As demand for Rolex sports watches increases, many are left disappointed. A Rolex was once something to be purchased upon reaching a milestone. Now, buyers are met with a long waiting list. This has lead many people to explore other brands like Grand Seiko. If you’re specifically looking for a Rolex GMT Master II BLNR (a.k.a the “Batman”), Grand Seiko doesn’t really have anything. Luckily, Seiko’s Proxpex LX line is built to near Grand Seiko quality levels, including the blue and black SNR049.
Released at BaselWorld 2019, the Seiko Prospex LX line provided near-Grand Seiko quality (and pricing) in a series of premium tool watches. Designed to be worn at sea (diver), on land (field), and in the sky (GMT), six models total were released in titanium with and without black coatings. The sky series included the SNR033, titanium bracelet to match the case, a blue dial, and a "batman" style black and blue roating 24 hr bezel.