Batman Rolex GMT Master II 116710 BLNR: The Blue & Black Rolex "Batman"

What's the connection with The Dark Knight and the Black & Blue Rolex Batman watch? Find out now!

Possibly the most expensive and famous of all Batman watches is the Rolex "Batman". Of course, we're not talking about any watch that was worn on the wrist of Bruce Wayne. Rather, the Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR with a two colored blue and black bezel is another one of their watches which got a superhero nickname. Let's find out how and why this Rolex watch is connected to the Dark Knight.

Rolex Batman Watch

First, we need to begin with what made the difference between the old Rolex GMT series and the new Rolex GMT-Master 2 series? For starters, Rolex has decided to make more use of their new patented "Cerachrom" hardened ceramic bezel inserts which are highly scratch resistant and won't fade with exposure to UV rays. In doing so Rolex had to challenge themselves to find a way to combine two colors with a ceramic material. Back when bezels were manufactured using metal, this wasn't such a big deal but doing the same thing with ceramic material takes some serious creative thinking. Good thing that Rolex was never accused of being uncreative when it comes to manufacturing methods. They practically wrote the book on innovation.

 

The Rolex 116710 is not the first two-tone bezel Rolex. The Rolex GMT collection has always had watches with two-tone bezels…well before the Rolex GMT Batman was introduced. This is a tradition that has lasted for over 50 years. From their "Pepsi" bezel with red and blue tones (which come to think of it, with those colors it would be more catchy if it was called the "Superman") to their "Coke" bezel with red and black (Daredevil or Deadpool?) Rolex two-toned bezels always somehow received a nice nickname. We now have yet another color combination for the bi-colored bezel blue and black which is called the "Batman" or "Dark Night". Some even call it "The Bruiser" because of the black and royal blue hues. Why Batman? Well, black and blue are some of the most common color combinations used in the classic Batman comics and shows and …it sure sounds catchy!

 

Rolex GMT Master II 116710BLNR

Rolex has used these duotone bezels for over half a century and the Pepsi and Coke dials had a practical purpose. They were an easy way to distinguish between the AM and PM hours.  The only catch was that the colors and contrast really stuck out like a sore thumb and those that are more conservative in the way they dress would need another choice of colors that would sit well in business attire. While there are many people that still love the red & black Coke bezels and red & blue Pepsi bezels around the dials, the black & blue is pushing its way up in popularity, most likely because of the versatility of the color combination of this black and blue bezel.

So what special features do the Batman Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR have to offer?

The Rolex GMT-Master II "Dark Night" or "Batman" watch has a dual time zone feature and for the second time zone hand, uses a matching blue color on the GMT arrowhead hand which has a luminous fill. This GMT time zone complication is very convenient for people who travel or that make frequent calls to a country or state with another time zone.

Rolex GMT Master II 116710BLNR Side

The 40mm Rolex Batman GMT watch uses the patented "Triplock" screw-down crown which locks the case as tight as the hatch of a submarine. This protects the Rolex 3186 caliber automatic movement which is a 31 jewel Superlative Chronometer which has an accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day and beats at 28,800 VPH.

To people who love luxury watches, Rolex is truly a superhero watchmaker and deserves every hero nickname they get such as the Rolex Batman. Another superhero watch you should look at is the Submariner "Hulk" which got its nickname and fame due to its unique color.

In the meantime, have a look at the full specs of the Batman Rolex 116710 BLNR and well just for the sake of making a comparison we'll place it next to the 116719BLRO Rolex "Pepsi Dial" with the blue and red bezel.

 116710BLNR116719BLRO
Brand: Rolex Rolex
Series: GMT Master II GMT Master II
Model #: 116710BLNR 116719BLRO
Size: Men's Men's
Case Material: Stainless Steel 18kt White Gold
Dial Color: Black dial Black dial
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Oyster bracelet made of 904L steel 18kt White Gold
Clasp Type: Folding Clasp With Safety Latch Rolex Folding Oysterclasp
Movement: Automatic Automatic
Movement Name: Rolex caliber 3186 Rolex 3186
Movement Features: Rolex Parachrom Hairspring and Breguet Overcoil Rolex Parachrom Hairspring and Breguet Overcoil
Power Reserve: 50 hours 50 hours
Bezel: Bi-Directional Rotating Ceramic Bezel Bi-Directional Rotating Cerachrom ceramic bezel
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Case Back: Solid Solid
Water Resistance: 100m/330ft 100m/330ft
Case Diameter: 40mm 40mm
Case Thickness: 12mm 12mm
Complications: GMT Time Zone GMT Time Zone
Warranty: Prestige Time 5 Year Warranty Prestige Time 5 Year Warranty
 

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