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▶ Rolex Milgauss, Blue Dial VS Rolex Explorer I, Stainless Steel COMPARISON – 116400GV 214270

▶ Rolex Milgauss, Blue Dial VS Rolex Explorer I, Stainless Steel COMPARISON – 116400GV 214270

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we would really appreciate if you’ll buy a watch from once in awhile. Alright, so today we’re gonna be doing a comparison between the Rolex Milgauss here on my left,
reference number 116400GV. That’s a G as in George, V as in Victor. On my right, here we
have the Rolex Explorer, in the third 9 millimeter, the
214270 or rather Explorer 1. We’ll be going over the
dials, bezels, case, crowns, bracelet , clasp, and we’ll talk about the movements towards the end of the video. All right, so jumping right into the dial, as you can see two drastically
different dial styles. On the left here we have the Milgauss with the beautiful Sunburst Blue dial. We have index hour markers
all the way throughout, with a Rolex crown logo at
the 12 o’clock position, a fashion 18 karat white gold, and the Milgauss name in the green, with the seconds hand being a nice orange thunderbolt hand instead. For the Rolex Explorer,
it’s sort of a throwback to the older style,
Oyster Perpetuals and such before it was coined an
Explorer around 1953 I believe, when two climbers, Hillary and
Norgay climbed Mount Everest, and gained the popularity
of the name Explorer. Explorer specifically,
this is an Explorer One. So this is a throwback to
the older style vintage watch around in 1920s or so,
when they actually made the first Oyster Perpetual
mechanical automatic watch. And we have the simple index hour markers. They change from the three,
six, and nine Arabic numerals in their respective positions. Of course, these index hour markers are fashion 18 karat white
gold, same as the Milgauss. One thing to mention is that the luminescence
on both these watches are a little bit different
in terms of look, but they still actually
do have the same style of luminescence. So you can see this white index, and it’s sort of like
a greenish on this one. That’s actually caused because
of the green sapphire crystal instead of the standard
clear sapphire crystal. The green sapphire crystal
is actually a newer addition to the Milgauss series, as
the previous one did have just a simple clean
sapphire crystal as so, but the green actually pops and makes it look much more nicely and works very nicely in comparison with the orange accents and
that Blue Sunburst dial. The Explorer just keeps it
simple with that black dial. It’s not a Sunburst, it’s
just a matte black dial so just completely black throughout. We have the Explorer name
at the six o’clock position, instead of the 12 o’clock position, how the Milgauss is set there. We still do have the outer NSE railing, and the same could be
said for the Milgauss, each hour marker has a respective time, and the seconds or minutes, and they are Arabic
numerals and orange accent. In regards to the luminescence
I did actually skip over, so I do apologize. They do have the same luminescence. The luminescence is a highly
legible chromolite display with a long lasting blue luminescence. So both of these watches
will glow in the dark with an easier legibility during the dark, with a blue glow in the dark feature, and that can last up to eight hours or so. One thing to mention about the Explorer 1 is actually from their previous update from the newer model,
this is the newer style so the one thing I would mention is the three, six and nine
are luminescent filled, whereas the previous model was a solid 18 karat white gold, so that did not glow in the dark, but they’ve changed that in
a newer update to the model. So those are the differences
between the dials. One other difference is that the Explorer only comes in the black dial. The Milgauss actually comes
in a black dial as well. It will still have the same
orange accents however. All right, moving onto the bezel now. The bezels, they both
have the same style bezels which is a nice high-polish smooth bezel. It’s made out of Rolex’s 904L steel. Actually, pretty much all
of the steel on this watch is made out of Rolex’s 904L steel, which is in-house made steel by Rolex. It has additional corrosion resistance and a nice shine to it. But you can see, it frames
the dial very beautifully with that high polish. It sort of makes up for
that dial on the Explorer 1 and it helps bring more of
a forward-face viewing to it as it doesn’t have that Sunburst dial, whereas a Sunburst dial
kind of works in junction with a high polish, and really
brings much, much more shine to the face of the watch; however, both are very,
