GMT Master II Nicknames
The Rolex GMT Master II is often referred to as the “Batman” Rolex because of its black and blue bezel. It’s notorious for its two bezel-color combinations. In this article, the author tests the first version ever to sport this sleek color combination. These types of bezels are so well-known that they gave the Rolex GMT Master II nicknames: “Pepsi” and “Coke”,
In 2005, the launch of a special 50th anniversary model of the GMT Master II was presented. This was when Rolex began to shift from metal to ceramic bezels. There are advantages of ceramic over metal. First, they are more scratch-resistant. Second, they are less likely to fade after years of exposure to light. Then in 2006 and 2007, Rolex brought out steel and gold, and all steel versions of the GMT Master II, both with all-black ceramic bezels.
What brought bi-color black was a new manufacturing method that Rolex itself invented and patented that involves applying a metallic salt to half of the bezel before the whole thing is fired in a kiln, which creates the color. In the rest of the article you’ll be able to see the full test of the Rolex including specs, scores, and prices for each watch.
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