Stainless Steel Rolex Heavy Hitters: Submariner Hulk, GMT-Master Batman, Daytona C

Most Popular Modern Stainless Steel Rolex Watches

Most Popular Modern Stainless Steel Rolex Watches

If you’re in the market for a stainless steel Rolex sports watch, you would have no doubt noticed that some are harder to find than others. While Rolex produces an incredible selection of stainless steel models, there is a handful that is super popular and as a result, almost impossible to get your hands on. Most notably, these are the Submariner “Hulk,” the GMT-Master “Batman” and the Daytona Ceramic. Why are these Rolex heavy hitters so hard to source? Why are they so popular? Let’s find out more about the most popular modern stainless steel Rolex watches right now.

Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner 116610LV

Introduced in 2010, the Submariner ref. 116610LV quickly rose up the ranks to become one of Rolex’s steel sports watches. Nicknamed the “Hulk” in some circles thanks to its vibrant green color and hefty build, this is one beast that’s hard to capture. Even over eight years after its debut, the green Submariner has waitlists in Rolex boutiques around the world. What’s more, it’s a hot watch in the pre-owned market.

Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner 116610LV

Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner 116610LV

Replacing the previous green Sub ref. 16610LV, the current Submariner ref. 116610LV includes a 40mm Oyster case water resistant to 1000 feet (300 meters). Technically that’s the same size as the previous edition, however, the Sub Hulk certainly wears bigger due to its broader shape. It also includes a green diver’s bezel and a matching green dial. Because this is the newest generation of Submariner, the 116610LV includes a Cerachrom bezel. As many of you know, ceramic is prized for its resistance to fading and scratching.

Among the most famous luxury dive watch collection in the world, the Rolex Submariner 116610LV Hulk stands out as a leader of the pack.

Stainless Steel Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR

At Baselworld 2013, Rolex unveiled a new GMT-Master II model to the delight of luxury watch fans everywhere. It was the GMT-Master II 116710BLNR and because of its black and blue color scheme, it picked up the nickname, “Batman.” In fact, the Rolex “Batman” was the first GMT-Master II to include a bi-colored Cerachrom ceramic bezel–up until that point, ceramic GMT-Master II watches was only available with an all-black bezel.

Stainless Steel Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR

Stainless Steel Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR

Remember, the two colors on the bezel aren’t just for looks, they serve a practical purpose too. They help differentiate between night hours and day hours of the second time zone, which is indicated via the 24-hour hand on the dial pointing to the 24-hour marked bezel. On the GMT-Master II 116710BLNR, the black portion of the bezel houses the PM hours while the blue side has the AM hours.

As with all six-digit GMT-Master II watches, the 116710BLNR includes a 40mm “Maxi” Oyster case, which is broader than older versions of the GMT-Master II models. Due to its appealing style, bi-colored ceramic bezel, and stainless steel construction, the popular GMT-Master II 116710BLNR continues to be a tough Rolex sports watch to find for sale anywhere.

Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona 116500LN

In 2016, Rolex unveiled yet another stainless steel sports watch that became a massive hit. This time it was the stainless steel Rolex Daytona ref. 116500LN. Simply referred to as the Daytona C now, this is the first stainless steel Daytona chronograph that sports the coveted Cerahcrom ceramic bezel. And because this is a chronograph, that black bezel is engraved with the tachymeter scale used to measure average speeds of cars or other moving objects.

Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona 116500LN

Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona 116500LN

Prior to the Daytona ref. 116500LN, the only Daytona watches that had ceramic bezels were precious metals ones like gold and platinum. So, as you can imagine, the marrying of steel and ceramic on the iconic Daytona is a proposition that’s tough to resist!

Like previous steel Daytona watches, Rolex offers two dial options on the Daytona ref. 116500LN. There’s the black dial with contrasting silver subdials or the white dial with contrasting black dials–aka the “Panda” dial. Again, due to its immense popularity, the stainless steel Daytona C is a difficult Rolex to find. Plus, this particular Daytona is just over two years old, thereby still fresh in the minds of Rolex enthusiasts.

 

There’s no doubt about it, these three stainless steel Rolex sports watches are tough to find. But when you do have the opportunity to snap one up, don’t wait too long because they won’t be available much longer.

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