The Batman is one of Rolex's most desirable watches. A blue and black bezel made of scratch-resistant ceramic characterizes this GMT-Master II. The luxury watch can display three time zones at once thanks to its rotating bezel and blue, 24-hour hand.
|Model and reference number||Price (approx.)||Bezel color and case|
|Batman, 116710BLNR||11,000 USD||Blue and black, stainless steel|
|GMT-Master II, 116710LN||9,300 USD||Black, stainless steel|
|GMT-Master II, bicolor, 116713LN||12,200 USD||Black, stainless steel and yellow gold|
|Gold GMT-Master II, 116718LN||28,100 USD||Black, yellow gold|
|Pepsi, 116719BLRO||32,600 USD||Red and blue, white gold|
The Rolex Batman with the reference number 116710BLNR (BLNR stands for "bleu/noir," French for "blue/black"), is currently one of Rolex's most popular watches. If you want this GMT-Master II with a blue and black bezel, be prepared to either wait a few weeks or buy one online on Chrono24. Buying a watch on Chrono24 often means you'll get your Rolex Batman faster.
The Rolex 116710BLNR's list price is 10,100 USD. Since the timepiece was first presented in 2013, there are only a few pre-owned watches available . If you find one in very good condition, you should be prepared to pay at least 10,500 USD. Watches in mint-condition are only slightly more expensive at 11,100 USD. Generally, the Rolex BLNR retains its value quite well. In recent years, prices have increased so much that the Batman has come to be seen as an investment piece . Although online prices are higher, buying online comes with one distinct advantage: You will receive your watch in a very short period of time and can avoid a waiting time of multiple months.
Compared to the Rolex Batman, the standard version ( reference number 116710LN) with a black ceramic bezel is listed for only 9,500 USD. You can purchase a pre-owned model in very good condition for around 8,500 USD. You can find new Rolex 116710LNs for around 9,300 USD.
The bicolor stainless steel and 18-karat yellow gold model with reference number 116713LN also has a black Cerachrom bezel . Cerachrom is Rolex's own particularly scratch-resistant ceramic. Its color doesn't fade after exposure to UV light. Many bezels used to gradually lose their color over the years. The GMT-Master II with reference number 116713LN costs around 11,000 USD pre-owned. You can purchase a new version of the timepiece for around 12,200 USD.
The Rolex Batman's most distinctive feature is its blue and black ceramic bezel. This color combination is reminiscent of the Dark Knight, lending the Rolex BLNR its nickname. The blue half of the 24-hour bezel symbolizes daytime hours and the black half symbolizes nighttime hours. This way, you can tell from just one look whether it's day or nighttime in the second time zone. Many GMT watch wearers use the second time zone to display the time at home when they are traveling. The usual three hands for hours, minutes, and seconds, display the local time. The 24-hour hand on the Batman model is also blue; the standard version (reference number 116710LN) has a green hand.
The Rolex Batman has a diameter of 40 mm, as do most standard Rolex watches. If you're looking for a larger sports watch, then take a look at the Sea-Dweller Deepsea or the Sea-Dweller, introduced at Baselworld 2017. The Sea-Dweller has a diameter of 43 mm, while the Deepsea is a millimeter larger at 44 mm. The GMT-Master II Batman's case is made of 904L stainless steel. This material is predominantly used in aviation and cutting-edge technology. 904L stainless steel is especially corrosion-resistant and easy to polish.
Rolex uses the popular Oyster bracelet with the Batman. The Oyster bracelet is used in many other Rolex watches, such as the Submariner. Yet unlike the Submariner, the middle links of the three-link metal bracelet on the Rolex Batman are polished, not satin-brushed. The polished middle links are also featured on other GMT-Master II models, giving these timepieces a more refined look. The Batman pairs well with a suit at the office with its blue/black bezel. The folding Oysterlock safety clasp keeps the watch securely on your wrist and ensures the bracelet doesn't open accidentally. The Easylink comfort extension link system is especially practical. You can use it to extend your Oyster bracelet by about 5 mm. This is particularly useful on hot days when your wrist swells slightly.
The blue 24-hour hand on the Rolex Batman matches the blue/black ceramic bezel perfectly. The standard version with reference number 116710LN has a green GMT hand, and "GMT-Master II" is written on the dial in green, instead of the white inscription on the BLNR. Rolex did this to ensure that a standard GMT-Master couldn't simply be set with a blue/black bezel and sold as a more expensive Batman. Every GMT-Master II has the iconic Cyclops lens over the date display.
