1933 – Tissot Antimagnetique
The first mass-market antimagnetic wristwatch, Tissot’s watch used palladium in the crucial escapement mechanism to reduce magnetic interference.
1948 – IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Mark 11
Made for RAF pilots, the Mark 11’s movement was placed in an inner case of soft iron, which acted like a Faraday cage to deflect magnetic fields emanating from cockpit instruments.
1955 – IWC Ingenieur
IWC introduced the inner shielding tech from the Mark 11 to the civilian market in a watch aimed at engineers and scientists working in fast-developing technical areas.
1989 – IWC Ingenieur 500,000 a/m
IWC used non-ferrous materials to create a watch that could resist far higher magnetic forces than anything attempted before. Its timekeeping was unreliable, however, and it was only produced in small numbers.
1956 – Rolex Milgauss
Rolex also used the inner shielding method for its Milgauss, which could resist fields up to 1,000 Gauss (a fridge magnet is about 50 Gauss). It was marketed for scientists at the newly-opened CERN laboratory. The following year, Omega made produced the Railmaster antimagnetic watch as electronic rail travel proliferated.
1996 – Bell & Ross Bomb Disposal Type
The young French company making military-style pilots watches created an antimagnetic watch for use by bomb disposal experts.
2007 – Milgauss revived
Rolex brought back the Milgauss, still with 1,000 Gauss resistance. It’s been a niche favourite with buyers ever since, particularly in its green-dial incarnation.
2013 – Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000
Omega has rewritten the rule book this year with a watch capable of withstanding 15,000 Gauss – enough to see off the magnetism generated by an MRI scanner. It uses futuristic nonmagnetic materials, including silicon – with no shielding, the movement can be fully on display.