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WOTW: Justin Thomas’ Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller (and Whoop Strap 3.0)

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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

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)
Accelerometer
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.

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  1. Mark

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:24 am

    “It is great to see him mix Swiss precision watchmaking with the latest in fitness and body tracking technology.”

    I do not think he is: they are on separate wrists.

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WOTW Time Machine: Justin Thomas’ Rolex Yacht-Master at the 2017 PGA Championship

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Justin Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow to get his first, and currently only, major win. He battled all weekend and finished with a two-stroke lead over Italian Francesco Molinari. When Justin hoisted the large Wanamaker Trophy, he was wearing what looked to be a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Dark Rhodium in Rolesium (ref. 116622-0003).

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Watch: Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: 116622-0003
Year: 2016 – 2019
Limited: No
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Rolesium 950 Platinum
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$12,500

The Rolex Yacht-Master was introduced in 1992 as a more luxurious watch for the water. The Submariner had long been Rolex’s tool watch for divers and other people on the water while the Yacht-Master focused more on precious metals and aesthetics while still offering some features for the boater. Rumor has it that the Yacht-Master was originally designed in the 1960s, as an updated Submariner, but the changes were too drastic. While the Yacht-Master is very luxurious, Rolex still demanded that it be durable and accurate. On Thomas’ wrist was a more recent version of the Yacht-Master that was launched in 2016, made from stainless steel and platinum, with a Rhodium dial. Currently, there is a new version of the watch (ref. 126622-0001) with an updated movement boasting 70hrs of power reserve.

Justin’s timepiece has a 40mm Oyster case that is built from 904L Oystersteel, Rolex’s own stainless steel alloy. Oystersteel offers better corrosion resistance as well as taking a better polish than traditional stainless. The main body of the Yacht-Master is built from a completely polished monobloc middle case with a screw-down caseback that gives the watch a water resistance rating of 100 meters.

The crown incorporates Rolex’s Triplock waterproof system to make sure water cannot enter once screwed down. Inside the 116622 Yacht-Master is Rolex’s own, COSC certified, 3135 self-winding automatic movement. The 3135 has 48 hours of power reserve, contains 31 jewels, and features Rolex’s own Parachrom hairspring to help reduce shocks and temperature variation on the movement.

The dial of Justin’s Yacht-Master is Dark Rhodium, a dark silver that features a “sunburst” effect, and contrasting light blue “YACHT-MASTER” markings as well as a matching light blue second hand. The light blue is love/hate with this piece, but I am a big fan of how Rolex put it together. Rolex’s patented Chromalight blue luminescence fills the hands and hour markers for easy low light reading.

Rolex claims their Chromalight is longer laster and easier to read in murky conditions compared to traditional luminescent material. The Chromalight filled hour markers are crafted from 18ct white gold in order to ensure they stay polished and tarnish-free. Covering that Dark Rhodium dial is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that includes a cyclops lens over the date at 3 0’clock for easier viewing.

Surrounding the crystal is the iconic Yacht-Master etched bezel that is made from Rolesium, a combination of 950 platinum and Oystersteel that is only used in the Yacht-Master. The platinum not only creates a luxurious piece, but it also prevents corrosion and tarnishing for a long-lasting vibrant shine. This luxurious bidirectional rotating bezel is not only beautiful but also displays 60-minute graduated numbers to calculate sailing time.

Keeping this watch on your wrist is a two-toned Oyster bracelet made from matching 904L Oystersteel. The center blocks are polished to a mirror-like shine while the outside links are finished in a perfect satin finish. The Oyster bracelet also features the Rolex Oysterlock safety clasp as well as their proprietary Easylink comfort extension link. The new version of Justin’s watch retails for $12,000 if you can find one, and a great condition example of the previous generation will cost you about the same price.

I am a fan of Justin Thomas, and he has been featured before in WOTW wearing a Rolex Sea-Dweller as well as a stainless steel Datejust. It would be great to feature him more and see what other Rolex watches he has in his collection.

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WOTW Time Machine: Henrik Stenson’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Dream Team” From The 2016 Open Championship

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Update: There were only 12 pieces made of this rare Offshore, 11 were for players and 1 was auctioned for charity at an Audemars Piguet event in November of 2016. The Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Dream Team” is also the first Audemars Piguet watch to use blue ceramic, the pushers on the side of the watch that control the chronograph function. Credit to @kirill_krjukov and @watchcollectinglifestyle on Instagram for the new information.

Royal Troon was the stage for the 2016 Open Championship, and it was an amazing two-man race between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson. Those two blew the field away and had a Sunday battle that would never be forgotten. Stenson ended up winning by three strokes while firing a final round 63. The Swede then held the Claret Jug proudly in the air while wearing a very special Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Dream Team” in white ceramic that was only made for specific golf athletes that year. It is by our GolfWRX definition: tour issue.

