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WOTW: Patrick Cantlay’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph

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Editor’s Note: WOTW = What’s On The Wrist. Similar to WITB, this series will look at the timepieces sported by wrists that are attached to hands that are holding trophies in professional golf! If you’re ever wondered during a trophy presentation, “what watch is that?” we at WRX are doing our best to figure it out. 

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph
Reference: 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 41mm across/11mm tall
Movement: Caliber 2385
Glass: Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Bracelet: Stainless steel with folding clasp
Price: $24,300

WOTW is a week late on this one, but we decided to start the series right after Patrick Cantlay won The Memorial Tournament. It’s the thought, not the deadline, that counts, right?

You might have noticed an “AP” on the sleeve of more than a few golfers on tour lately. Those initials stand for Audemars Piguet, a very high-end Swiss watchmaker. Audemars Piguet was started by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in 1875 to create complex and precise timepieces. Today Audemars Piguet keeps that tradition alive with its full line of classic and cutting edge designs.

Patrick Cantlay won the Memorial Tournament last week by shooting a 64 on Sunday! That was the lowest round of the day by two strokes, and he held off some very good players! After his win, he got to shake Jack Nicklaus’ hand and hoist a crystal trophy while wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph.

DUBLIN, OH – JUNE 02: Patrick Cantlay smiles as he receives the trophy from tournament host Jack Nicklaus following the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2019 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Marking the 20th anniversary of Royal Oak chronographs, Reference 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 is created from stainless steel and features textured black “Grande Tapisserie” dial with white subdials. A small date window resides at about 4:30 on the dial as well. Royal Oak sport watches are defined by their signature hexagon screws placed in an octagon bezel.

The stainless steel bracelet is unique to Audemars Piguet with uniform satin finish across the perfectly matched beveled links and an AP logo on the folding clasp. At 41mm across and 11mm tall, the Royal Oak isn’t large by today’s standards, but it should fit most medium to larger wrists proportionally. At the heart of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph is the high-end Caliber 2385 movement with date and 40 hours of power reserve.

The dial is protected by a glare-proofed sapphire crystal that offers easy viewing on the course along with extreme scratch resistance. Should you have to retrieve that errant tee shot out of the pond, the Royal Oak features 50m of water resistance. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph comes in two sizes, 41mm and 38mm, and a plethora of material and dial colors. With all the options offered, you have the choice to go very bold and stand out or keep things subtle.

Congratulations to Patrick Cantlay on picking a great timepiece to go with the Memorial Tournament trophy!

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Isaac

    Jun 13, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Love this!!!

  2. James Reeves

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:43 am

    This series is a bad idea.

  3. brian

    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:39 am

    That watch cost more than my car, new. AP watches are also ugly as sin.

  4. Jonathan W

    Jun 11, 2019 at 2:32 am

    No interesting at all, I’d rather see what they drive back home (if anything non-golf related).

    Next.

  5. tom

    Jun 11, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Lots of cool watches on tour players wrists, great to see GolfWRX branch out a bit

  6. R

    Jun 10, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Who wears or even looks at watches these days? It’s a bloody clock.
    We all have Smartphones. No need for silly watches.
    Watch companies are desperate to sell their anachronistic objects

  7. Nick

    Jun 10, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    This is golfwrx not Hodinkee!

  8. Peter

    Jun 10, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    So many exclamation points in this article!

  9. JP

    Jun 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Meh… Go check out the watch Rafael Nadal wears WHILE playing tennis! That’s a WOTW I’d want to see

  10. Johnnythunders

    Jun 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Not really interested in this series, who cares what watch’s they are wearing. I don’t even wear a watch anymore, phone tells me the time. Kill this boring,

    • Aaron

      Jun 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

      Typical response. You’re missing the fact that many golfers have watch endorsements. In turn, many people DO INDEED wear watches. Businessmen wear watches. Caddies wear watches. Average Joes wear watches.

  11. george

    Jun 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Yeah, right! Whoever is wearing a $24,000 watch while playing golf has either no intention of wearing said watch very long or is simply a poseur with more money than brain.
    Anyone who’s ever had a mechanical timepiece knows what the “interaction” of the club with the ground will do to the intricate minuscule pieces in such a watch. And 50m water resistance? Puh-lease! My $5 calculator watch does that.

    • Aaron

      Jun 10, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      Almost no one on Tour wears their watch while playing golf. They put it on afterward and flash it for the camera. You realize these watch companies pay these guys to wear their watches, in hope that the viewing public aspires to wear them. Stop nay-saying something just because YOU don’t do it.

