Rolex GMT Master II 'Batman'
Presented in mint condition this is a highly sought-after example of a 2016 Rolex GMT-Master II 'Batman'.
The watch features a 40mm stainless steel case, black dial and the famous blue and black ceramic bezel.
The watch is supplied with its original Rolex box, green leather wallet, manuals, bezel protector and of course warranty card.
The 38mm Rolex GMT-Master (ref. 6542) was released in 1954, after aviation giant Pan Am approached Rolex to create a watch that could simultaneously display multiple time zones. Pan Am was preparing for their first intercontinental jet passenger flights by Boeing 707.
The watch born from this herculean collaboration was originally destined for pilots’ but it has a huge global fan base and has been a very sought-after watch ever since its conception over 65 years ago. The rotatable bezel was made from steel with a Plexiglass insert, one half was coloured blue to represent night and the other half red to represent day. That famous red and blue ‘Pepsi’ bezel remained synonymous with the GMT-Master for decades.
In the 1964 the film, Goldfinger, actress Honor Blackman wore a GMT-Master (ref: 6542) while playing the character “Pussy Galore.” The watch got plenty of screen-time and its red and blue, bakelite bezel insert make it instantly recognizable as a Rolex GMT. Hence the nickname, Pussy Galore.
The redesigned Rolex GMT II Master is a sophisticated watch and dates back to 1988 and it is often referred to as “the Fat Lady” or “Sophia Loren” due to its thicker case, bigger crown guards and wider bezel.
Fun Fact - GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time. For most of the 18th century there was no such thing as standard time in Britain. Each town decided the time of day firstly, by the simple process of consulting a sun dial and then by the creation of local time. Meaning west and north Wales were as much as 20 minutes behind London.
The Great Western Railway (GWR) company began running trains between the west country and Wales, the soon discovered there was a lot of confusion and watches were having to be continually altered as the trains moved rapidly from one 'time zone' to another. Hence the concept of a standarided time.