By: JC Rodriguez
When it comes to luxury watches few companies have the historical relevance and fanatic following as Rolex. The name is synonymous with quality craftsmanship, elegance, and just cool. I've alway been a fan of Rolex and it's rich history. My dream watch is a MilSub but we'll get to that another day. One model I've always admired and appreciated and only recently come to love is the GMT Master II. Today I'm not going to cover the history of this watch but focus on one model in particular, the "Batman" ref. 116710BLNR.
Why is this watch so popular? Besides the obvious good looks, this watch is an engineering marvel. You see when Rolex introduced its "Cerachrom" ceramic bezel in 2005, the company announced it was not able to produce the new bezel in two colors. Dispointing enthusiasts as they've come to love the two color bezels that came in the iconic "Pepsi" (Blue and Red) and "Coke" (Red and Black) models.
In 2013 during Baselword, much to the delight of Rolex fans, the company announced it patented a way to produce the ceramic bezel with two colors and unveiled the "Batman" GMT Master II. The black and blue bezel representing night and day is just stunning. Maintaining the 40mm size with slight modifications to the case to make the watch bulkier in order to satisfy the demand in the market for larger watches. Wider lugs, larger crown, and larger guards give the GMT Master II a larger feel. As always Rolex did not skim on any detail, including thin platinum used for the bezel numbers. It sports an easily adjustable oyster bracelet with polished center links. It has a Triplock crown and a power reserve of 48 hours.
The perfect travel watch. With the GMT function you are able to keep time for three time zones. Rolex's aviation watch makes for a valuable piece to any collection. The "Batman" is a highly sought after watch and you'll have to pay just about full retail price even for a pre owned model. They run for about $9,500. We think this watch will only increase in value for decades to come. As it's the first model to go commercial on Rolex's patented technology. Let's just face it, it just looks badass.
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