Rolex - The New York Watch Auction: SIX New York Saturday, June 11, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2021
    Reference No: 126710BLNR
    Case No: 16’F06’2W6
    Model Name: GMT-Master II, “Batgirl”
    Material: Stainless steel with Cerachrom bezel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3285, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex International Guarantee card, dated 17 April, 2021, green leather Rolex presentation box, Rolex hang tags, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex’s GMT-Master has been a hallmark of their production since it was first introduced in 1955. Through the decades it has been upgraded, modernized, and remains an icon in the world of horology. The Rolex GMT-Master II revolutionized the original GMT model with a new caliber allowing the user to quickly adjust the hour hand forward or backwards in one hour increments. When the hour is adjusted, the minute hand continues to run increasing the efficiency and accuracy of the watch. The new reference 16760 was first released in 1983, and later replaced in 1989 by the reference 16710 with three bezel variations: the “Coke” bezel (black and red), all black bezel, and the most sought after “Pepsi”, blue and red bezel.
    The reference 116710BLNR was first presented during Baselworld 2013 and received immediate praise by both critics and collectors. Nicknamed the “Batman” for its obvious bicolour black and blue bezel. It was updated in 2019 with the present reference 126710BLNR, fitted with an updated calibre (3285) introduced the previous year, but now available also with a Jubilee bracelet - a nod to historic GMT-Master models, which were offered with a choice of Jubilee or Oyster bracelets. The collecting community immediately bestowed a new nickname for the Jubilee bracelet variation of the BLNR version: the “Batgirl”, as opposed to the “Batman” for the Oyster bracelet version, most likely for the more suave feeling of the 5-link bracelet.

    Offered in unworn, factory new condition, and retaining all of its original accessories, this highly sought after example is considered a classic collectible by watch

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 126710BLNR
A brand new and extremely sought after dual time wristwatch with date, black and blue Cerachrom bezel, bracelet, guarantee and presentation boxes

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$8,000 - 16,000 

Sold for $28,980

Contact Specialist

Paul Boutros

Head of Watches, Americas

+1 (212) 940-1293


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Head of Sale, New York

+1 (212) 940 1285

The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022