Recently, our “Spotted” column was all about the most sought-after Rolex watch, and one of the most collectable of all watches currently on the market, a chronograph known as the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. Today, we keep the same brand but we change model, for what’s probably the most underrated of all the Rolex sports watches, the Milgauss – which we spotted recently on the wrist of Timberlake, in its Z-Blue edition. Is it that underrated? Seeing the list of 10 celebrities below with that watch on the wrist, it might be more popular than we thought it was.
The Rolex Milgauss was first created in 1954 for those working in environments with strong magnetic fields. The main specificity of this watch, beyond its unusual but signature lightning-shaped seconds hand (which appear on the first generation only, as the second-gen Ref. 1019 drastically changed design), is the presence of a soft iron cage around the movement to protect it from magnetic fields. Absent from the collection for almost 20 years, the watch came back at Baselworld 2007, in the shape that we know today. Often forgotten, being in the shadow of the Submariner, the GMT or even the classic Datejust, the modern Milgauss 116400 remains a very cool timepiece. This is this watch, in its different configurations, that you’ll see below on the wrists of these tasteful celebrities.
American actress Jennifer Aniston is best known for starring in the TV show Friends, as the character Rachel Green. Aniston has starred in films such as Bruce Almighty, Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers. Aniston owns a customized Rolex Milgauss with black PVD treatment for both the case and bracelet. An unusual configuration that works well on this model.
Luke Bryan is an American country singer and songwriter, who has sold over seven million albums and 27 million singles worldwide. He has already amassed quite a watch collection from a variety of brands, including this Rolex Milgauss 116400GV with black dial and green sapphire crystal.
Katie Cassidy is an American actress, who is best known for playing the character Laurel Lance/Black Canary on the television show, Arrow. She is the daughter of David Cassidy, who starred in the television series The Partridge Family. Cassidy has consistently worn her Rolex Milgauss for many years now and if you watch episodes of Arrow, you can see it on her wrist too.
Guitar legend Eric Clapton needs no introduction. He is considered one of the best guitarists in the world and in the world of horology, he is known as a mega collector of watches from Rolex and Patek Philippe. He picked up the green sapphire crystal model of the Rolex Milgauss (Ref. 116400GV) quite early on and in the picture, the green hue of the crystal is eye-catching.
Will Ferrell is an American comedian and actor, best known for his time on the television comedy show Saturday Night Live and films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Daddy’s Home Elf and Old School. Ferrell is a well-known Rolex guy, having been spotted with a mixture of both modern and vintage pieces including the present green crystal Milgauss.
Tom Hanks is a two-time Academy Award-winning actor and is best known for his films Apollo 13, Forest Gump, Philadelphia and Saving Private Ryan in addition to voicing the cowboy Woody in the Toy Story animated series of films. Hanks has an eclectic collection of watches and he sports the GV version of the Rolex Milgauss.
Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor best known for his roles in Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko, October Sky and Spider-Man: Far From Home. In the photo, Gyllenhaal is wearing his Rolex Milgauss 116400GV, albeit very loosely, which makes it look a tad odd.
James May is best known to audiences around the world for his role as a presenter for Top Gear and The Grand Tour, with his co-presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. He is nicknamed “Captain Slow” for his demeanour behind the wheel. May has the less popular and now discontinued white dial version of the Milgauss, with non-tinted sapphire crystal.
Daniele De Rossi
Daniele De Rossi is a retired Italian soccer player. De Rossi has spent the majority of his career at Roma before a short stint at Boca Juniors before hanging up his boots. He has a collection of both modern and vintage Rolex and was wearing his green crystal Milgauss while on duty for Italy in 2010.
Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, producer and screenwriter best known for starring as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky films and as soldier John Rambo in the Rambo films. Recently Stallone has gotten into modern Patek Philippe and Rolex timepieces. Stallone’s first notable watch was a reference 1680 gold Rolex Submariner from Tiffany & Co. Stallone is pictured here wearing his Milgauss with a green crystal.