When you love watches, you have a tendency to own more than your fair share of them. If you are a watch collector or you simply enjoy having high quality timepieces at your disposal, then you might have a number of Rolex watches that are in your collection. One of the more interesting things about Rolex watches is that more often than not, the watch ends up with an official name and nickname. Sometimes, the nickname can be rather spot-on and then other times, it's almost humorous. That said, there's typically a reason that it ended up with that nickname in the first place. Such is the case with the Rolex Batgirl. If you've never heard of it before, then you don't know what you're missing out on. In fact, you might want to learn more about it because it's highly possible that you may end up wanting to add this to your own collection as well.
What is It?
Right now, you’re probably starting to wonder whether or not Rolex did something completely out of character and developed some type of official promotional product for a Batman movie. If you're celebrating this idea, you're probably not alone but you shouldn't get too excited. That's not exactly what happened. As a matter of fact, the Rolex Batgirl refers to a watch that came out in 2019 and truth be told, it has nothing to do with any official promotion or anything else. Interestingly enough, it's actually based on a watch that has a separate nickname, the Batman. If you didn't see that one coming, it might be time to grab another cup or two of coffee. The bigger question is, if none of this is tied to any type of promotional effort, how on Earth did a Rolex watch end up with the nickname Batman, much less Batgirl? All you have to do is keep reading. It will all sort itself out in the end.
The Batman Watch
In order to understand what people are talking about when they are discussing a Rolex Batgirl watch, you have to first understand how another watch got the nickname of Batman. In reality, it refers to the Rolex GMT-Master II. It's a beautiful looking watch that has a distinctive bezel, half of it black and half of it blue. This is precisely how it ended up with the Batman nickname to begin with. It wasn't even a name that was handed to it by the company, but by fans of the movie who also happened to be Rolex collectors. Almost immediately, they started to make connections between the black and blue colors on the ceramic bezel. It didn't take any time at all before someone started referring to it as the Batman watch because these colors are featured prominently in the character’s clothing. It was a nickname that caught on, as you might have already assumed. In a very short amount of time, the official name of the watch was all but forgotten and almost everyone was referring to it as the Batman watch. Since Rolex allows many of their watches to be coined with an unofficial nickname, they didn't see any point in trying to curb this activity. These days, the watch is almost universally referred to as the Batman watch. Now that you know the history behind this, it's easier to understand where the Batgirl watch comes from.
Not Batman, But Batgirl
As it turns out, both of these watches are very similar in design. They are not technically the same thing, but they're so close that many people would assume it's the same watch with a different bracelet attached to it. As a matter of fact, they are both very different. Rolex made the GMT-Master II for men, hence the reason it's called the Batman watch. That watch features a black face with the now-famous black and blue ceramic bezel, capped off with a stainless steel case along with a stainless steel oyster bracelet. It has its own reference number, like every other Rolex watch. However, the company also made what amounts to the exact same watch with a different bracelet, this time a stainless steel Jubilee bracelet. It too has its own reference number. This is the watch that is so commonly referred to as the Batgirl watch. If you're wondering why, it's because the Jubilee bracelet gives it a more feminine appearance. The case is the exact same, but the bracelet doesn't take up quite as much space on the wrist and has a more dainty appearance overall. Since people were already referring to the other watch as the Batman, it only stood to reason that this one became the Batgirl.
These days, both of these watches have been discontinued by Rolex, much to the chagrin of people who are still dying to get their hands on one. Fortunately, both watches have managed to do quite well in the pre-owned market. Understand that if you are lucky enough to find one, you're probably going to pay a premium price for it. It is a Rolex, after all. When you add in the passion of fans that have followed the Batman story for years, it's highly unlikely that you're going to pick up either the Rolex Batman or the Batgirl watch for a bargain price. As a matter of fact, the nicknames are likely to drive the prices up considerably because these watches aren't just sought after by Rolex collectors. They're also sought after by more affluent fans of the franchise who want to have a unique collectible. That essentially means that you're fighting against two entirely different camps of people who both want the watches. It also means that if you are in the market for a Rolex Batgirl watch yourself, you're going to have to start perusing websites that specialize in collectible watches as well as sites like eBay. You might even decide to think outside the box and look at companies that specialize in selling movie memorabilia and collectibles, as there is a slight possibility that one or two might have found their way into these areas. Wherever you find one, you'll have to shell out a rather significant amount of money to get your hands on it but if you really want it, it will undoubtedly be worth the price.
Written by Lily Wordsmith
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