Sometimes things get weird at HODINKEE headquarters. Case in point: that one time that our esteemed editor-in-chief, Jack Forster, thought that it would be a good idea to bring a super powerful neodymium magnet into a room filled with watches new and old. In case you need a reminder, magnetism is the archenemy of mechanical watches, basically destroying their ability to accurately keep time in intense enough applications. So what was Jack thinking? That’s easy: He was going to take two watches that boasted about their anti-magnetic abilities and put them to the test.
And he did just that. Jack grabbed a Rolex Milgauss and an Omega Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss and ran a little science experiment. He checked the rate of each watch, exposed each to close contact with the 4,000 gauss magnet for 24 hours, and then checked each again. To find out the results, you’ll just have to read his full report.