War of the Watches: Rolex Hulk Vs. Batman Review

No, this is not a Marvel Vs. DC review that I am conducting today. Sorry movie fanatics. This is an even better WATCH review, featuring two superhero model watches by Rolex: The Rolex Submariner Green “AKA HULK”vs The Rolex GMT Master II “Batman.” I mean honestly, we all know that in an actual battle between the two, The Hulk would destroy the mortal Batman. But in todays review, the result is not as clear!

Due to the beautiful design, function, shockingly strong durability and mechanics, the gold goes to Batman on this one. Both watches are great and very unique to the Rolex brand! However, my decision stands with the GMT Master “Batman” and to find out why, just continue reading!

The Rolex Hulk

The big green giant has made an appearance in the realm of watches. Superhero fans, who also happen to be watch connoisseurs rejoice! This watch is sure to make you feel super-powerful!

Design

What a beautiful design on this watch. Rolex kept the classic look of the trendy, classic yet handsome Submariner,  and made it green. The green “Sunray” dial really compliments the dark green bezel on this one. A color that may like a bad idea for a dive watch, actually looks great on this model. I, myself, am not even big on green watches, but I have to say the overall look of this watch is just breathtaking!

Keeping a Classic design

As for everything other than the color, the watch is almost identical to the original Submariner. It still has the 2.5 magnifying signature Rolex cyclops, a beautiful and sturdy stainless steel Oyster bracelet, a great size 40 mm case and the expertly crafted, twist in crown on the side of the watch. Rolex did do a few things different on this watch though. It features larger lugs (obviously, its the Hulk), a hefty ceramic bezel and bold, large hour markers within the dial. This really creates a look that makes you want to rip out of your clothing while wearing, try it for yourself.

This look perfectly fits the name behind the piece. Besides the color looking like the Hulk, it was a great addition to supersize other aspects of the watch. The only issue I have is with the bigger size and thicker lugs comes a bigger look. It seems to compliment a larger wrist and sticks out a bit more than other Submariners. So if you wear with dress clothes, it is not as easy to slip under your shirt. Other than that, its a great looking watch with a unique and original design. I give the overall design of this watch a 4/5 stars.

Durability

Of course this watch is durable. Is it even worth discussing. I mean, come on, the watch is named after the Hulk. It would be a shame to name a watch after one of the strongest super hero’s, yet lack any durability at all!

This Rolex features all of the aspects that make a Submariner a durable watch. 300m of water resistance, a strong, scratch resistant bracelet and the airtight, screw down crown. Don’t expect to fight any super villains with this watch on. Put it away for those battles. But know that this watch can take almost whatever you throw at it.

Everything from the sapphire crystal to the brawny large stainless steel lugs, reserve the longevity of your timepiece. Due to the immense quality and high grade material of this watch, I rate it a 4.5/5 for durability. I still recommend trying to keep the watch as pristine as possible though, this is not a cheap watch. Which leads me to my next point.

Value

The price and value of this watch is up there, even higher than the Hulk himself. Not to say that this timepiece is not worth the high price tag. Since you are getting the top quality design and function of all the previous Rolex models, with even more updates to the inside of the watch, and adding a one of a kind design modeled after a popular super hero, the watch is definitely a gem that is worth the high price point.

This is a watch to keep and hold onto. Do not be surprised if you see the price soar as each year passes. But other than price and increasing value, the rarity and beauty of the watch is what really makes this timepiece shine. You must understand you a getting a classic watch with this piece. Now just realize how unique the design is for this watch and you can see for yourself that the watch is a great investment. I say the Rolex Submariner “Hulk” gets a score of 4.5/5 for value.

 

Movement

If you are purchasing a Rolex, you can always guarantee a reliable movement on the inside. I dare you to open the back of your watch and just marvel (pun intended) the complexity of the mechanics inside of your watch. The Rolex Hulk boasts an automatic, in house made, 3135 caliber movement, with 48,000 vibrations per hour. You get a fabulous, smooth running watch, that is sure to keep ticking for years. The 31 jewel 3135 movement is easily one of Rolex’s most widely used movements and for a great reason! It is so darn reliable.

As for a time piece. Expect nothing less than excellence on this piece. A well deserved 4.8/5 is given to the amazing and dependable movement.

Rolex GMT- Master II “Batman

The Rolex GMT Master II “Batman

If the original theme song to Batman is not playing loudly inside of your head right now, I feel bad for you. There is no better way to introduce this beautiful watch than playing a classic super hero theme song.

Design

Rolex did a great job on this watch. I was already in love with the original GMT-Master model, but with the addition of the half blue bezel, it just stands out as a great timepiece. I am more attracted to the coloring of The Batman when compared to The Hulk. You just have much more of a variety of what you can wear with the Batman, rather than stick out with a bright green watch on your wrist. The Batman is definitely more FLEXIBLE to wear with everyday and business attire.

A sleek and shiny black dial perfectly compliments the polished silver bracelet and makes it so the half black/half blue bezel stands out. The face looks similar to most GMT previous models but hosts an attractive and distinctive blue second hand, which is a perfect accent to the black dial.

True Rolex Features

What more can you ask for? All of the classic Rolex features, combined with an exclusive design named after the legendary Batman! A sapphire domed crystal with the signature cyclops, oyster bracelet with nice size lugs, 40mm case (a perfect size for any wrist) and the bidirectional rotating bezel. Everything that makes a Rolex a Rolex just with a look fit for any nerd, I mean superhero fan! The design on this watch gets a 5/5 in my opinion!

Durability

The GMT Batman is just as durable as the Hulk, even though it sounds unreal. One big differentiator is that The Hulk is a dive watch, so you are getting up to 300m of water resistance. The same can not be said for The Batman. But if you are not a diver or professional swimmer, does this really matter?

Other than water resistance, everything else is pretty much the same on this one. Scratch resistant crystal, polished bracelet that does a good job at covering up imperfections and screw down crown that keeps water from getting inside the watch (water from everyday activities like rain, showering, hand-washing etc).

Still expect a durable watch with the GMT Batman. Just please, do not go scuba diving searching for the joker. Overall, durability of this watch gets a 4/5.

Value

I’d say the Rolex GMT-Master Class II “Batman” has a very high value and is worth the price. But don’t take my word for it, I’m no watch expert or anything (YES I AM). For those who are Batman fans, this watch should be a priceless item. It is a one of a kind model that may not be in production much longer. It already has a high price tag, so expect to see an increasing value if your watch is kept in good condition. Given the watch is kept in good condition and is near pristine, I give it a 4.5/5 for value.

Movement

We all know Batman is quick, reliable and very sneaky. Just multiply those qualities by two for The Batman watch by Rolex, minus the sneaky part. Rolex used an innovative calibre 3186, self-winding mechanical movement. This movement is crafted entirely by Rolex and all made in their factories, no outsourcing at all!

It may not be as widely used as the 3135 movement that is used in The Hulk. Do not let that fool you though. This only makes this movement more uncommon. This is not a movement found in many Rolex pieces and it is just as reliable, if not more reliable, than the 3135 movement. I give the movement a remarkable, yet a deserving 4.9/5.

Final Battle

It was a close battle, but the “Batman” pulls away with the victory in this review. The classic, yet distinct design, partnered with a great color scheme that goes great with any outfit and a movement that is not widely used, makes this timepiece a must-have! At the end of the day choose which watch fits better with your style. I am sure you WILL NOT be disappointed with either watch. What it really comes down to is preference.

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