This is definitely not an easy choice for me. Both are expertly crafted, perfectly designed and offer some of the best quality around when it comes to timepieces. But since I ultimately have to give you all a decision on which one is better, I will go ahead and say the Milgauss. This is when all Rolex fanatics bash my decision, and may even result in violent acts. Just kidding, but it is true, Rolex fans will probably call me crazy. The Submariner is such a classic, it is hard to vote against it. To me, the Milgauss is a one of a kind piece. A Rolex that is not your typical Rolex. It is fun, creative, stylish and innovative. Which is why, in my humble opinion, it beats the Submariner.
Let me begin by providing everyone with a brief history of the Milgauss model. ( Oh no, another history lesson 😭). Interestingly enough, the history of the Milgauss brand is quite fascinating! It began in the 1950’s when Rolex noticed that mechanical watches were being affected by magnetic fields. Thus, the Milgauss model was born, a model of Rolex watches that actually is not affected by magnetic fields.
This meant that these watches were curated for scientists and engineers who work in situations where the magnetic fields are intensified. So because the watch was made for scientists, Rolex implemented unique and one of a kind designs for this line of watches. As you see above, the second’s hand is in an orange lightning bolt shape with orange numbers contrasting the blue face. Enough with history, all of this talk about design has me anxious to describe the cool attributes of this watch.
A Unique Design
Some may call Rolex crazy for adding an orange lightning bolt on a watch whose name is nothing short than luxury. Well, to be completely honest, it actually looks great. This is a watch for those who have more unique personalities. It is not your average, everyday sports watch or dive watch. This is a watch that was created to be antimagnetic, to be worn by the smartest people on earth! Take that in and really enjoy what you have here.
Another great feature is the sapphire crystal used on this piece. The crystal is slightly domed, and on the sides, the crystal is a nice, bright green color.
A colored crystal has been done on other watches, but this was the first by Rolex to feature this interesting attribute. I’d say the green goes well with the blue dial and orange hand, while giving it a mad scientist look. It may not be a watch I would wear with business attire, but most certainly any casual outfits.
What makes the watch even better to me is the size. A 40mm case that does not feel too small or too big. As far as size goes, this is virtually the baby bear in the watch game; a perfect fit. The polished bezel is sleek and shiny, which actually helps with the size. It is not as bulky as the Submariner and seems to compliment the wrist more. This is not a watch for lovers of big face.
Like almost all Rolex watches, you can expect great durability with this timepiece. Rolex does not stop at luxury; they ensure to make watches that can last for many, many years.
This is not a dive watch, so do not expect 300 meters of water resistance. You do receive up to 100 meters of water resistance though, which is really all you need for an everyday watch. Just make sure your beautifully crafted, signature Rolex crown is screwed down nice and tight, to ensure your watch will not let any water in.
The oyster steel bracelet is yet another reason why this watch is durable. A 904L steel offers excellent weight, matched with a material that is not as susceptible to scratches. Add the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and ultra secure, 5 link, oyster clasp, and you have one of the most durable watches on the market.
The Special Feature
Would you call magnetic interference an aspect that hinders durability? Well if it keeps your watch from functioning properly, I would say so. The Rolex Milgauss features a ferromagnetic material in the inner case, that works to aid against electromagnetic fields. You can now roam the world free, knowing the unavoidable magnetic fields will not be affecting your watches time keeping abilities!
A Watch That Holds Value
This may be one of the most important features when purchasing an expensive watch. Yes, I know some watches may be “priceless” to some. But when you are talking this much money on a piece of metal that you wear on your wrist (such an insult to the Rolex name), value and price MATTER!
That being said, you should expect this watch to be quite expensive, but for a good reason. Being that the Milgauss is not your average watch, and features precious metals not found in many other watches. There is no reason to doubt the long-term value of the watch. If kept in good condition, I would go as far to say expect your watch to grow in value, even after it is “pre-owned.”
It is obvious that you are getting a reliable watch with this purchase. You are indeed buying a Rolex. But the 3131 movement in this piece is fantastic! It is the same 3131 movement used in other Rolex models. Just with some added metal to protect the precious movement inside. Look for this watch to be extremely accurate. Maybe a second or two off a day.
The One and Only, Rolex Submariner
Oh man, how will the Submariner stand a chance against the scientific masterpiece that is the Milgauss. Well, it definitely does stand a chance, despite the loss. It is, in fact, an amazing watch, with a rich history dating back before the Milgauss.
The Submariner is a must-have watch according to many watch collectors and one of the greatest timepieces to ever tick in this world. If you are a fan of the Rolex brand. Chances are you own, or WANT to own a Submariner.
Not a design that is overly done. The Submariner is simply clean, simple, but has so much character and is overall such a handsome looking watch.
Do not confuse the Submariner with the SeaDweller. They do virtually look identical, but the Submariner has the Rolex signature 2.5 magnification cyclops.
The Submariner may not have an innovative or one of a kind design. But we all have to admit that it looks great. The black dial, white hands and black and white bi-directional bezel, go great with the bold stainless steel bracelet. This watch also has a 40mm case, like the Milgauss, but the bezel does make the Submariner feel larger and a bit bulkier.
When to Wear the Submariner
A great feature that I can say about the Submariner, is it is extremely versatile. You can wear this watch with ANYTHING. Literally, any outfit can be worn with the Submariner. Business attire to casual to sporty and even in a full wetsuit. No matter what outfit or occasion it is, look to pull out your Submariner.
You will not be disappointed with the durability of this watch. The water resistance on this beauty is up to 300 meters (or 1,000ft). So any average swimmer or even diver can wear this watch without worrying about it breaking.
This watch also has a scratch resistant, ceramic bezel insert, a scratch-proof crystal and a nice and shiny 904L oyster bracelet, and yes you guessed it, that is great at hiding imperfections (scratch proof).
Minus the intense technology added to the Milagauss; the Submariner is just as durable. The bulkiness actually helps more when it comes to falls, bangs and scratches. So you can not go wrong with the Submariners’ strength!
A classic piece like the Submariner will always hold its value. Unless, of course, you dismantle and destroy your piece (which is not as easy as it sounds).
All Rolex Submariner models hold their value pretty well. But, I would always recommend a vintage, original piece. These are the timepieces with history. They may not feature the latest technology like the newer models. However, it is hard to turn down the original.
While diving 1,000 ft below the sea, it is important to have an accurate timepiece believe it or not. The latest Submariner is fit with a 3135 mechanical movement. This is a great, reliable movement, that we are starting to see more and more on newer model Rolex watches. Why? Because these are incredible movements. ‘
It is a large, 31 jewel movement, with a calendar aperture that is instantaneous. Meaning the date automatically changes at midnight, every night.
The Winner: The Rolex Milgauss
The name itself represents a winning breed. Milgauss comes from the Latin term, mil, meaning thousand, and gauss, which means magnetic. A thousand magnetic. Wow, that just sounds beautiful.
But the reason I chose the Milgauss over the Submariner in today’s review, is for these two reasons. For one, there are SOOOOO many dive watches on the market. With the Milgauss, you get a unique watch, that isn’t seen every day. Another reason? The technology used in the watch. I mean, how cool is it when you tell somebody, “hey, my watch is anti-magnetic!” You will easily be the coolest guy in the office or the classroom.
Honestly, though, I am in love with both of these timepieces. Whichever one you decide on purchasing.