very nice regardless. So, moving onto the case now. The case size, we have
two different case sizes. For the Milgauss we have
the 40 millimeter case size. From my index finger to my thumb here, that’s 40 millimeters in diameter. For the Explorer, one is
39 millimeters in diameter, so from my index finger to my thumb here, 39 millimeters in diameter. So it’s just 1 millimeter in difference in terms of overall size
for a case of the watch, but like I said, both
made out of 904L steel. One thing to mention is that the Explorer is more of a sportier
watch, and the Milgauss is more of a dressier
watch, and that’s shown in regards to the lugs of the case. For the Milgauss we
have a nice high polish on the lugs of the case, and we have a satin finish
on the lugs of the case for the Explorer, Explorer 1. And the same thing for the bottom, you can see that nice high polish as well, and Explorer 1, that nice
satin finish as well. Move on to the size of the case now, the thickness of the case. There are actually gonna be
two different thicknesses. As you can see the Milgauss
has a larger case thickness than the Explorer 1, and
actually a reasoning behind that. The reasoning behind that is that for the Milgauss is
actually two style of cases where it has a regular casing and then it has a Farrell
magnetic enclosure for our casing to protect the movement, as both of these watches were sort of released
around the same time, around the 1950s for the Milgauss, the 1950s for the Explorer 1, but it’s just that the Explorer 1 didn’t really get its name until 1953, but two drastically different
ideas for the watches. The Milgauss was made in
conjunction of around the time when the television sets
and radio sets were made, so households were introduced
to electromagnetic fields, and that Farrell magnetic enclosure helps divert those magnetic fields away from the movement so it can
keep more precise timekeeping, as if a magnetic field
were to affect the movement of the watch, it would actually cause it to run very, very quickly
or very, very slowly. Whereas the Explorer 1 was just a, like I said, it was made in conjunction with the original Oyster Perpetual, the bubble back and such back then, and it really was just a very simple watch with an automatic movement. But so, both were released
around the same time when they first were released. So, for the actual sizes
of the size of thickness of the watch, I can actually
show you the thickness for it. So go ahead and zero that out. So, for the Milgauss we’re looking, switch that over to inches. Okay, so for the Milgauss we’re looking at around 13-and-a-quarter
for the thickness, because of that additional
casing for the watch. And for the Explorer 1,
zero that out once more. Explorer we’re looking
at almost 2 millimeters less in thicknesses. So if you’re worried about the watch sitting too high off your wrist, you’re only looking really
about a 2 millimeter difference between the two watches, so both (mumbles) goes very nicely regardless. All right, so moving on to the crown now. So the crown functions are
the same for both watches. They’re both screw-down, twin-lock and double
waterproof-ness systems. I will just show you on the
Milgauss crown features. So you unwind counterclockwise as shown, and in the standard positioning
you can wind the watch. 15 to 20 winds is all you need to get the watch started from a dead stop. Pulling the crown out to the next position will allow you to adjust the date, bidirectionally as shown. And of course pulling the
crown out to the final position will stop that seconds
hand for precise time sync, such as to an atomic clock online. You could set it down to the exact second, and pressing the crown back in will start that seconds hand once more. So, that’s the same features
for both of the watches in terms of the crown functions, same twin-lock,
double-waterproof-ness system, and same winding and setting of time. Specifically, always make sure the screws are nice and tight against the case, as both watches are water resistant for 100 meters or 330 feet. Moving on to the bracelets now. For the bracelets of the
watch as I mentioned, the Milgauss is more of a dressier watch and the Explorer 1 is
more of a sportier watch. We have the high polish down the center of the three-piece Oyster
links for the Milgauss, and just satin finish for
the whole Oyster bracelet, in terms of the frontal
portions of the link. There’s always high polish on the sides of the Oyster bracelets. So we have, once again,
high polish down the center on the Millguass, and it goes
through the clasp as well. As we shift towards the clasping, you can see the high
polish down the center, and a satin finish through the Explorer 1. Moving on to the clasp now, you can see the clasp difference here. The Millguass has a simple
