BLNR: Bleu et noir
In 2013, Rolex released a new colour combination for the GMT Master 2 for the first time in decades. The reference number was 116710BLNR, the BLNR stands for the French designation of the new colours: bleu et noir. After several consecutive years of speculation about the discontinuation of the ref. 116710BLNR known as Rolex Batman, the speculations became truth. But instead of discontinuing the blue and black GMT Master 2, Rolex presented its successor at Baselworld 2019: the Rolex Batgirl (Ref. 126710BLNR).
Rolex Batgirl: Continuation of a success story
With the Rolex Batgirl watch, Rolex continues its success story. In doing so, the manufacturer does what it does best: careful evolution instead of storm and stress. The following changes distinguish the Batgirl from its predecessor:
Instead of the Oyster strap, Rolex has given the Batgirl the more elegant Jubilée bracelet with all stainless steel GMT Masters now having such a bracelet. This means that the Batgirl has Rolex DNA through and through, because the GMT-Master is the most famous model for the Jubilée bracelet, along with the Datejust.
With the new band, the horns of the case have been minimally slimmed down.
The Rolex Batgirl is equipped with the latest Rolex caliber generation. While the Batman uses caliber 3185, the Batgirl uses the new caliber 3285. It has a power reserve of 70 hours and a new chrongy escapement that is particularly insensitive to magnetic fields.
Whether the colour of the bezel has changed can hardly be said, as Rolex uses different batches and therefore the bezels within a model can also differ to some extent.