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WOTW: J.T. Poston’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller

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Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller
Reference: 126600-0001
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 43mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 1,220 Meters (4,000ft)
Helium Escape Valve
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $11,350

This weekend we had another first-time winner on the PGA Tour. J.T. Poston went out on Sunday, fired a bogey-free 62, and then hoisted the Wyndham Championship trophy up in the air while wearing what looked like a Rolex Sea-Dweller (Ref: 126600-0001) in stainless steel. He was all smiles afterward, and could you blame him with an extra $1.1 million in his pocket?

With respect to the watch, the Rolex Sea-Dweller was a project that started in 1967 when there was a demand for dive watches that could operate at depths of 1,000 ft. For those depths the Sea-Dweller needed something more than just a larger, more rugged case, it was the introduction of their patented the helium escape valve. That patent was more than likely the reason for these watches not being available to the public until 1971. On the side of the case, there is what looks like a button, but is actually the helium escape valve for saturation diving.

The slow decompression process was causing the crystals on the watch to pop off, so a spring-loaded valve was designed to slowly release those pressured gases. The current generation Sea-Dweller is a 43mm workhorse made from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel. Oystersteel offers superb corrosion resistance for deep saltwater dives and can offer a better polish than standard stainless. Sea-Dwellers offer larger hands and luminescent markers that glow up to 8hrs for easier reading underwater. The Sea-Dweller name on the black dial is in red to pay homage to the first models that had the same logo, those originals are some of the rarest Rolex models ever produced. The Sea-Dweller’s bezel is finished in Cerechrom Ceramic, an extremely durable and scratch resistant finish that should hold up to all the seawater and UV rays you can throw at it.

Inside the Sea-Dweller is Rolex’s Calibre 3235 movement that was designed in house for a high level of performance and 70 hours of power reserve. After the 3235 receives its certification from the COSC it is then installed in the case and tested a second time, by Rolex, to ensure it is operating with the precision they demand. The 3235 also features Rolex’s Chronergy escapement and Paracchrom hairspring to increase the efficiency of the movement. In 2012 a prototype Sea-Dweller DeepSea Challenge watch went down to 10,898 meters (35,754ft), the bottom of Challenger Deep of the Mariana’s Trench.

It was great to see Poston play so well on Sunday and get his first PGA Tour win! Hopefully, with that prize money, he can plan a little vacation when the season is over, to do some diving with his Rolex Sea-Dweller!

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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.

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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.

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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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