The GMT Master II ref. 16710 is one of the most iconic and influential examples of the Rolex’s multi-time zone pilot’s watch. It brought an upgraded case and movement to the line, making it a huge success and leading to its impressive production run of almost twenty years.
The ref. 16710 was then replaced by the ref. 116710 in 2007 as a completely new generation of Rolex GMT-Master II tool watches. When Rolex introduced the newly redesigned GMT-Master II, it signaled a new path – not only for the famous pilot watch, but also for the brand’s sports watches at large. The GMT-Master II was the first Rolex watch to come equipped with the Cerachrom ceramic bezel – a design detail now present on most Rolex models.
The Rolex Batman is one of the most popular GMT watches and one of the most unobtainable as well. This stainless steel sports model offers a 24hr bezel that is half blue and half black, thus representing a dark night, which is why it earned its nickname The Batman. At the time of the 2013 release, the Batman Saga was in full swing and the dark night just seemed fitting for a watch of this caliber.