0207 242 5411 and arrange an appointment to visit us at our Hatton Garden office in London with your luxury watch. We will assess every aspect of your Rolex watch, considering all the necessary details that may add value and then determine the final price that we at The Luxury Hut are willing to offer for your watch. Accept our offer, and we will pay you immediately.

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