This Rolex “Batman” GMT Master II, ref. 116710BLNR set hearts alight when it was unveiled at the 2013 Baselworld Fair in Geneva. A black and blue (Noir) colorway and bleu on Rolex’s patented Cerachrom ceramic bezel isn’t what anybody was expecting. With a near scratchproof surface as well as platinum numerals it’s as a complex achievement as other in the contemporary Rolex lineup and provides a good shock of color against the 40mm solid metal case.
The newness might have stopped there and everybody will have been delighted but like most contemporary steel GMTs the “Batman” sports white-colored yellow lume surrounds, white gold Mercedes hands, the lauded in house automatic caliber 3186 action plus the patented screw-down, Triplock crown. That Rolex designed the GMT hand complement the blue on the bezel is simply a great touch most of the way around.
It is well worth noting that a multi-colored, one-piece ceramic bezel had never been attained before by anybody, which the 116710BLNR was the very first Master II in 6 years to use a bezel in anything apart from black. It is not hyperbole to state that it in the realm of the nuanced Rolex enthusiast this particular watch was historic, that is squarely in the spirit of the GMT line.
Originally created to allow PanAm pilots the capability to simultaneously track 2 individual timezones – one set against the 24 hour Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) via an arrow tipped hand – present-day GMT goes on to evoke the golden era of transatlantic flight in the 1950s and also the jet set of the 1980s. This’s a watch you put to local time right before you step off a Chris Craft on Lake Cuomo, straw Fedora in hand.
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Crystal||Scratch Resistant Sapphire|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|
|Color/Finish||Brushed & Polished|
|Band Name||Rolex Jubilee|
|Clasp||Rolex Folding Oysterlock Safety Clasp|
|Clasp Features||Easylink 5mm comfort extension link|
|Movement||Automatic – Chronometer|
|Complications||GMT Time Zone|
|Caliber||Rolex Caliber 3186|
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