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Rolex Batman vs. Rolex Hulk Video Comparison

March 13, 2020

BY Paul Altieri

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How familiar are you with Rolex nicknames? Among the various names ranging from athletes to soda flavors are a couple of superhero-inspired nicknames, namely the Batman and the Hulk. One is a GMT-Master II and the other is a Submariner, so in this video, we are taking a look at the Rolex Batman vs. Rolex Hulk to see which one, if any, comes out victorious.

The Origins of the Rolex Batman and Hulk

In 2010, Rolex introduced two new stainless steel Submariner models with beefier super cases, characterized by thicker lugs and crown guards, despite retaining the same 40mm diameter. This pair of new-gen Subs also had ceramic bezels and bolder “maxi dials” with larger hands and lume plots. One was the Submariner ref. 116610LN with a black bezel and dial while the other was the Submariner ref. 116610LV with a green bezel and dial.

The 116610LV was not the first green Submariner that Rolex made (that honor goes to the 50th-anniversary Submariner 16610LV with a green aluminum bezel and black dial). However, it was the first Submariner with a green Cerachrom ceramic bezel and also the first to have a matching green dial. Given the heftier shape of the new green Submariner and the prominent use of green throughout the dial and bezel, the “Hulk” nickname makes perfect sense for the ref. 116610LV.

Rolex Batman vs Rolex Hulk Video Comparison Submariner 116610 LV

Three years later, Rolex unveiled a new stainless steel GMT-Master II with a blue and black Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Not only was this the first-ever blue and black bezel made by Rolex, but it was also the brand’s first two-tone Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Up until then, Rolex maintained that it would be impossible to make a bi-colored ceramic bezel, thus explaining why the then-current GMT-Master II models were only available with monochromatic ceramic bezels. However, the brand proved itself wrong, signaling the return to the two-tone bezel that made the original GMT-Master famous.

Previous GMT-Master bi-colored bezels already had nicknames; there’s the blue and red “Pepsi,” the red and black “Coke,” and the brown and beige “Root Beer.” Therefore, it was only natural that the BLNR (where BLNR is shorthand for the French words for blue and black) bezel would get one too, and the “Batman” label stuck thanks to the color scheme’s similarity to the fictional Caped Crusader. It’s important to note that the nickname is attached to the bezel and not to the particular reference, which clarifies why both the previous ref. 116710BLNR and the new ref. 126710BLNR (released in 2019) are both known as Rolex Batman watches; however, the new edition is also known as the “Batgirl” due to its slightly more refined case shape.

Rolex Batman vs Hulk Video Comparison GMT-Master II 126710 BLNR black and blue

Design and Functionality of the GMT-Master Batman and Submariner Hulk

Both the Batman and the Hulk feature 40mm stainless steel cases, rotating bezels, and similar dial layouts with Mercedes-style hands, a date indication, and lume-filled plots for hour markers. Both are also fitted with sapphire crystals with the familiar Cyclops magnification lens over the date window.

However, the Hulk is a dive watch, which means that its bezel only rotates in one direction and it is graduated to 60 minutes to track immersion times. On the other hand, the Batman is a GMT watch, therefore its bezel rotates in both directions and is marked with 24 hours to indicate the hour in another time zone. Furthermore, the Submariner has a traditional three-hand configuration (hour, minute, seconds), while the GMT-Master II has four hands (local hour, reference hour, minute, seconds).

Rolex Batman vs Hulk Comparison Video Submariner 116610LV

Naturally, because these watches offer different functions, they run on different movements. The Hulk is powered by Caliber 3135 while the new Batman relies on the Caliber 3285. Additionally, although both models are fitted with Triplock screw-down winding crowns, the Submariner is water-resistant to 300 meters while the GMT-Master II has a 100-meter depth rating.

Moving onto the bracelets, the Hulk watch is fitted with a three-link Oyster bracelet with brushed surfaces, equipped with a Glidelock clasp, allowing divers to lengthen the bracelet up to 20mm in 2mm increments to fit over a diving suit. Conversely, the Rolex Batman 126710BLNR features a five-link Jubilee bracelet with high-polish center links and a clasp fitted with the brand’s 5mm Easylink extension.

Rolex Batman vs Hulk Video Compare Guide GMT-Master II 126710BLNR

Rolex Batman vs. Hulk: Which One Wins?

Overall, the Batman and the Hulk are two different Rolex watches with different functions. They may sport similar silhouettes, near-identical materials, and both feature vibrant colors, but one is a GMT timepiece able to indicate three time zones while the other is a professional diver with the ability to plunge to 300 meters below the surface of the ocean.

So picking between these two highly popular Rolex tool watches is a matter of deciding which function would be most practical for you and which colorway suits your taste better.

Do you prefer the Rolex Batman or the Hulk? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Rolex Batman GMT-Master II vs Hulk Submariner Video Comparison Guide

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