Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic
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
Fitness tracker: WHOOP Strap 3.0
Battery Life: 5 Days
Case: White plastic w/LEDs
Strap: ProKnit Arctic
Monitors: Heart rate, heart rate variability, sleep, strain, recovery, activity
Bluetooth Low Energy Compatible (BLE)
Price: $180 ($30 per month for a minimum of 6 months)
The second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs came to an end with Justin Thomas holding up two trophies and wearing two accessories on his wrist! On his left, what looked to be a Rolex Sea-Dweller (Ref: 126600-0001) in stainless steel, and on his right a Whoop Strap 3.0 fitness tracker in Arctic White. Thomas held off a hot Patrick Cantlay, who has been on WOTW before, to win by three strokes and go into the Tour Championship as the No. 1 seed.
Let’s start off with the left wrist, a Rolex Sea-Dweller in stainless steel. The Sea-Dweller has become a very popular watch lately, seeing more of them on wrists where we might have seen its smaller sibling the Submariner. From a distance, the two look similar, but the larger (40mm vs 43mm) and more capable Sea-Dweller has been seen more frequently on the wrists of PGA Tour players.
The Sea-Dweller has its signature helium escape valve on the side of the case for saturation diving. The slow decompression process, while diving, was causing the crystals on the watch to pop off, so a spring-loaded valve was designed to slowly release those pressured gases. The Sea-Dweller utilizes Rolex’s Calibre 3235 movement that was designed in house for a high level of performance and 70hrs 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 by 15 percent. The Sea-Dweller’s case and bracelet are made from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel. Oystersteel offers superb corrosion resistance from saltwater.
On JT’s right wrist was a Whoop Strap 3.0 in Arctic White that we have also started seeing more on tour. Whoop Strap 3.0 is a fitness tracking device that monitors your heart rate, and other variables, 100 times a second. This level of monitoring allows it to know when you are working out, golfing, sitting, or even sleeping. Whoop is a membership-based fitness and body tracking system that uses the Strap 3.0 to monitor the amount of strain you put on your body during workouts, recovery time, and even sleep patterns to help you get the most out of your fitness plan. The membership plans also offer you the option of competing against other users using Whoop to stay motivated.
The Whoop Strap 3.0’s case is made of what looks like composite or plastic and is waterproof to 20 meters. The side of the case has LED lights to show battery life and a battery life of up to 5 days. The ProKnit straps are designed to be easy to clean, easy to change, and waterproof. You can monitor your analytics in real-time on the phone app and on your desktop computer. Whoop did come up with a great way to recharge the Strap 3.0 when sleeping, you attach a small battery pack to the strap. This battery pack is charged, through a USB cable, and then snapped on to the strap so you don’t have to take it off and lose minutes or hours of data.
Congratulations to Justin Thomas on a great FedEx Cup Playoff win and for doubling up on WOTW! It is great to see him mix Swiss precision watchmaking with the latest in fitness and body tracking technology.
WOTW: Joaquin Niemann’s Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman”
Watch: Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman”
Date Made: 2013-2018
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Bi-Color Cerachrom Ceramic Stainless Steel
Movement: Rolex 3186, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Joaquin Niemann was wearing a Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (ref: 116710BLNR-0002) in stainless steel after winning The Greenbrier. Joaquin went wild at the first tournament of the PGA season, firing a phenomenal 21-under to win by 6! Under the sleeve of that dark green jacket, matching the blue glass trophy, was the “Batman.” The Rolex GMT-Master II in black and blue earned that nickname from the bi-color ceramic bezel that is the colors of the famous superhero. Joaquin was wearing what looked like the previous version of the GMTMaster II that was made from 2013-2018 and now trade for around $14,000, about $6,000 more than the original retail price.
The Rolex GMT-Master was originally created in the 1950s as a watch designed for pilots, making it easy to read two different time zones at the same time. The GMT-Master was durable, precise, and had a versatile appearance that has made it such a popular timepiece. The GMT-Master II that Niemann had on looked to be the previous version that was released in 2013 and made until last year. This was the first watch with a bi-color ceramic bezel that Rolex previously said was impossible to make. The two-tone bezel was originally created for pilots to distinguish day and night hours easily.
This black and blue combination was the first bi-color ceramic bezel GMT-Master II, followed in 2014 by the “Pepsi” version with a blue and red bezel. Inside the 40mm 904L Oystersteel case is the Rolex 3186 self-winding movement with 50 hours of power reserve. The 3186, like all Rolex movements, is a certified Swiss chronometer proving how precise and accurate it is. The 3186 movement also includes Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring for resistance to shock and temperature variation.
