Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2020
    Reference No: 126710BLNR
    Case No: 224290J2
    Model Name: GMT-Master II, “Batgirl”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3285, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee deployant clasp stamped “654”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Oriental Watch Co. Ltd Hong Kong dated 21st March 2020, green card holder, hang tag, instruction manual, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex ref. 116710BLNR was first presented at the 2013 Baselworld. Applauded by both critics and collectors, its nickname “Batman” was coined for its obvious dual-tone blue and black bezel. Launched in 2019 to replace its predecessor, the ref. 126710BLNR is fitted with an updated caliber 3285 and a 3-link designed Oyster bracelet.

    The present example features a Jubilee bracelet, paying homage to the line of historic GMT-Masters which were offered a choice of the Oyster or Jubilee bracelets. Rolex scholars quickly bestowed a new nickname, “Batgirl”, to this combination of the blue-black bezel with a 5-link designed bracelet.

    Presented in “like-new” condition, this present example retains its partial stickers and is further accompanied by its original accessories. This GMT-Master II “Batgirl” is offered by a collector who bought this highly sought-after and timeless collectable in 2020. For those who love the look of the Bat duo, here’s your chance to get both the “Batman” 116710BLN and “Batgirl” 126710BLNR in this auction.

  • 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. 126710BLNR
A “like-new” and sought-after stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with center seconds, date, Cerachrom black and blue bezel, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2020
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for HK$127,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023