A large number of Rolex watches have gained amazing nicknames since their launch, and among the various names ranging from athlete to soda flavors, there are many superhero nicknames, namely Batman and the Hulk. The Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” and the Rolex Submariner “Hulk” with its blue and black ceramic bezel insert is the most famous replica Rolex watches with nicknames, but they are two completely different models – the Submariner is the diver’s watch and the GMT-Master II is the pilot/traveler’s watch. Which one is better?
Both Rolex watches have colorful design suites and all-steel construction, but they are actually not the same in terms of function. In addition, the Submariner Hulk is often seen as rather polarizing because of its bright green dial and bezel, while the Batman is arguably more versatile due to its more tonal colors. Today, we will explore this topic further by putting Batman and Hulk head to head in an attempt to answer the question of which superhero’s Rolex sports watch reigns supreme.
Both Batman and Hulk have 40mm stainless steel cases, rotating bezels, similar dial design with Mercedes-inspired hands, date indications, and luminescent hour-markers charts. Both come with sapphire crystals and the familiar Cyclops magnifying glass on the date window.
Of course, since these watches offer different functions, they also run on different movements. The Hulk Submariner is powered by the Caliber 3135, while the Batman GMT-Master II depends on the Caliber 3186 or the Caliber 3285, of which the newer Cal. 3285 offers a longer 70-hour power reserve. What’s more, although both models are equipped with a Triplock screw-down winding crown, the Submariner is water-resistant to 300 meters, however, the GMT-Master II is water-resistant to 100 meters.
Heading on to the strap, the Hulk watch comes with a three-link Oyster strap with a brushed finish and a Glidelock buckle that allows the diver to lengthen the strap to 20mm in 2mm increments to fit the diving suit. The first fake Rolex Batman 116710BLNR was only available on Oyster straps with polished center links; however, the Batman 126710BLNR was initially available only on five-link Jubilee straps but was later available on three-link Oyster straps as well. The Oyster clasp differs from the Hulk in that it uses the 5 mm Easylink extension system rather than the 20 mm diver’s Glidelock clasp.
However, the Hulk is a dive watch, which means its bezel can only rotate in one direction and it is graduated to 60 minutes to track immersion time. On the other hand, Batman is a GMT watch. As such, its bezel rotates in both directions and is marked with 24 hours to show the time in another time zone.