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The Rolex Milgauss

by Michael Weare
21 July, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Rolex Milgauss

English guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Eric Clapton and English actor, film producer and the sixth James Bond Daniel Craig are two of the UK’s most well known celebrities.

At 66, Clapton is still considered a Rock God, and Daniel Craig, 43, ever since being photographed looking tanned and well buffed on a sun soaked beach has been hailed amongst many female admirers as…well, just a God.

Daniel Craig on the beach wearing his Rolex Milgauss watch

Both of them share a love of the Rolex Milgauss, and bizarrely, both of them share the same plumber. This only came to light following something of a ‘Plumbergate’ scandal a couple of years ago when it was discovered that Pimlico Plumbers extensive A-List celebrity client list was allegedly being infiltrated by a rival firm.

About Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton wearing his Rolex Milgauss

Eric was born in Ripley, Surrey in March 1945 and took up the guitar at around the age of 15. By 16 he was busking around Kingston and Ripley and impressing all who heard him. Eric paid his dues in bands such as the Yardbirds and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers (where he picked up the nickname ‘Slowhand’) and was just coming to the end of a legendary spell with the world’s first supergroup Cream when Daniel Craig was born in March 1968.

Throughout the 60’s and 70’s, with several milestone albums to his credit, Eric Clapton was recognised as one of the best guitar players in the world, but even he acknowledges that he was eclipsed by the short but nonetheless dazzling guitar playing career of Jimi Hendrix.

Like all the best rock legends, Clapton did the 60s and 70s in true rock and roll style and is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic to prove it.

Celebrity watch collector Eric Clapton is still in huge demand. He collects Rolex watches and in addition to his Milgauss he is often seen performing on stage wearing his Rolex Daytona on the fatband, which is the same way that Paul Newman wore his.

Despite Clapton’s songs appearing in dozens of contemporary movies, as yet not one of them has starred Daniel Craig.

About Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig with Satsuki Mitchell at award fucntion

Daniel was born in Chester, Cheshire in March 1968 and made his way up the acting ranks with progressively better films. In 2002 he starred in Road to Perdition, which also starred fellow Rolex enthusiast Paul Newman. In 2006 he was named as the new James Bond and debuted in Casino Royale.

He also appeared in Quantum of Solace as Bond, but unlike most Bond actors from earlier years, there have been such lengthy gaps in between Bond movie productions that Daniel, an extremely versatile actor, has appeared in more non-Bond related movies than any of his predecessors did during their tenure. He will however be appearing in Bond 23 due to premier in November 2012.

As Bond, Daniel is expected to embrace the Omega Planet Ocean, which is the official James Bond watch, however he is frequently seen around Tinsel town and the UK favouring his Rolex Milgauss, but then seeing as he has a licence to kill, who’s going to argue with him?

About the Rolex Milgauss Watch

As for the Rolex Milgauss, what’s not to love about its quiet good looks and superior quality. It’s a highly collectible model introduced by Rolex in 1956 with the model number 6451.

The Milgauss was designed as anti-magnetic watch specifically for those who worked in power plants, medical facilities and research labs (like those in Geneva) where electromagnetic fields can cause havoc with the timing of a watch.

The current model Milgauss is equipped with a magnetic alloy (Parachrom-Blu) and the movement is encased by a Faraday cage.

In 2007, Rolex brought back the Milgauss after nearly two decades as the model number 116400. There are currently three versions: white dial or black dial with a standard colourless sapphire crystal, and the GV (Glace Verte) or “Anniversary” model, with black dial with a green-tinted sapphire crystal.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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1 Comment


  1. Guy David

    Great watch. Bought one myself, looks stunning. More special than the 13 in a dozen submariners and Daytona’s… 🙂

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