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



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. 

WOTW details

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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  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).


  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: U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland’s Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph GMT 46



As we all know, this weekend was the U.S. Open at iconic Pebble Beach. Gary Woodland held off back-to-back defending U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka to win his first major title! It was a great tournament with a few players making a run at Woodland, but he held them off and executed the shots when he needed to win. And when he hoisted that US Open trophy high in the air, on his wrist was…nothing.

Woodland never put a watch on after his round, and that naturally makes us think he has no endorsement deal with a watch brand. (A bizarre scene at a tournament sponsored by Rolex). We also did a few searches, and Gary doesn’t have too many photos out there with him wearing a watch. The few photos we found have him wearing an Apple iWatch and a few models that can’t be identified under a sleeve.

I did find a photo on Woodland’s Instagram account, from January 21st, 2018, where he is wearing a watch that is visible, however, so let’s check it out — because it’s no Casio! The watch he appears to be wearing in that photo is a Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph GMT 46 (A24322121G1A1) with a silver dial.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph GMT 46
Reference: A24322121G1A1
Case: Steel
Size: 46mm diameter / 15.5mm tall
Movement: Caliber Breitling 24, 25 jewels
Glass: Cambered Saphire, glareproofed both sides
Bracelet: Steel 24/20mm
Price: $7,480

A bit of background on Breitling: The company was started in 1884 by skilled watchmaker Leon Breitling. He also crafted precision measuring tools, but innovative pocket watches are what made the Breitling name famous. The first Navitimer was created in 1952 and featured a flight slide rule that made it is hit in the aeronautical world.

The Navitimer 1 Chronograph GMT is a pretty big piece at 46mm in diameter and 15.5mm tall, smaller wrists will probably be overwhelmed by the size. The Navitimer is a GMT, Greenwich Mean Time, meaning that you are able to set an additional time zone on the watch. The self-winding, automatic, Breitling Caliber 24 is a 25 jewel movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Water resistance is pretty low at 30 meters (3 atm), but this is a pilot inspired model and not a dive watch. The back of the case also has all the major cities and their timezones engraved in it for reference while traveling the globe…just like Gary does!

While Woodland’s win of the U.S. Open made for some great golf, his lack of wearing a watch during the celebration was a bit disappointing for us here at WOTW! However, with the $2.25 million winner’s check in hand, we’re confident he’ll have no problem upping his wrist game.


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WOTW: Rory McIlroy’s Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 20th Anniversary



WOTW details

Watch: Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 20th Anniversary
Year: 1989
Reference: ST 345.0808
PIC Code: 3592 B
Movement: Caliber Type C2. 863 Yellow 17 Jewels
Caseback: Type D3. Apollo XI – Numbered Axxxx
Glass: Category A. Hesalite
Bracelet: Steel 1450/808
Price: $9,000+

Rory McIlroy hoisted the Canadian Open trophy wearing what looked like a new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph. But looking closer, the bracelet on Rory’s watch is a different design on the new version (I know bracelets are very easy to change from original). Upon further inspection, and way too many Google searches, we determined he is wearing a 1989 Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 20th Anniversary (ST 345.0808). More than likely the rarer numbered edition.

Rory has been on the Omega team for six years, signing with them in April of 2013. The Omega golf stable also includes some other big names in Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood, and Michelle Wie. Omega was started in 1848 by Louis Brandt in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. From that small, modest shop they have become one of the biggest names in watchmaking and even the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games. The Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957 and gained its legendary status from being worn by Ed White during the first US spacewalk in 1965. The Speedmaster was also with Buzz Aldrin when he walked on the moon in 1969, giving it the “Moonwatch” nickname.

The watch world is very big on vintage pieces right now and the early 1989 Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 20th Anniversary (ST 345.0808) is a pretty sought after model. Rory posted a photo of the watch on his Instagram account back in 2018, and our guess is that he liked the fact it was made in his birth year. The numbered Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 20th Anniversary was produced from 1988 to around 1990. The thought is Omega made 1,000 of these editions, but no one is 100 percent certain on that number.

The earlier numbered versions had a Type C2. 863 Yellow 17 Jewel movement and a rarer 1450/808 steel bracelet. Later examples received 1479/812 bracelet that seems to be more common and similar to the current Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph. The hand-wound Type C2. 863 Yellow movement requires you to manually wind the crown in order for it to continue running. The “glass” or “crystal” on this Speedmaster Professional is actually an acrylic or plastic called Hesalite. Hesalite was chosen by NASA for its durability and being shatterproof during extremely unpredictable work in space. Its scratch resistance is very low, compared to a sapphire crystal, but those scratches can be polished out.

This one was a little tricky to figure out since Omega currently sells a Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph that looks very similar! Ultimately, Omega confirmed the details, though. It’s great to see such a cool vintage piece on the wrist during the final ceremony of the RBC Canadian Open!

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