Released in 1954, the Rolex GMT-Master resulted from a collaboration between now-extinct airline Pan Am and Rolex on a watch that would display the time across two time zones at once. Thanks to the popularisation of commercial air travel, planes were becoming more advanced and traveling longer distances. This resulted in pilots crossing time zones during flights more frequently, and thus a need for uniformity across the aviation industry was highlighted. To eliminate errors caused by time confusion, the industry adopted a standard time-zone, Greenwich Mean Time. As such, the GMT-Master's fourth hand, its 2nd hour hand, was used to constantly display Greenwich Mean Time, as its model name implies, while its regular hour hand displayed local time. While the aviation industry's standard time-zone switched to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in 1972, the name of the legendary GMT-Master was far too long in use for Rolex to change it. Today, the GMT-Master has become one of Rolex's most iconic models, with very few pilot's watches, if any, rivaling its level of fame, popularity, or signature design – and it certainly looks like it will stay that way.
Released in 2019 as a follow up to the 'BATMAN', the 126710 BLNR features the newest 3285 movement, paired with a jubilee bracelet.
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Vetted & Approved
Original Box, Hang Tags and Guarantee Card
Est. value range
$9,000 – $12,000
The overall condition is near mint. The dial and bezel exhibit no signs of wear. The case is in excellent shape with virtually no indication of usage, aside from a few light surface marks that are only visible under 10x magnification. The caseback and bracelet are both in superb condition with hardly any abrasions on the high polished section. The clasp has some scratches, however they are very light and can easily be removed by a professional polisher. At the time of listing, the watch was keeping time within the COSC standards.
Highly coveted and almost impossible to source from an authorized dealer, this example has been worn with care. It is sold with the original box and accompanying hang tags, as well as a guarantee dated August 7, 2019.