The in-house caliber 3186 powers the Rolex Batman. This automatic movement features a date display and a GMT function. Like every Rolex caliber, the 3186 has a certificate from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). According to the international norm, a mechanical chronometer may only deviate between -4 and +6 seconds a day. Rolex has even stricter rules and retests the watch's deviation after its certification. A Rolex watch may only deviate between -2 and +2 seconds a day. Since the caliber 3186 has a stop-seconds mechanism, you can set the time to the exact second. The movement has a power reserve of 48 hours.
The Rolex Batman is a modern interpretation of an iconic watch. The first GMT-Master with reference number 6542 was introduced in the mid-1950s. Rolex originally developed the wristwatch for the American airline company Pan American World Airways , Pan Am. At the time, international flights that crossed multiple time zones in a short period were new. The ability to display multiple time zones on a watch became important for the first time in history. Pan Am commissioned Rolex to develop a wristwatch that could fulfill these demands. The result was the GMT-Master 6542 with a rotatable 24-hour bezel and an additional 24-hour hand. In order to better differentiate between day and night hours, the bezel was divided into two parts colored red and blue. Blue represented the night hours and red represented the day hours.
Do you know when the Rolex GMT-Master had its film debut? In Goldfinger (1964), Pussy Galore wears a model with reference number 6542. The watch isn't a James Bond watch like the Rolex Submariner 6538, but the Rolex Pepsi found its way onto the big screen nonetheless.
If the colors of the Rolex Batman aren't important, and you still want a GMT-Master II, you could buy the variant with a black Cerachrom bezel. This model is significantly more affordable, both new and pre-owned, than the watch with reference number 116710BLNR. Both versions are technically equivalent.
The classic Rolex GMT-Master has a red and blue bezel , also knows as the Rolex Pepsi. At Baselworld 2018, Rolex presented the reference number 126710BLRO, a stainless steel GMT-Master II with a red and blue Cerachrom bezel, a Jubilee bracelet, and the in-house caliber 3285. The movement provides this Pepsi with a 70-hour power reserve. The Rolex 16710, also a Rolex GMT-Master II, is another model made of stainless steel with a blue and red bezel. Rolex began producing the 16710 towards the end of the 1980s.
The GMT-Master II ref. 16710 came in numerous editions, thus you can also find models with a black or red and black bezel. The red and black version is known as the Rolex Coke, as the colors of the bezel resemble the colors used by Coca-Cola. However, the bezels on the Rolex 16710 aren't as scratch and fade-resistant as the Cerachrom bezels found on the current models. Since these watches are no longer produced, models in mint-condition are extremely rare.
The first GMT-Master II was a Rolex Coke. The Geneva-based manufacturer introduced the model with reference number 16760 for the first time in the mid-1980s. Back then, the red and black bezel and use of sapphire glass were new. Today, sapphire glass is a standard part of Rolex watches. The caliber 3085 was also new at the time. The caliber allowed the hour hand to be set independently. Since the case of the Rolex 16760 was thicker, it was nicknamed " Fat Lady ." There are only a few original Rolex Cokes remaining today; this is because the 16760 was only produced for a few years. Although the Fat Lady is quite rare, you can find pre-owned models for as low as 10,100 USD.
The most well-known version of the GMT-Master is probably the so-called "Rolex Pepsi." It's identifiable by its red and blue bezel, which is reminiscent of Pepsi's red and blue logo. Older models made of stainless steel with the reference number 16750 are available pre-owned for around 11,300 USD. These timepieces, unlike the current GMT-Master II, have a bezel with an aluminum inlay.
Since then, the Rolex Pepsi has also received the Cerachrom bezel treatment. From 2014 to 2018, its bracelet and case were made exclusively of 18-karat white gold, making this Rolex GMT-Master II (ref. 116719BLRO) a particularly luxurious sports watch. BLRO stands for "bleu/rouge," French for "blue/red." What's more, Rolex produces all their alloys in-house at their own foundries. Its difficult to find pre-owned Rolex Pepsi 116719BLRO models since their production period is so recent. Pre-owned examples in very good condition go for around 30,400 USD, while those in mint-condition start around 32,500 USD. Their official list price sits at 43,200 USD, meaning you can save a large sum of money by purchasing this gold watch online. The stainless steel Pepsi from 2018 costs 9,200 USD according to the list price.
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