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Explore Rolex nicknames: Pepsi, Root Beer, Hulk, and more

One of the qualities that humans possess is the ability to come up with a wide variety of endearing names. Just as you might come up with nicknames for your nearest and dearest, or funny names for your car, it’s not uncommon for Rolex watch owners to come up with funny nicknames for their favorite watches.  
It’s no surprise that this led to the first watch with a ceramic bezel being called Batman. Part of the reason for this was its color scheme. The combination of black and blue is reminiscent of the shades of Batman’s costume. The watch’s design is sleek and functional, which doesn’t hurt it as much as the utility belt and the equipment associated with the character. The steel case looks like it could easily work on the wrist of Bruce Wayne or any of his successors in the Batman storyline.
As the most recent addition to the Rolex family, watches with this moniker are usually Submariner’s equipped with a green face and green bezel. The green color used is more vibrant than the green used in the more established Rolex Kermit moniker. While you might think that alone would be enough to earn the name, there is one more factor to consider.
When it comes to green, the Kermit is easily one of the most recognizable Rolex watches. Originally released in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner collection, it comes in the same green color as the legendary Sesame Street puppet.
What comes to mind when discussing Papa Blue? If you’re like most people, the first thing that comes to mind is blue. Specifically, you’re probably thinking of a shade known as “Smurf Blue.” You can bet that this hue is what led to the inspiration for the Rolex Smurf.
Interestingly enough, Coca-Cola was not the first Rolex to be named after a beverage. When the GMT-Master II was released in 1983, one of the more striking features was the design of the bezel. It included the use of black and red that looked very much like the packaging of a Coca-Cola can or bottle. Just as most people would refer to soda by the nickname Coke, it didn’t take long for enthusiasts to follow suit with the watch.
Between the release of Rolex Pepsi and Rolex Coke, soda again became the nickname’s inspiration. Such is the case with the Rolex Root Beer. Also part of the GMT-Master II collection, the color led to this interesting name. The combination of warm brown and equally attractive cream colors makes the bezel look a bit like a tall glass of cool root beer with a nice creamy head on top. Specifically, the bezel is brown, while the dial includes cream accents.