We got our Rolex GMT Master II with the ‘Batman’ bezel in mint condition from a local vendor who had all of those boxes, newspapers, and warranty still busy in 2014. The version number for this timepiece is 116710BLNR, that is slightly different from another GMT Master II models. This version includes the Rolex patented Cerachrom bezel that’s created from 1 piece of ceramic cube then coloured both blue and black. Therefore, the version was called the ‘Batman’ variant of the GMT.It is a highly desirable variant of the GMT II, also has only gone up in value since its first look at the Basel World exhibit in 2013. The 24-hour number markers on the bezel, paired with the third GMT hand on the dial can be rotated and place so that you can keep an eye on the time on your own hometown, while traveling the planet and quickly being able to recognize the local moment. A handy function for your jetsetter or anyone with family and friends in various areas of the world.The large date magnifier in the 3 o’clock position, the Super-LumiNova filled dial markers, and dual-colored bezel all make this easy to read watch. On the bezel, the blue coloured half represents the day-time (hours 6-18) along with the black colored half signifies the night (hours 18-6).Besides that the fa?ade of this timepiece the crown helps you place all of the functions. You can quick-set the hour marker on the 116710 that is something which you could not do on the older GMT Master’s. You can also quick-set the GMT hand, as well as also the date.The stainless steel Oyster style bracelet that comes standard with this version also has some functionality besides a polished contemporary appearance. The Easylink system under the grip can extend out 5mm with no tools to provide you with some room to breathe hot summer days such as.
We’re here at Baselworld 2013 and Rolex has shown off a couple of new model iterations including a platinum Rolex Daytona and this black and blue colored Rolex GMT-Master II. Essentially just a new color variation of the current Rolex GMT-Master II range, this new version employs a two color cerachrom bezel insert (a first for Rolex) in a day/night arrangement of blue and black.
Still sized to 40mm and powered by the Rolex Calibre 3186, this new model is little more than an additional color choice for buyers looking for some of that classic Pam Am panache. Rolex announcements are a big deal at the BaselWorld and crowds formed quickly when the new models were displayed outside of Rolex’s booth. Onlookers seemed to have mixed feelings about the mostly-cosmetic updates and the lack of a specific 50th anniversary piece for the legendary Rolex Daytona.
Alongside the black and blue Rolex GMT-Master II is a new blue and brown platinum Rolex Daytona. This is not the Rolex Daytona that many were expecting. Also still 40mm, this new version features a case and bracelet made of 950 platinum along with a light blue dial and brown cerachrom bezel. New colors and metals aside, the platinum Rolex Daytona (ref 116505) is powered by the Calibre 4130 COSC automatic chronograph movement with 72 hours of power reserve. This new version comes on the year of the Rolex Daytona’s 50th birthday and while the color combo is interesting, many were expecting a brand new model with an updated case size. While it is totally possible that Rolex is still planning to celebrate the Rolex Daytona’s 50th with an official model, it doesn’t look as though Basel will be the host for that announcement. Now that Rolex is the official sponsor for Formula One, they may have a more race-focused and Rolex Daytona-appropriate stage for such news, only time will tell. For now, it is safe to say that while the new platinum 2013 Dayonta may prove to be a successful model, many BaselWorld attendees were expecting something completely different.
While the new variations of both the Rolex Daytona and the Rolex GMT-Master II are undoubtedly cool pieces, neither are brand new models, nor do they differ greatly from the current formula for each model range. I rather like the blue and black Rolex GMT-Master II and think that it is a nice addition the Rolex GMT-Master II family. What do you think of these new versions? Maybe Rolex has something else up its sleeve. rolex.com