Probably the most expensive and famous of all Batman watches is the Rolex “Batman”. Of course, we’re not talking about any watch worn on Bruce Wayne’s wrist. Instead, the Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR (new for 2021) and 116710BLNR (vintage 2013) black and blue bezels are another watch that has earned their superhero moniker. Let’s take a look at how and why this Rolex watch is associated with the Dark Knight.
Who wears the Rolex Batman?
Celebrities such as singer John Mayer, actors Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) and Steve Carell (The Office), famous personalities and athletes such as tennis champion Roger Federer, and Kasper Schmeichel Carlos (Leicester City goalkeeper) and Karim Benzema (Real Madrid striker), Christian Benteke (Belgian professional footballer) and many more sports stars.
Rolex Batman Watch
First of all, let’s talk about the difference between the old Rolex GMT series and the new Rolex GMT-Master 2 series? First of all, Rolex decided to sell their best replica watches, more with their new patented “Cerachrom” hardened ceramic bezel insert, which is highly scratch resistant and will not be damaged by exposure to Faded by UV light. In this way, Rolex had to challenge itself to find a way to combine the two colors with the ceramic material. Going back to making bezels out of metal, that’s no big deal, but doing the same with ceramic materials requires some serious creative thinking. The good news is that Rolex has never been accused of lack of creativity in its manufacturing methods. They actually wrote a book about innovation.
Another difference between the two self-winding sports watches is the Oyster bracelet, which was used on the previous model, 116710BLNR. In 2019, with the release of the new generation watch model 126710, the Oyster bracelet was first replaced by the Jubilee bracelet on the new model, reference 126710BLNR, until 2021, when they reintroduced the original Oyster bracelet into the updated 126710 Oyster. Take Batman.
The price of the Rolex Batman has skyrocketed over the past few years, it’s nearly impossible to get one anywhere at MSRP, and it doesn’t look like it’s going down any time soon. So now might be a good time to sell one. A BLNR is a special kind of watch, and if you bought one a few years ago and never wore it, you’ll pay thousands more than you originally paid. Due to the recent volatility in fake Rolex prices, it’s hard to say it’s going to drop in the foreseeable future, so if you buy one, you’re probably paying at least full price.
The BLNR Rolex 116710 is not the first two-tone bezel from Rolex. The Rolex GMT collection has always had watches with two-tone bezels… long before the Rolex GMT Batman was introduced. This is a tradition that continues for over 50 years. From their red and blue “Pepsi” bezel (think, with those colors, it would be more appealing to call it “Superman”) to their red and black “Coke” bezel (Daredevil or Dead) waiter?). The Rolex two-tone bezel has always earned a catchy moniker somehow. Now we have another color combination with a blue and black two-tone border, dubbed “Batman” or “Dark Night.” Some even call it “Bruiser” because of the black and royal blue hues. Why Batman? Well, black and blue are some of the most common color combinations in the classic Batman comics and shows, and…that does sound appealing!