Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Watches & Wonders 2021: BLNR Is Back on Oyster Bracelet




Your Choice of Oyster or Jubilee


Batman and Batgirl? Batman and Robin? Batpersons? Your choice of nicknames—and of bracelets. In a first in decades, Rolex said it will offer a steel GMT-Master on both Oyster and Jubilee bracelets, something we haven't seen since the pre-ceramic GMT days.

Rolex stopped selling the 116710BLNR in 2019, the Rolex GMT-Master II with a black and blue bezel on Oyster bracelet. I was at Baselworld that year when it announced the same watch on Jubilee but with an updated movement.

The new movement is now going to the Oyster bracelet version of the BLNR. Jubilee or Oyster, both watches will have the same reference: 126710BLNR.

The new Batman's Oyster bracelet has the typical broad, flat three-piece links that equips the majority of the Professional line such as the Submariner, the Explorer, the Yacht-Master and the Daytona, and on some classic models such as the Datejust, the Day-Date and the Sky-Dweller.

To be clear, the Rolex GMT-Master II with a blue and red bezel ("Pepsi") has been offered on either Oyster or Jubilee bracelet before; but only the Jubilee bracelet had equipped the steel version while the Oyster bracelet was reserved for the white-gold model. The 2021 Batman is offered for both bracelets in steel. Starting today the Pepsi is also offered on both Oystersteel and Jubilee.