Buy a Rolex Batman - The GMT-Master II 116710BLNR with the distinctive bezel
Like every popular series the Rolex' GMT-Master has gone through several updates. The latest version of it made its debut at Baselworld in 2013
. The Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 Blue-Noir or BLNR
was quickly known as "Batman"
due to its black/blue Cerachrom bezel
. Nothing is more subjective than colour when it comes to watches. Meanwhile, the combination of black and blue is new territory for Rolex
itself. The division is quite logical, if one understands it like Coke
as a differentiation between day and night hours. If you still feel insecure about buying a Rolex Batman ref. 116710BLNR
, we advise you to choose the ref. 116710LN
You're still in? Then let's go a little deeper into detail, how Rolex mastered these sharp, flawless transitions of the bezel
. The process is patented by Rolex, which is why the rough steps are known. Still the details will forever remain strictly confidential. What we know is the following: The bezel starts with blue, while the black is added later. To do this, the subsequent blue part of the bezel is covered, while the uncovered half is chemically treated. In a PVD process, the 24-hour graduation engraved into the bezel is covered with a fine layer of platinum
, giving the bezel its shine and depth.
The transition between the two halves is highly precise and perfectly balanced. One of the most beautiful experiences you can have with the Rolex Batman
is to see how the Batman adapts to different lighting conditions. Exposed to direct sunlight, the blue of the Batman
shines in a bright neon, while in semi-shade it changes into a soft purple violet. In dim lighting, the entire bezel seems almost black.
Even pre-owned, the Rolex Batman with calibre 3186 never lets you down.
Don't be fooled by its pretty exterior, the GMT-Master II 116710BLNR (Batman)
also convinces in its interior. The watch is powered by an automatic movement with calibre 3186
and 31 bearing jewels as well as a power reserve of 48 hours
. The accuracy is -2/+2 seconds per day. The GMT function activates the third clock hand, which can be used to set a second time zone. Compared to the 3185 calibre, which series started in 1988, the 3186 is also equipped with a fast date mechanism and a parachrome spiral to protect it against shocks and temperature changes. Of course, it is also COSC certified.
The new movement makes the Batman slightly thicker in size than the old GMT-Master models with the calibre 3185. The case is rather average with 40 mm, but gains in presence and compactness due to the Super Case. The Rolex 116710BLNR is best-suited as a daily watch
, but its classic look also makes it appropriate for a business casual setting. Offered as a standard Oyster bracelet with EasyLink, Rolex presented a new version of the BLNR equipped with the jubilee bracelet at Baselworld 2019 - the GMT-Master II 126710BLNR
or so-called new Batman.
Certified pre-owned items of ref. 116710BLNR
can already be found for a price from 12,000 €
, while the new price is approx. 14,000 €. Alternatively, you can finance your favourite piece for 238€ per month.
Duel of the generations: Coke and Pepsi against Batman
||Rolex Coke / Pepsi (16710)
||Rolex Batman (116710BLNR)
||from 10,060 € / 10,660 €
|| from 12,400 €
|Year of Production
||1989 to 2007
||40 mm stainless steel
||Super Case (40 mm) stainless steel
||Oyster with Easy Link
||Oyster with Easy Link / Jubilee
||Black/red and blue/red
||Black and blue
Price comparison: Batman vs. Hulk vs. Kermit
Although the Batman is by far the most popular model of the new GMT-Master II models, its sister models don't really have to hide themselves. The Submariner 116610LV
is also called by the name "Hulk"
because of the combination of green bezel and dial. It comes with the caliber 3135 and the perfectly polished Oyster bracelet. Like every good diver's watch, the Hulk has a bezel that can be rotated to one side and is water-resistant up to 300 meters. The price of the two models is roughly the same, although the Hulk shows clearly more collector potential. Well-preserved pre-owned models can already be obtained for a comparable low price of 12,000 €, while the recommended retail price is about 14,000 €.
If the "Hulk" is too extravagant for you, you will be satisfied with the Submariner 16610LV
or so-called "Kermit"
. With its black dial, it is the stylish, classic version with a pinch of more sportiness thanks to its green bezel. Like the Batman and the Hulk, it also comes with a Super Case and Maxi Dial, which makes it very present on the wrist. Special editions are not always cheap and the Kermit should be considered as a serious investment with a retail price of 13.000 €. Therefore, we offer you the possibility to finance a certified used Kermit for already 500€ per month.