In which external characteristics a faked GMT-Master 2 “Batman” differs from the original, we have found in the 1. Part of this article. Conclusion: Differences between original and fake can be found in almost all details. However, if you are not well off, or have no original for comparison, it can be difficult.
Let us now take a look at the inner life. In the GMT-Master 2 “Batman” works the Caliber 3186, the mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Rolex with automatic self-winding mechanism. However, the brand new Caliber 3285 is used in the new models introduced in 2018.
If you open the counterfeit case, you have, after all, a mechanical movement in front of you. The rotor is moving and it doesn’t look so bad at first sight.
However, it has little to do with the original, already the perpetual rotor of the GMT-Master 2 looks clearly different compared to the fake. And even if the imitation movement is equipped with oscillator, balance bridge and shock protection, it can’t fool even a layman.
But it is advised to be careful, there are so-called 1:1 copies, in which almost all characteristics correspond optically to the original as far as possible. In addition, the counterfeiting industry is constantly improving. Even if this is not supposed to promise absolute security, there are still features that even top forgeries can hardly offer.
In this interesting video you can see the inner workings of the original and the fake:
Continuously updated article, originally posted in March 2017.