In case you didn’t know, the Rolex Batman is the blue and black GMT-Master II model, which gets its nickname from having the same colors as the Dark Night. The Rolex Coke, on the other hand, is the GMT-Master II with a black and red bezel. Both are beloved by Rolex collectors around the world and feature some of the world’s most beloved bezels.
Now, when it comes to comparing these two models, things can get a little tricky. The Rolex Batman GMT-Master II – the ref. 126710BLNR – is still in production today. However, the Coke GMT-Master was produced from 1989 to 2007. So to put them head to head, we’re going to compare the new Rolex Batman GMT-Master II against the most recent iteration of the Coke, the reference 16710.
Rolex Batman GMT-Master II
The Rolex Batman GMT-Master II is an absolute icon and modern staple of the brand’s collection. In fact, it’s one of the most collectable watches on the planet with a waitlist that spans years and secondary market pieces holding great value.
The original Rolex Batman was first introduced in 2013 – nearly 60-years after the original GMT-Master, and some 30-years after the first GMT-Master II was introduced with the quickest hour hand. At Baselworld 2019, Rolex launched an updated Batman GMT-Master II with a new movement, slightly redesigned case, and Jubilee bracelet.
So what are the defining features of the modern Rolex Batman GMT-Master II ref. 126710BLNR? Two main things. Firstly, there’s that blue and black Cerachrom (aka ceramic) bezel insert with engraved numerals and graduations. The blue and black combination is still considered quite new and noteworthy amongst collectors, especially with the durable ceramic upgrade we’ve seen in the modern generation of the GMT-Master II collection.
Then there’s the bracelet. In 2019, Rolex officially unveiled the Batman GMT in an all-stainless version with a dressy, elegant Jubilee bracelet. Along with the new Cal. 3285 movement, this beautiful upgrade has set this watch apart from the rest, pairing sporty stainless steel with handsome five-piece links.
Rolex Coke GMT-Master II
While the Rolex Coke GMT is no longer in production, it did had a great run of nearly 25 years. Offered alongside the classic red and blue (Pepsi) and all-black bezels, the red and black “Coke” insert got its name for the resemblance to the bottles of the iconic soda manufacturer.
The GMT-Master II Coke was an awesome and notable watch, and its signature red and black bezel was first introduced on the inaugural GMT-Master II reference from the 1980s, making it a highly collectable icon to this day. But what exactly sets this model apart from the latest and greatest Batman? Well, a few things.
The Coke GMT-Master II 16710 featured an aluminum bezel insert just like all other Rolex watches that pre-date the arrival of Cerachrom. In fact, it was one of the last GMT-Master II models to feature aluminum bezels before they were replaced by ceramic in the current generation of the GMT-Master II which first started to make an appearance in 2005. This makes this black and red bezel highly-collectable today.
Similar to the modern Rolex Batman, the ref. 16710 was also available with a stainless steel Jubilee bracelet. But unlike the current Batman model, you could also get the GMT-Master II Coke 16710 with the option of a classic Rolex Oyster bracelet. The Oyster band is far more understated and sporty, a preference for some collectors, and now one of the most notable differences between these two fantastic Rolex GMT-Master II models.