Testing the Rolex GMT-Master II
Often referred to the “Batman” Rolex because of its black and blue bezel, the Rolex GMT-Master II is notorious for its two bezel-color combinations. In this article the author tests the first version of the Rolex GMT-Master II ever to sport this sleek color combination. These types of bezels are so well-known that they even have nicknames: “Pepsi” and “Coke”, because of the colors of the brand.
In 2005 Rolex began to shift to ceramic bezels instead of metal with the launch of a special 50th anniversary model of the GMT-Master II. The advantages of ceramic over metal are that it is more scratch-resistant and 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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