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



WOTW Specs

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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  1. Brent Anderson

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    “Oooooo, Blow” Perfect for Ratrick.

  2. Travisty

    Aug 14, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Tacky IMO

  3. Hunter

    Aug 14, 2019 at 8:55 am

    He would wear a white watch…

  4. pmac2325

    Aug 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    A) That is an atrocious watch
    B) Perfect fit for Reed

  5. DukeOfChinoHills

    Aug 13, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Reed is the worst. His white Hublot looks like it belongs on a lifeguard.

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WOTW: Webb Simpson’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Black Ceramic



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



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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WOTW Special Edition: Rory McIlroy Playing in an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Ultra Light”



Rory was seen wearing a special edition watch during tournament play, so we’re coming to you with a very special of WOTW. We watch followers would consider this pretty big newsm since he has not typically worn a watch during tournament rounds. Rory was seen wearing what looks like an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL “Ultra Light” during the Farmers Insurance Open.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL “Ultra Light”
Case: Gamma Titanium
Bezel: Titanium, fixed
Size: 41mm
Movement: Caliber 8928 Ti, 29 Jewels
Power reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Domed Sapphire Crystal
Bracelet: Rubber Strap
Water resistance: 150m
Price: $48,600


Omega announced this special edition Seamaster back in August as an ultra-lightweight timepiece designed to be worn by athletes during competition.

Unlike traditional Seamaster watches, Omega created this special edition out of titanium for its tough and lightweight properties. The 41mm case is actually made from an alloy they call “Gamma Titanium”, a combination of titanium and aluminum. From some online searches, it looks like the aerospace industry calls this alloy titanium aluminide and it is used for high-stress parts like turbine fan blades. Gamma Titanium is very hard and extremely corrosion resistant.

Inside the titanium case is actually more titanium, the Caliber 8928 Ti movement is also made from the lightweight metal. Designing the 8928 Ti out of titanium not only fits the “light is better” theme of the watch, but it also creates a defense against magnetic fields. Strong magnetic fields can alter movements and their ability to keep accurate time. Titanium is inherently anti-magnetic and the movement can withstand magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss.

The manual winding 8928 Ti’s double-barrel design allows it to better use the stored energy and give it an impressive 72-hour power reserve. The 8928 Ti is a manual wind movement, so you do need to use the crown to wind the watch for use. This is a pretty common feature on mechanical watches but in the name of comfort, Omega made the gamma titanium crown telescopic so it hides in the case when locked down and not in use. This makes the watch more comfortable to wear during the swing while also giving it a sleek look.

Covering the mechanical movement is a dial that is created in grade 5 titanium and finished in a matching matte grey. The hour markers are filled with luminescent material and also trimmed in a matte grey to give the Seamaster more of a stealth theme. You can choose between red, blue, and green for the dial detail and second hand, with that accent color carrying over to the rubber strap as well. The dial is covered by a domed sapphire crystal that is extremely scratch resistant. On the back of the watch is the display back, showing off the 8928 Ti movement, and utilizing another sapphire crystal to keep out dust and water. This special model Seamaster comes with either a black rubber strap with contrast stitching to match the dial or a fabric strap that brings the weight down to a feathery 55 grams.


We typically don’t do WOTW until Monday or Tuesday after the tournament, but this was too good to go unnoticed. Rory has sure graced us with a plethora of Omega watches on WOTW, but this is probably my favorite in his collection. As I write this he is only one back of the leaders, so with a good showing over the weekend you could be reading this article again next week!

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