Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: X Geneva Saturday, November 9, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2018
    Reference No: 116710BLNR
    Case No: F7W43660
    Model Name: GMT-Master II "Batman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3186, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Garantee stamped by Madrid retailer Joyeria Grassy and dated July 31, 2018, sale tag, plastic bezel protection ring, green cardhoder, product literature, green presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    When reference 116710BLNR was launched in 2013, collectors were immediately raptured by the black and blue bezel, a color combination never before seen on a GMT. A true instant classic, the “Batman" - as it soon came to be known due to obvious chromatic reasons - is now one of the most desired modern sports watches made by any brand. Such a remarkable success was surprisingly accompanied by a relatively short production run: from 2019 the new reference 126710BLNR - with Jubilee bracelet and new caliber 3285 - took its place, making this now discontinued model highly interesting under a collectability level, being the the first model of its kind: truly "Batman begins".

    The present piece is offered in mint, unused condition and complete with all of its accessories.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 116710BLNR
A fine, attractive and mint-condition stainless steel dual time automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, black and blue ceramic bezel, bracelet, Guarantee and box

Circa 2018
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF22,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019