That signature bi-color ceramic bezel is bidirectional, meaning you can rotate it either clockwise or counterclockwise to monitor an additional time zone. The Oyster bracelet is made from 904L Oystersteel and was created by Rolex to ensure durability and corrosion resistance while also providing an outstanding polish. There is a sapphire crystal covering the black dial that includes a cyclops magnifying lens over the date at 3 o’clock.
Currently, the Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (ref: 116710BLNR-0002) is a very coveted piece and will require you to shell out about $15,000 for one! Even the new 2019 GMT-Master II “Batman,” with the Jubilee bracelet and 70 hours power reserve, will command a price well above retail. We all love seeing the superhero win at the end and Joaquin Niemann was that hero on Sunday.
WOTW: Bubba Watson’s Richard Mille watches over the years
Bubba Watson made a huge splash in 2011 when he started wearing a white Richard Mille RM 038 while playing tournament rounds. Not may golfers wear a watch while playing in tournaments, Phil and Bubba are the only two that come to mind, due to their personal preference or the fact that the golf swing is a death sentence for most mechanical movement watches.
Bubba’s watches have made news headlines because of the stand out white color and the fact that they all pretty much have six-figure price tags. Since 2011, Richard Mille has created a few different models inspired by Bubba Watson and his powerful golf game. I know there have been a few limited edition models for other markets, like the awesome Dark Legend and All Grey Boutique, but we will hold off on those. Let’s take a look the three main Bubba Watson models over the years; The RM 038, RM 38-01, and the RM 055.
The RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson ($525,000)
This was the one that started it all! The white one with the over half-million-dollar price tag. The one that everyone was searching online for. The Richard Mille RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson. Only 38 lucky people on this planet own a RM 038 with its slightly grey tinted, white magnesium case. This timepiece was special because it combined a complicated movement, precise timekeeping, and extreme durability.
The case is made up of three pieces of magnesium WE 54 that is 89 percent magnesium, six percent yttrium, and five percent of rare earth metals. The material is extremely lightweight but very hard to machine, taking much longer than traditional metal. The case then goes through Miarox, an electro-plasma oxidation treatment, that coats the pieces in ceramic. Miarox is used in the medical and aerospace sectors, being extremely scratch and corrosion-resistant. The three pieces of the case are held together with 12 spline screws and the Nitrile O-ring seals give the watch water resistance to 50 meters. Inside that case is a RM038 calibre with 19 jewels, 42-hour power reserve, and a baseplate and bridges made from grade five titanium.
Those bridges and baseplate require rigidity and precise surface flatness for the perfect functioning of the gears. The tourbillon is used to rotate the balance wheel and escapement in order to negate the effects of gravity on the movement and is located at 6 o’clock. The manual wind calibre also contains a carbon fiber band that helps to reduce shock during the golf swing. The RM 038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson is finished off with a matching vented rubber strap and a sapphire crystal, making it fit for a Masters champion!
The RM 38-01 Manual Winding Tourbillon G-sensor Bubba Watson ($825,000)
If you thought the RM 038 was crazy, well hold because the RM-038-10 Manual Winding Tourbillon G-sensor Bubba Watson is next on the list. The RM 38-01 was an even more complicated version of the RM 038, adding a mechanical G-sensor. This G-sensor was inspired by Bubba Watson being one of the longest drivers of the golf ball on tour. This one component is composed of 50 moving parts, while only being a mere 17mm in size! The G-sensor is located at 12 0’clock and can read up to 20 Gs of acceleration during the swing, especially during impact. The RM 38-01, like its older sibling the RM 038, contains a tourbillon for more precise timekeeping but does have an upgraded 48-hour power reserve. Grade 5 titanium, with a PVD treatment, is used for the baseplate and flying bridges in order to make sure the entire mechanism is held securely in place during the golf swing.
Along with the case, the baseplate and flying bridge are held together with titanium spline screws. Instead of magnesium, the case on the RM 38-01 is made from titanium and either green TPZ ceramic or Quartz TPT. The green TPZ is made up of 95 percent yttrium-stabilised zirconium, offering excellent scratch resistance along with being very lightweight. Quartz TPT is made up of hundreds of 45 microns thin layers of quartz filaments. Each layer orientation is rotated 45 degrees for durability and then heated to 120 degrees Celcius before being machined to its final shape. Only 50 were made, water resistant to 50 meters and feature torque-limiting crowns to make sure the movement isn’t damaged from overwinding. This is one of the pieces of golf gear that I would love to try, just to see how many Gs I could produce!
