One of Rolex’s most sought-after watches, the GMT-Master II, nicknamed “Batman,” is a timepiece made of durable and scratch/fade-resistant model with a ceramic bezel and the distinct two-toned, blue-black bezel.
Rolex introduced the new generation GMT-Master II in 2005. The ceramic bezels, which the brand called Cerachrom, initially had only one color (black), as Rolex declared that a two-tone bezel would not be possible with ceramic. This was changed, however, in 2013 when the brand released the GMT-Master II ref. 116710BLNR with a blue and black Cerachrom bezel—what is now known as the Rolex “Batman” watch.
The demand is high, the waitlist is long, and the price tags are steep, so if you’re looking for a Rolex Batman alternative watch, you can also opt for the watches we’re featuring below.
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Best Rolex Batman Alternatives
Rolex did not officially use the term, but the nickname caught on after the 2013 release. Released at Baselworld, this type of bezel was a first of its kind, and an impressive release by the brand as the Cerachrom previously could not create a two-tone bezel.
According to an article on Bob’s Watches, the original Rolex Batman watch had new features like a smoother 24-hour hand, a new bezel mounting, and an improved water-resistance. You can learn more about the Rolex Batman’s history here.
If you’re looking for a similar-looking design, here are some of the best alternative watched models that you can consider in place of a Rolex.
Timex Allied Three GMT
We’ll start off with a brand known for good quality watches and relatively affordable price tags. The Timex Allied Three GMT watch is a good alternative to the Rolex Batman, with many customers praising the excellent design and affordable price.
This is a 43mm watch with a black dial and a black and blue bezel, similar to the Rolex Batman. The watch has a date window at 3 o’clock and has luminous hands. Because it’s a Timex, it has an Indiglo Light-Up feature, which provides illumination on the dial. You can choose between a stainless steel or leather strap. The water resistance is up to 100m.
Invicta Speedway Men 33195
Another affordable brand is Invicta, which has the Speedway 33195 watch, a large watch with a stainless steel case and a unidirectional blue/black bezel.
This model has a 51mm case with a Japan quartz movement. The blue dial has silver-tone hands, index markers, and a date window at 6 o’clock. This is water-resistant to 100m and has a solid case back with a fold-over clasp and a pull/push crown.
Deep Blue Master 1000
We featured watch brand Deep Blue in our Best Tritium Watches article–the company is known for producing watches with strong illumination, using tritium tubes that allow the timepiece to have a luminescent light source for up to 25 years.
A popular Deep Blue Model is their Pepsi bezel watch, but they also have an equally-attractive Batman bezel model, the Deep Blue Master 1000 watch featuring a stainless steel case and strap, with an automatic movement.
The 44mm case is made of stainless steel and ceramic, with a water-resistant to 300m. The watch has a simple black dial, index markers, and a date window at 3 o’clock.
Seiko Prospex Turtle SRP787
The Seiko Prospex SRP787 is one of the brand’s “turtle” watches (because of its cushion-shaped case), and a popular, more affordable alternative to the Rolex Batman.
This stainless steel model has an automatic movement (caliber 4R36), a unidirectional bezel, and a stop second-hand function. The hands and index markers are luminous, and there is a day/date window at 3 o’clock. The water resistance is up to 200m.
You can see more of these Seiko watches and other similar models in our article on Best Seiko SKX Alternatives.
Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba
A watch made for the water, the Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto watch is a 40mm timepiece that has a three-hand automatic movement with a power reserve of up to 80 hours.
The 40mm watch has a black stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, and a black dial. The bezel has a combination of black (3 to 12), and blue (12 to 3), and the dauphine-style hands and markers are luminous. There is a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. The water resistance is up to 100m.
This one has a black textile/NATO strap and a pin buckle, making it an excellent outdoor or everyday watch.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer GMT
This TAG Heuer 43mm Formula Automatic GMT timepiece is an addition to the successful Aquaracer line and comes a black and blue theme. If you’re looking for a Batman-style dial from another luxury brand (at a fraction of the cost), this is a good GMT watch to consider.
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer GMT has a blue sunray-brushed dial, a stainless steel case, and a 24-hour bezel. Powered by a caliber 7 automatic movement, this watch has a power reserve of up to 46 hours and a water resistance of 300m. Aside from being able to track multiple time zones, it can also. One of the noticeable features of this watch is the TAG Heuer logo is in black and white, which is a refreshing take from the usual red and green.
An article on Hodinkee published earlier this year takes a closer look at the watch, pointing out excellent design and versatility.
Another one on A Blog to Watch highlights the GMT function, making the watch ideal for travel—the hour hand can be adjusted independently from the rest of the functions. You can read more here.
Bell & Ross BR V2-93 GMT Blue
Made for frequent travelers, the BR V2-93 GMT Blue by Bell & Ross followed the successful BR V2-93 GMY 24H watch released in 2018. This is an automatic mechanical model with caliber BR-CAL303.
This Reddit discussion talked about the watch, with owners pointing out the excellent lume, durability, and accuracy.
The BR V2-93 GMT watch has a 41mm stainless steel case and blue dial, bi-directional bezel with a 24-hour scale, and a combination of Arabic and index markers. A closer look will reveal that the second-hand counterweight of the watch is shaped like an aircraft. The strap choices are elastic canvas or satin-polished steel.
This watch is also powered by Super Luminova (markers and hour/minute hands) and is water-resistant to 100m.
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Bernhardt Globemaster II Blue/Black
This GMT watch by the Bernhardt Watch Company. Named in the honor of the F4U Corsair fighter plane, the Bernhardt Corsair GMT is a 42mm watch with a Swiss ETA 2836 automatic movement.
The watch has a black dial with a black and blue rotating bezel, with a date window at 4 o’clock. The watch is made of 316L stainless steel and has a signed screw-down crown and Superluminova-powered hands and index markers. The water resistance is up to 200m.
Steinhart Ocean 39 GMT premium 500 Ceramic
The Ocean 39 GMT modern sports watch by Steinhart has a stainless steel case, a double-reflective domed sapphire crystal, and a unidirectional rotating bezel.
Fitted with a Swiss-made automatic movement, this 39mm watch also has a 316L stainless steel case, central seconds hand, hour and minute markers with Super Luminova, and a hand for the second time zone (which is adjustable using the bezel and watch hand).
Yema Superman Heritage GMT
This watch has a different superhero nickname—the Yema Superman GMT Black Gray watch is a model to consider if you’re looking for a similar style but with more subtle colors,
This 39mm GMT watch has a black dial and a two-tone sapphire bezel—black on the tip and gray at the bottom. There is a date window at 3 o’clock, a combination of dot and line markers, and a triple time zone feature. The crown has a “Y” embossed logo, and the case back has the brand’s coat of arms with an embossed brush effect.
This is a diver’s watch and has a steel bracelet with an extension feature that allows divers to adjust the watch according to their diving suit. The watch is also powered by Super Luminova, which allows the wearer to read the time even in dark environments.