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WOTW: Adam Scott’s Rolex GMT-Master II “Root Beer”

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Adam Scott was wearing what looked to be a Rolex GMT-Master II watch in stainless steel and rose gold on Sunday. Riviera played tough for the final group at the Genesis Invitational yesterday, but Adam Scott shot one-under for the day to win by two strokes. It was Scott’s first win since 2016, and he was excited to hold that silver trophy while wearing his “Root Beer” Rolex GMT-Master II (ref 126711chnr-0002) in steel and rose gold.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex GMT-Master II “Root Beer”
Reference: 126711chnr-0002
Case: 904L Oystersteel and Everose Gold
Bezel: Bi-Color Cerachrom Ceramic Everose Gold
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3285, 31 Jewels
Power reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Everose Rolesor
Price: $14,800

Rolex is the biggest name in watches, and currently, there is a waiting list for most of their popular models. In the 1950s, Rolex created the GMT-Master for pilots who were looking to track multiple time zones. The GMT-Master was durable, precise, and had a versatile appearance that has made it such a popular timepiece. Rolex is so obsessed with the quality of its timepieces that they created their own alloys in their own foundries to make sure these metals are up to spec. This watch contains a few of those metals: Oystersteel, Everose Gold, and Everose Rolesor. Osytersteel is a 904L stainless steel that has been formulated to eliminate corrosion as well as hold a fantastic polish. Everose Gold is an 18ct gold alloy that again is made to hold its color through the harsh conditions of everyday wear. Everose Rolesor is the use of both Oystersteel and Everose Gold in harmony with each other.

Adam Scott’s GMT-Master II was introduced in 2018 and gets its “Root Beer” nickname from the brown and black ceramic bezel. That bezel is crafted from 18 ct Everose gold and is bidirectional for use with the GMT function. You can turn the dial to set the additional time zone and is read with the engraved 24-hour numerals. Inside the bezel is a black dial that is surrounded by Everose hour markers with matching Everose hands that will resist tarnishing. Those hour markers are filled with Chromalight for a blue luminescence that will last hours making reading them in low light a simple task.

All that is covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a cyclops magnifying lens over the date at 3 o’clock. The 40mm Oyster case is made from Everose Rolesor and contains a monobloc middle case, a screw-down case back, and a triple lock screw-down crown for a water resistance rating of 100m. The GMT Master-II contains Rolex’s COSC Certified 3285 self-winding automatic movement. The 3285 features 31 jewels, 70 hours of power reserve, and Rolex’s patented Chronergy escapement for better efficiency. The movement is made from mostly nickel-phosphorus so that magnetic fields have little effect on the precision of the timekeeping. The Oyster bracelet on the “Root Beer” GMT is crafted from Everose Rolesor and has a two-tone finish with Everose gold center links. The folding Oyster lock clasp carries the matching two-tone finish and Rolex’s Easylink adjustment.

Adam has been a long-time Rolex ambassador and tends to wear quite a few different models. This “Root Beer” GMT is undoubtedly my favorite of his collection. The two-tone bezel goes perfect with the rose gold and gives the GMT a subtle flashiness that isn’t easy to pull off. Congratulations to Adam on his win, it was great to see him celebrate with a (root) beer!

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WOTW: Webb Simpson’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Black Ceramic

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Webb Simpson was wearing what looked like a Rolex Daytona Black Ceramic watch after his win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Webb birdied the last two holes of regulation to tie Tony Finau and force a playoff. On the first playoff hole, Webb made birdie and hoisted the crystal trophy high in the air wearing one of the hottest and most sought-after watches on the planet: the Rolex Daytona.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Black Ceramic
Reference: 116500ln-0002
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic / Stainless Steel
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $13,150 (Market value: $20,000+)

The Rolex Daytona was introduced the first “Daytona” in 1955 under the simple name of “Chronograph”. In 1963 Rolex created the Cosmograph (Ref: 6239) and nicknamed the watch “Daytona” to show affiliation with the now-famous auto race. The 6239 Daytona was famously worn by Paul Newman, a celebrity and racer, for so long that they are now referred to as “Paul Newman” Daytonas. Those Paul Newman Daytonas now trade for over $100,000 depending on condition and other factors. Currently, there is a waiting list of a few years to get your hands on a Rolex Daytona at retail. To buy one right now, you will have to pay about $7,000-plus above the $13,150 retail price.

The current Rolex Daytona (ref: 116500ln-0002) debuted in 2016 and has taken on the nickname of “Ceramic” because of the proprietary Cerachrom Ceramic bezel. This is a tribute to the 1965 Daytona that also had a black bezel but made from much less scratch-resistant Plexiglass. The Daytona’s 40mm case is made from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel that is much more corrosion resistant than standard stainless steel. Oystersteel was created by Rolex to make sure that it would maintain its luxurious look in even the harshest environments.