The RM 055 Manual Winding Bubba Watson ($98,200)
And here is probably the tamest version, if you can call any Richard Mille watch tame, the RM 055 Manual Winding Bubba Watson. The RM 055 contains a manual winding, 24 jewel, calibre RMUL2 movement with a 55hr power reserve. The RMUL2, like its older siblings, has its baseplate and bridges made from grade 5 titanium coated in PVD and Titalyt to resist corrosion and long term wear. The movement is a skeleton design, meaning that you can see through it and the sapphire crystals on the front and back of the watch give it an open and airy look.
The skeleton frame for the RMUL2 goes through extensive testing to ensure it is durable enough for a golf swing, withstanding accelerations of over 5000 G’s. The energy from winding is stored in a double-barreled system allowing more rotations and less wear on the teeth, pivots, and bearings. To protect that movement, the RM 055 case is made from ATZ and grade 5 titanium, held together with signature titanium spline screws. The ATZ bezel is injection-molded, under high pressure, from yttria-stabilized zirconia and alumina to increase rigidity by about 20 percent.
Next, to diamond, ATZ is one of the hardest materials in the world and takes extensive machining to produce the finished product. The grade 5 titanium center of the case is encased in a rubber coating for shock resistance and comfort, while offering 30m water resistance. The RM 055 and RM 038 do look similar in design, but the RM 055 is a brighter white compared to the grey-tinted RM 038. This 43mm timepiece is the only one of the three that isn’t limited edition and is affordable…in comparison!
WOTW: FedEx Cup Champions
2007 – Tiger Woods
Tag Heuer Kirium Formula 1, Rubber Strap – Ref: CL111A
It is just fitting that Tiger Woods wins the first FedEx Cup. He had been a Tag Heuer athlete since 2002 and raised the inaugural trophy wearing a pretty interesting watch. The Tag Heuer’s Kirium series debuted in 1997 and brought a modern, sleek design to the brand. The Kirium Formula 1 was introduced in 2002 and had a unique analog-digital dial. It looked like a normal watch with a black dial, but when you started the chronograph, the digital LCD lit up behind the hands.
2008 – Vijay Singh
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph White Dial, Rubber Strap – Ref: 25940SK.OO.D002CA.02.A
Vijay is a machine, hitting more practice golf balls than anyone on the planet. He took home the FedEx Cup in its second year and showed off a nice piece of hardware on his wrist. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore line was created in 1993 and offers a sportier, more powerful look. This 2008 version was 42mm with a stainless steel case, black bezel, and white dial with silver sub-dials. This model could have been the “Rubber Clad” with a black rubber coating on the bezel for impact protection.
2009 – Tiger Woods
Tag Heuer Aquaracer Multi Function, Rubber Strap – Ref: CAF1010
Tiger wins his second FedEx Cup and is wearing his second analog-digital dial watch! The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Multi Function offers a series of features in its three digital displays behind the analog hands. This 44mm timepiece also had a sapphire crystal and was water-resistant up to 300M.
2010 – Jim Furyk
Who can forget Jim putting in the rain with his hat flipped backwards to win his FedEx Cup? Well he also wasn’t wearing a watch, just some Atlanta rain on his wrist. Thanks, Jim.
2011 – Bill Haas
For a second-straight year the champion isn’t wearing a watch. I mean the guy hits his ball out of a pond on 17, just an amazing shot with one foot in the water, but he can’t toss a watch on his wrist? Hopefully, he bought one with his $10 million winnings!
2012 – Brandt Snedeker
There is no way, I mean no way we go three straight years without a watch right? NOPE! Brandt goes out and wins by three strokes but no watch. Just his usual curly locks pouring out from under that visor. I’m not mad, just disappointed.
2013 – Henrik Stenson
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Stainless Steel White – Ref: 116520-0016
This was the year of the Swede, winning both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same year! Tossing almost $20 million under his mattress must feel pretty good and raising the FedEx Cup trophy wearing a Rolex Daytona must be a close second. The Rolex Daytona was introduced in 1963 for professional racing drivers and are some of the most coveted watches in the world right now. At 40mm they are easy to wear and contain the Rolex 4130 self-winding movement. The 4130 is extremely reliable due to having fewer parts and having a Parachrom handspring to reduce shock from impact. Henrik’s Daytona has a 904L stainless steel case and bracelet with a polished steel bezel.
