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Rolex introduces an updated rendition of its beloved travel companion, the GMT-Master II, showcasing a steel construction paired with the iconic blue-and-black "Batman” bezel. We delve into our hands-on experience with one of the initial releases featuring a Jubilee bracelet and an enhanced movement in this exclusive feature from the WatchTime archives. (Original photographs by Marcus Krüger) A Timeless Icon Reimagined The distinctive blue-and-black bezel of the Replica Rolex GMT-Master II has earned it the affectionate moniker "Batman.” The latest iteration, boasting a Jubilee bracelet and a new movement, made its debut in 2019. Its predecessor, donning the same captivating color scheme, emerged in 2013 as Rolex's pioneer model featuring a two-tone ceramic bezel, a departure from its previous offerings. Notably, this specific color amalgamation had not been explored before. The inaugural GMT-Master II introduced in 1954 featured a blue-and-red 24-hour scale, earning it the nickname "Pepsi,” a nod to its vibrant hues. These colors were initially chosen to facilitate easy differentiation between day and night hours in the secondary time zone, a request stemming from Pan Am Airways to accommodate the burgeoning era of intercontinental flights. As air travel became more accessible and widespread, the demand for watches with dual time zone capabilities surged, propelling the GMT-Master's popularity with its aviator-inspired design and distinctive bezel variations, including the more understated black-and-red "Coke” model. Choice Between Icons: Batman vs. Pepsi Presently, the GMT-Master II in steel offers two variations distinguished solely by their bezel colors: the iconic Pepsi and our focal point, the Batman. Both iterations showcase a revamped movement and the renowned five-row Jubilee bracelet, a feature previously exclusive to replica Rolex Datejust models. Traditionally, Rolex equipped the GMT-Master II with the sportier three-row Oyster bracelet for its gold and Rolesor variants. The Jubilee bracelet, conceived in 1945 for the Datejust, was introduced as an option for the GMT-Master as early as 1959. Mirroring the Oyster bracelet, the Jubilee's inner links boast a polished finish, while the outer links exude a brushed texture, epitomizing Rolex's commitment to both style and comfort. Craftsmanship and Comfort The Jubilee bracelet offers unparalleled comfort, with its finely crafted links delicately embracing the wrist without snagging on fine hairs. Similarly, the Oyster bracelet, with its contoured links, ensures a comfortable fit. Both bracelet options, along with the case, are meticulously crafted from Rolex's proprietary non-corrosive 904L stainless steel, now christened "Oystersteel” to underscore its enduring quality. Innovative Features Rolex diverges from its typical pairing of the Jubilee bracelet with an Oyster clasp, opting instead for the Oysterlock folding clasp, akin to its sport models, equipped with an additional safety bar. The innovative Easylink extension allows for effortless adjustment, accommodating fluctuations in wrist size due to temperature changes or physical activity. The practicality extends to the bezel, facilitating temporary adjustment of a secondary time zone-a feature particularly useful for global professionals seeking swift access to international time zones. Pioneering Materials and Precision Rolex's commitment to innovation is evident in its relentless pursuit of superior materials and precision engineering. From the pioneering use of ceramic bezels to the development of advanced movements, Rolex continues to push boundaries. The latest Caliber 3285 boasts an extended power reserve of nearly three days, owing to enhancements like the Chronergy escapement and lightweight components produced via the LIGA galvanic process. The movement's robust construction, coupled with Rolex's signature technologies like the Paraflex shock absorber and the paramagnetic hairspring, ensures exceptional performance and longevity. A Testament to Excellence Exemplifying Rolex's unwavering pursuit of excellence, the Replica GMT-Master II blends timeless design with cutting-edge technology. Whether it's the impeccable finishing, precision timekeeping, or unparalleled comfort, every aspect of the GMT-Master II reflects Rolex's unparalleled craftsmanship and attention to detail. While we might yearn for a transparent caseback and quicker availability, the enduring appeal of the GMT-Master II remains undeniable, making it a timeless investment for discerning enthusiasts. Specifications: Manufacturer: Rolex S.A., Rue François Dussaud 3-5, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland Reference number: 126710BLNR Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date; second time zone Movement: In-house Caliber 3285, automatic, chronometer; 28,800 vph, 31 jewels, hack mechanism, quick-date adjustment in hourly increments, Paraflex shock absorber, Glucydur balance with Microstella regulating screws, blue Parachrom hairspring with overcoil, COSC certification, 70-hour power reserve Case: Stainless steel 904L, flat sapphire crystal with Cyclops magnifier, screw-down Triplock crown, fully threaded 904L caseback, water resistant to 100 meters Strap and clasp: Jubilee bracelet made of 904L stainless steel with safety folding clasp and extension piece Dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm, height = 12.1 mm, weight = 154 grams Price: $9,250 Overall Evaluation: Strap and clasp: 9/10 Operation: 5/5 Case: 9/10 Design: 14/15 Legibility: 5/5 Wearing comfort: 10/10 Movement: 19/20 Rate results: 9/10 Overall value: 13/15 Total Score: 93/100