This May 1st—also known as Batman Day—instead of dressing up like the Caped Crusader, we’d much rather go the adult route and sport the Rolex Batman watch. Boasting some superpowers of its own, the Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 BLNR is, in fact, one of the most coveted Rolex sports watches today. Join us as we unmask the mysteries of this black and blue high-tech wrist machine.
Why is it Nicknamed the Rolex Batman?
The Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 BLNR flew onto the scene in 2013 much to the delight of Rolex fans everywhere. It quickly picked up the Batman nickname among Rolex devotees in reference to its blue and black ceramic bezel sitting on top of its 40mm stainless steel case.
The bi-colored bezel was indeed a surprise to many since Rolex had adamantly maintained that having a two-toned ceramic bezel would be impossible. But Rolex managed to pull it off perfectly—and of course, patented the process too. Masterminds never give away their secrets, after all!
Another surprising detail was the color choice for the bezel since Rolex has never used black and blue together before. They’ve had black bezels, blue bezels, blue and red bezels, black and red bezels, and even brown and beige bezels, but this is the first time Rolex has combined black and blue. Fun fact, BLNR stands for “Bleu Noir” which is French for “Blue Black.” And I’m sure you’ll agree, these colors are a match made in GMT-Master watch heaven.
The Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 BLNR is affectionately known as the “Batman” by Rolex fans
The Superpowers of the Rolex Batman
As part of the newest generation of GMT-Master II watches, the ref. 116710 BLNR “Batman” includes the larger “Super Case” Oyster case design with a broader shape and heftier built, despite it officially carrying the same 40mm size as its predecessors. Also, unlike previous five-digit references of the GMT-Master II, the new GMT-Master watches are outfitted with Triplock screw down winding crowns instead of Twinlock ones for a more robust shield against damaging water and dust particles.
Plus, there’s also the “Maxi Dial” style whereby the lume plots are larger and the Mercedes-style hands are thicker. Rolex claims that the blue Chromalight luminescence on the BLNR will continue to shine bright for up to eight hours during dark (k)nights.
A great design touch on the Rolex “Batman” is the blue GMT-hand to match the blue on the bezel. What’s more, the rehaut—or inner bezel—is emblazoned with the ROLEX ROLEX ROLEX pattern around it as a protective measure against villainous counterfeiters.
Powering this gorgeous black, blue, and steel machine is the ultra-reliable and durable Rolex Caliber 3186 automatic movement with a generous 50-hour power reserve. The newer movement is equipped with the blue Parachrom hairspring for better resistance to pesky magnetic fields and extreme temperature fluctuations.
Remember, because the GMT-hand on the GMT-Master II watches is set independently from the center hands (unlike the GMT-Master I models), the ref. 116710 BLNR can indicate three time zones rather than just two. The ideal partner to have when fighting jetlag during travels.
Finally, the Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 BLNR stays securely on the wrist thanks to the new style stainless steel Oyster bracelet with solid links and a stronger Oysterlock folding clasp. There’s even the Easylink comfort extension link should you need to lengthen the bracelet by about 5mm—to fit over your Batsuit, of course.
If you’re lucky enough to own a Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 BLNR, then wear it proudly this Batman Day to show off that you’re part of an exclusive Rolex League. Batmobile not included.