2014 – Billy Horschel
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio – Ref: PAM00320
Well, Billy wasn’t wearing his famous octopus pants when he won the FedEx Cup, but he did have a really nice Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT on his wrist! Billy’s Panerai has a P.9001 automatic movement with 29 jewels and as its name suggests, a 3 day power reserve. It also includes a Incabloc anti-shock device to protect the movement. Small details like the polished bezel and satin case finish are just the way Panerai does things. The Luminor 1950 3 Day is a GMT, meaning it will easily keep a secondary time zone for traveling. Billy’s watch is finished off with a brown leather strap and Panerai’s signature crown cover.
2015 – Jordan Spieth
Rolex GMT-Master II White Gold “Pepsi” – Ref: 116719BLRO-0001
Jordan owned 2015 with a Masters, U.S. Open, and FedEx Cup win! To cap off an amazing year he threw on a Rolex GMT-Master II White Gold “Pepsi” and held that FedEx Cup high! The “Pepsi” GMT-Master II nickname comes from the blue and red ceramic bezel that are the colors of the famous cola brand. The GMT-Master was originally made for pilots, showing two time zones simultaneously and being able to track a third. The GMT-Master II contains a Swiss chronometer certified 3186 movement, created in-house by Rolex. It also contains their Parachrom spring for shock resistance. The white gold case and bracelet add quite a bit of weight compared to the stainless steel versions.
2016 – Rory McIlroy
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M MASTER CO-AXIAL GMT 43 MM “GoodPlanet” – Ref: 184.108.40.206.04.001
The season ended with a three-man playoff and it took Rory four holes to finally come away with his first FedEx Cup win. On his wrist that Sunday was a limited edition Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M MASTER CO-AXIAL GMT 43 MM “GoodPlanet”. This was a watch that Omega designed to celebrate their partnership with the GoodPlanet Foundation. This 43mm Seamaster case was made from grade 5 titanium and protected a white lacquered dial. The white dial contains blue indexes and the date at 6 o’clock. Inside the Seamaster GoodPlanet is Omega’s caliber 8605 automatic movement with their silicon balance spring and co-axial escapement. The Seamaster GoodPlanet is finished off with sapphire crystal and a blue sailcloth strap.
2017 – Justin Thomas
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Rolesium / Dark Rhodium Ref: 116622-0003
Five wins, twelve top-10 finishes, and a FedEx Cup championship is a dream year for any golfer! And for 24yr old Justin Thomas, wearing a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Dark Rhodium, that is exactly what it was! The Yacht-Master is the only Rolex line to use Rolesium, the combination of Oystersteel and a 950 platinum bezel. This combination give a silvery whiteness color that is vibrant and gives the watch a higher sense of luxury. The Dark Rhodium dial not only makes this Yacht-Master stand out; it gives better readability of the 18ct white gold hour markers. Accented by a light blue second hand and Yacht-Master text, this reference stands out in a subtle way. Inside the case is the extremely reliable and precise 3235 movement that is designed in-house at Rolex and covered by 14 patents. The movement is also insensitive to magnetic interference since it is made from nickel-phosphorus.
2018 – Justin Rose
Hublot King Power Unico All Carbon Ref: 701.QX.0140.RX
Justin Rose squeaked out a 41-point win over a comeback-minded Tiger Woods. Woods won the Tour Championship, but Rose’s T4 finish sealed the deal as the FedEx Cup champion and he celebrated wearing a Hublot King Power Unico All Carbon. This 48mm watch case is made from matte-finished carbon fiber and features a textured rubber strap. The carbon fiber bezel is secured by six titanium screws that are designed with an “H” style head. The transparent dial shows off the UNICO HUB1240 movement. The hands and hour markers are all finished in ruthenium, brushed grey, and luminous filled for easy reading in low light conditions. The unique date mechanism is white numbers on a translucent disk that rotate around the dial and a black background highlights the current day.
2019 – Rory McIlroy
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL GMT – Ref: 220.127.116.11.03.001
Rory joins Tiger as the only two-time winners of the FedEx Cup and pockets $15 million while wearing an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL GMT. Rory’s Seamaster is 43mm but has a slimmer design that wears a little smaller than its size. Made of stainless steel, the case and bracelet go well with the Teak Concept blue dial, covered by an anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal. This Seamaster is a GMT model, offering the ability to track two timezones, the 2nd being displayed with a small hand with a bright red accent. Under the hood is the Omega Caliber 8605 automatic winding movement with 60hrs of power reserve. This movement has a co-axial escapement that produces greater accuracy, while reducing friction, thus requiring less maintenance. The 8605 can be seen through the transparent caseback, including the Geneva Wave design on the rotor.
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