On the side of the case are three pushers for working the chronograph that screw down when not in use. This screw down system for the pushers helps give the Daytona its 100-meter waterproof rating. At the heart of the Daytona is Rolex’s own 4130 movement. This self-winding mechanical chronograph movement was developed, and built, in house by Rolex. It contains 44 jewels, a substantial 72 hours of power reserve, and features a Parachrom hairspring for resistance to shocks and temperature changes. Like all Rolex movements, it is certified by the COSC to ensure its extreme accuracy.

The black dial has sub-dials that are silver and black for easy reading while driving. On the outside of the dial are polished hour makers filled with a long-lasting Chromolight luminescent material that can also be found in the hour and minute hands. Covering and protecting the dial is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The Oyster bracelet is made from the same 904L Oystersteel as the case. The steel bracelet is 2-tone with the center links being polished to a mirror-like finish and outlined by finely brushed links. A folding Oysterlock clasp locks the bracelet to your wrist while Rolex’s Easylink extension allows for 5mm of adjustment without the use of tools.

Rolex 4130 Self-Winding Automatic Movement

I always enjoy seeing a tournament go to a playoff, and congrats to Webb not only winning the Waste Management but also getting his hands on a very coveted watch! I am willing to bet he didn’t have to put his name on the waiting list very long to get his Black Ceramic Daytona!

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WOTW: Brian Knudson’s Seiko Orange Monster Dive watch

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Some weeks, I think players are out to sabotage me and this column by not wearing watches! This week the winners on the PGA and European Tour decided to go without a timepiece, so I had to go with a lesser-known watch wearer…me! I am also going to write this in the third person (deal with it). So, here is GolfWRX staff member Brian Knudson’s Gen 1 Seiko Orange Monster (ref: SKX781).

WOTW Specs

Watch: Seiko Monster Diver
Reference: SKX781
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Orange
Size: 43mm
Movement: 7S26-0350, 21 Jewels
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Glass: Hardlex Glass
Water Resistance: 200 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Price: $300

Seiko was started way back in 1881 by a young man named Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo. He repaired and sold clocks and watches until 1892 when he opened his factory making his own clocks. Three years later he created his first pocket watch and in 1913 built his first wristwatches, under the Laurel name. This was also the first wristwatch made in Japan and before it, there were very few wristwatches imported to the country.

Seiko made its first dive watch in 1965 and in 2000 released a new dive watch that was nicknamed “Monster” on forums and websites. The Monster was available with either a black or orange dial, with the orange becoming one of the most recognizable dive watches on the planet. The Orange Monster is a great value tool watch that can stand up to just about anything you can throw at it. These aren’t rare watches and Seiko made this model for well over a decade, so you can still get them at a fair price on the secondary market.

Monsters are somewhat large at 43mm but not too overwhelming on even the average-sized wrist. The 43mm case is made from stainless steel and really only contributes to about half of the bulky 14mm watch height. The case has a groove pattern that matches the large toothy bezel as well as bezel protection from 3:30 to 7:30 and 10:30 to 1:30. The ratcheting bezel is also made from a matching stainless steel but finished in a glare-reducing brushed finish. The large groves, or teeth, make using the bezel easy to do underwater while wearing gloves.

The Orange Monster has a crown that is down at the 4 o’clock position, instead of traditionally being at 3, and is protected by steel extensions of the case sometimes called shoulders. Add in a stainless steel screw-down case back and all this armor give the Monsters a significant water resistance rating of 200m. Inside the steel case is a Seiko 7S26 self-winding automatic movement containing 21 jewels and has about a 40-hour power reserve. This workhorse movement is very durable and has decent accuracy for this price range.

The orange dial is of course what gives this watch its name and it is surrounded by blocks of luminescent material that mark the hours. The block markers are one of the main design features of the 1st generation Monsters and the next version had a pointed design that looked like a shark tooth. The hands are finished in black and filled with a hefty amount of the same luminescent material. The SKX781 also includes not just the date at 3 o’clock but also the day. Covering the dial is glass that Seiko has called Hardlex and is very scratch resistant.

Orange Monsters come with either a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet. This Monster started out life with the ribbed rubber strap with the Seiko diver logo on it, but after going through a couple of those, it was switched out for the stainless bracelet. The solid link bracelet features a 2-button folding clasp with a safety lock and an extension for use with a wetsuit.

I know this isn’t the celebrity watch sighting that you were hoping for this week, but maybe it is the watch sighting you need? This will also probably be the cheapest timepiece we ever feature on WOTW. Maybe one day Knudson will save a couple of nickels and upgrade, but until then the Orange Monster will be the star of his videos.

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