folding Oyster clasp, that opens up as so, revealing the beautifully
high polished clasp blade, with a Rolex name embossed on there. The Explorer 1 has a
safety folding Oyster lock, which has a little safety hinge here, that sits on top of that folding Oyster. So just one additional step of being able to lock down that clasp. And again, high polish on the clasp blade with the Rolex name embossed on there. So those are the differences
between the clasps, and of course that’s, like I said, dressier watch on the left,
sportier watch on the right. So moving on to the movements now. So the movement, I’m gonna
start with the Milgauss first. The movement of the Milgauss is housed in this Oyster case backing. Like I said, it’s sort of a double casing, with that Ferrell magnetic enclosure. The Rolex Oyster name with the Millgauss engraved on the back around
the outer edges there. And the movement is a 3131
movement made by Rolex. Has a Perpetual mechanical
self-winding movement, that has a precision of minus-two, plus-two seconds a day, which is, they like to boast
about the six o’clock position, both watches have this, is the “Superlative Chronometer
Officially Certified” text at the six o’clock position. It has the functions of the
hour, minute and seconds hand, with stopping its seconds
hand for precise time setting, as I’m showing you with
the crown functions. So, the 3131 movement
is actually an update from the 3130 movement,
which is the typical movement that was used on such things
as like a no-date Submariner. It’s Rolex’s movement that does not have a date
function inside of it. The ones that do is a 3135 or 3136. But specifically this one
is a 3131, as an update from the 3130, and the main
update that they’ve done from the 3130 to the
3131, is that they added the paramagnetic blue
Parachrom hairspring, which adds additional
resistance again, to magnetism. That’s pretty much the main
thing they did for that. It still has the same power
reserve as the previous movement which was a 48-hour power reserve, meaning you could put this
watch down on a Friday evening, pick it back up on a Sunday afternoon, it’d be keeping time just fine. So, with that one being a 3131, what does the Explorer 1 have? Well the Explorer 1 has a 3132 movement. Same style movement,
it’s a no-date movement, but it’s updated from the 3131. It’s still a magnetic, rather, it’s a Perpetual
mechanical self-winding movement. It still has that precision, it still has all the same functions. It has the same oscillator, being that paramagnetic
blue Parachrom hairspring. So it has that same additional
magnetic resistance, of course, so the Millgauss
will still win out in total magnetic resistance
because of that double casing. But what they’ve done to the update on the Explorer 1 movement, is that they’ve added the
Paraflex shock absorbers. So the Paraflex shock absorbers are in-house made shock absorbers by Rolex that reduce the shocks of a
watch approximately 50% more as they claim, so your watch is not subject to too
much shifting in precision when introduced to shock, such as you actually bang
your wrist against the wall or against the doorframe or such. But the power reserve is still the same, so you’re looking at a
48-hour power reserve still. And that’s it for the movement. Now let me actually go ahead and show you these watches on my wrist. Start with the Milguass first. Open up that folding Oyster. Open it up, close it on, there we are. It’s an absolutely unique dial. You won’t find this style dial anywhere in the Rolex line, besides the Milgauss, that really beautiful Sunburst Blue dial, with the orange accents,
really complimenting colors with the green sapphire crystal as well. The high polish down the bracelet and also in matching
with the bezel and lugs, jus tall work really
nice in unison together. Whereas the Explorer 1, we’re gonna open up that
safety folding Oyster as shown. There we are, nice
satin finish throughout. This is the sportier piece. This is a piece that if you
want to wear it every day, this would probably be your
choice of wearing every day. It’s a nice classic piece,
very simple black dial, simple polishing all throughout. So there’s the watches side-by-side. So if you’re interested in this watch or any other watch for
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Reader Comments

  1. Both nice, but i must admit the black dial of the explorer, along with the stainless steel is a great combination, and oozes class.

  2. I think the colored lightning bolt for a sweep-hand looks ridiculous. To me Rolex ruined a beautiful watch by making it look childish. 👎🏻

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