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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: Patrick Reed’s Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon

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Watch: Hublot BIG BANG Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon
Reference: 401.HQ.0121.VR
Limited Edition: 500
Date: 2015
Case: White Ceramic
Bezel: Carbon Fiber
Size: 45mm
Movement: UNICO HUB1241, 38 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, glare-proof
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Strap: White leather with black rubber and red stitching
Price: $17,000 – $25,500

The first event of the 2019 PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, The Northern Trust, ended with a BANG! That bang was a 2015 Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon (ref: 401.HQ.0121.VR) that Patrick Reed was wearing while holding up the trophy on Sunday! For Reed, this was his seventh Tour win and it moved him up the FedEx Cup standings from 50th to second.

Hublot was started in 1976, under the name MDM Geneve, by Carlo Crocco who started working on his first watch named the “Hublot.” That watch was released at the 1980 Basel watch fair, and he sold $2,000,000 worth of watches that year. The name Hublot is pronounced ‘hue-blo’ and means ‘porthole’ in French. The Big Bang line of watches was introduced in 2005 and was an instant success, tripling Hublot’s orders that year.

Reed’s Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon is a limited-edition watch of only 500 pieces worldwide. The Big Bang Ferrari stands out on any wrist with its white ceramic case and white leather strap with red stitching. Hublot and exotic car manufacturer Ferrari have been doing collaborations since 2011, creating some very exciting pieces. This Big Bang is adorned with the iconic Ferrari prancing horse logo as well as many automotive design cues. The case is made from two pieces of white ceramic, a combination of ceramic and metals, making it lightweight but also extremely wear-resistant.

The bezel is made from satin-finished carbon fiber and incorporates six “H” style titanium screws to lock it into place. The 401.HQ.0121.VR is a column-wheel chronograph, meaning it has the crown at 3 o’clock and the two pushers are two and four and it allows the chronograph to be restarted with the push of one button. The dial on the Big Bang is openwork so you can see the UNICO HUB1241 movement at work. The dial also includes a red 60-minute counter sub-dial at 3 o’clock.

The UNICO HUB1241 is an in house movement developed by Hublot with 38 jewels and a 72-hour power reserve. That movement is covered by a glare-proof sapphire crystal on both the front and back. The back crystal shows off a tungsten rotor, with anthracite finish, that looks like a Ferrari five-spoke wheel. The strap is made of white leather with red contrast stitching and a black rubber backing. The straps are simple to change with a quick-release push-button located at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions on the case.

Reed has been a Hublot ambassador since 2017, and this Big Bang is the same one that Reed was wearing when he won The Masters in 2018. So I am willing to bet that it is one of his favorites in his rotation. Congratulations to Patrick on winning the first leg of the 2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs!

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WOTW: Brooks Koepka’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller

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Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
Reference: 326935-0007
Case: Everose Gold
Bezel: Everose Gold Fluted Ring Command
Size: 42mm
Movement: Rolex 9001, 40 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Everose Oyster
Price: $48,850

I don’t think anyone can deny that Brooks Koepka is one of the best players in the world right now. He went out and won the WGC FedEx St. Jude this weekend by three strokes and made it look easy…and he was under the weather! This was his third win this year and when he held that distinct yellow WGC trophy high, on his wrist was a Rolex Sky-Dweller in Everose Gold with a Dark Rhodium dial (Ref: 326935-0007).

Koepka’s model has a Dark Rhodium dial that is protected by a scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal. That crystal has a cyclops lens over the date that magnifies those numbers, making them easier to read. The Sky-Dweller case and Oyster bracelet are made from Rolex’s patented 18k Everose Gold, their version of pink gold introduced in 2005. Everose Gold gets its hue from adding copper and some silver to the alloy, but Rolex also ads a bit of platinum to their formula. The platinum not only enhances the color but also protects the material from fading or aging over time. The copper in rose gold typically reacts with UV rays, saltwater, and sweat but the platinum acts as a protective agent. After 13 years of Rolex making Everose Gold watches, they have exceeded every expectation for Everose Gold.

The Rolex Sky-Dweller is a watch aimed at travelers and introduced in 2012. The Sky-Dweller stands out from other watches with its iconic dual time zone display. This off-center disk rotates to show the home time zone in a 24-hour format while the hands show the current time zone. The Sky-Dweller also offers a unique integrated calendar. The day of the month is shown at three o’clock like most watches, but the month is marked in a contrasting rectangle above the numerals, or makers, on the face. This way, you don’t have to reset the date for months that are 28 or 30 days. The date system only requires one adjustment a year on the first of March.

The date functions on the Sky-Dweller are very simple to adjust, just rotating the fluted Ring Command bezel counter clockwise allows the date, local time, or reference time to be changed. To handle all the time zones and dates, Rolex created the 9001 movement with 40 jewels and extra gears for those functions. The 9001 is a COSC certified movement with a 72-hour power reserve and is one of the more complicated movements Rolex has created.

Congratulations to Brooks on another big win this year! The Rolex Sky-Dweller in Everose Gold isn’t an inexpensive time piece, but with over $9,500,000 in winnings this year, he deserves a few more!

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WOTW: Shane Lowry’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust

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Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 Fluted Silver Luminous
Reference: 126334-0003
Date: 2018
Case: 904L Stainless Steel
Bezel: 18k gold fluted
Size: 41mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Stainless Steel Oyster
Price: $8,000 – $10,000

The Open Championship was special this year because Shane Lowry won his first major on his home soil at Royal Portrush. The Open Championship hadn’t been played at Royal Portrush since 1951, adding to the excitement. But when they announced Shane as the Champion Golfer of the year, he held the Claret Jug high wearing nothing but some Northern Ireland rain on his wrist. Thankfully he did the proper thing and put on a watch during the parade to celebrate his victory. While celebrating with one of golf’s most prized trophies, Shane was seen wearing what looks like a Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel fluted (Ref: 126334-0003) with a silver dial.

Shane’s Datejust 41mm is in the newer version of the one we saw on Chez Reavie at the Travelers. Shane’s reference has a silver, sunburst style, dial and luminous markers on the hour. The Rolex Datejust was introduced in 1945 to celebrate Rolex’s 40th anniversary and the Datejust II was a larger version (41mm vs 36mm) introduced in 2009. In 2016 Rolex introduced the Datejust 41 that is an updated version of the Datejust II. The movement in the Datejust 41 is a self-winding Calibre 3235 that is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

The 3235 brings a new Chronergy escapement to increase efficiency and 70 hours of power reserve. The Rolex Oyster case is made of 904L Stainless steel and has a silver dial with luminous hour markers. That dial is covered by a sapphire crystal and surrounded by a fluted, 18k white gold bezel. The fluted bezel on the Datejust 41 is a slight bit thinner than the one on the previous Datejust II. The Oyster band is made from solid 904L Stainless Steel links that offer greater resistance to corrosion and takes a higher polish than other stainless steel.

Congratulations again to Shane Lowry for winning The Open Championship and being named Champion Golfer of the year! Thankfully he came to his senses and put on a great looking Rolex Datejust 41 to try and match the shine of that legendary Claret Jug!

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