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Dream Team”
Reference: 26409CB.OO.A030CA.01
Year: 2016
Limited: Yes
Case: White Super Ceramic
Bezel: White Super Ceramic
Dial: Blue Méga Tapisserie
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3126 / 3840 – 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Blue Rubber Strap
Price: Never Sold at Retail

Henrik’s Royal Oak Offshore took a little time to figure out and even my contacts at Audemars Piguet didn’t know much about it. The Royal Oak Offshore was introduced in 1993 and quickly earned the nickname “The Beast” for its large, at the time, proportions. The Offshore is the larger, more rugged version of the iconic Royal Oak line that has been around since 1972. Henrik’s watch was part of a very limited edition that Audemars Piguet did for a select group of their golf athletes.

I looked everywhere for more details and production numbers on this Offshore, but haven’t really come up with anything concrete so a lot of this article is speculation. If I had to guess I would say they made between 10-25 of these models, making them extremely rare. Price? Well, they never came to retail and if one hit the 2nd hand market right now, I would guess it would command well over six figures.

The first thing I noticed about the photos of this Royal Oak Offshore was the bright white case and bezel that gleamed in the Scottish sun. That leads me to believe that the 44mm case and iconic Royal Oak octagon bezel are made from AP’s own white Super Ceramic. The brushed white ceramic case made of zirconium oxide, stabilized with yttrium oxide is virtually scratch-proof while also being very lightweight. The white Super Ceramic was about 500 Vickers harder than the already scratch-resistant Black Ceramic.

Audemars Piguet took over 600 hours to create this ceramic that is not only fade-resistant but also extremely durable. The Super Ceramic is not easy to work with and it takes over 12 hours to make the case while the bezel takes 8. The brushed finish is extremely unique and takes a lot of time to perfect, but for Audemars Piguet, there isn’t any other way.

And speaking of that iconic bezel, it is held down with eight hex screws that just add to the legend of the design. The dial is done in a dark blue with Audemars Piguet’s Méga Tapisserie pattern with the date window at 3 o’clock. The chronograph dial isn’t unique to the Offshore line, but with this special edition, they only made two of the sub-dials silver, while leaving the one at 12 o’clock blue. The blue dial is surrounded by polished hour markers on a white ring marking the seconds.

Inside the “Dream Team” Offshore is Audemars Piguet’s workhorse 3126 self-winding movement. The 3126 is a 59 jewel automatic with a solid 22-carat gold rotor and 50 hours of power reserve. That rotor spins on a set of ceramic ball bearings for smoothness. The display back on the case is made from titanium with a sapphire crystal window showing off the beautiful rotor and movement. All those pieces come together to give the “Dream Team” a water-resistance rating of 100 meters. This Royal Oak Offshore is finished off with a blue rubber strap connected to the case with titanium links and matching titanium pin buckle.

That 2016 Open Championship is arguably one of the most exciting majors to ever watch with two heavyweight contenders trading blows down the stretch. It was also really fun to try to dig up some information such a rare Royal Oak Offshore that very few will ever even see in person! I wonder what he could get on eBay for it?!

 

 

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WOTW Time Machine: Jason Day’s Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 at the 2015 PGA Championship

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The year is 2015 and Jason Day just won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits by three strokes. He held off a red-hot Jordan Spieth to win and when he hoisted that large Wanamaker Trophy high in the air, his Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 (ref: 116600-0003) in stainless steel shined in the Wisconsin sun.

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Watch: Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000
Reference: 116600-0003
Date: 2014
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic Stainless Steel
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Domed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 1220 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$13,000 (Org Retail $10,400)

In 2014, Rolex re-introduced the Sea-Dweller after being retired in 2009. The new Sea-Dweller 4000 brought back the medium-duty dive watch to the Rolex line. During its time away you had the option of the Submariner and the big brother Sea-Dweller DeepSea. In this new version of the Sea-Dweller Rolex packed in all the latest technology they had while keeping the classic shape and design.

The 904L Oystersteel case kept its traditional 40mm size that made it easy to wear every day while still offering exceptional water resistance to 4000ft (1220m). The world record for human diving is 1028ft, so the Sea-Dweller is more than capable of handling anything we can throw at it.

On the 9 o’clock side of the case is Rolex’s patented Helium Escape Valve that allows pent up gasses to escape when under tremendous pressure. Rolex found that without the Helium Escape Valve the sapphire crystal would come loose, destroying the watch. On the other side of the case is the screw-down crown that is used to set the time and date. The bezel is created from stainless steel and has an insert made from Rolex’s Cerachrom ceramic that is then etched with dive graduations and numerals. This Cherachrom ceramic was designed in house by Rolex to make sure that it isn’t only very scratch-resistant, but also durable enough for the hard life of a professional dive watch.

The distinct feature of the Sea-Dweller 4000 is the domed sapphire crystal that covers the dial. It has no cyclops lens over the date and the new versions of the Sea-Dweller have crystals that are more flush with the bezel. Under that domed crystal is an all-black dial that I think is done in matte black with large hour markers filled with a long-lasting luminescent material.

A lot of vintage Rolex fans were hoping the Sea-Dweller text and water-resistance rating was printed in red to pay homage to the first SeaDwellers, but that text is done in white. Inside the Sea-Dweller 4000 is Rolex’s 3135 self-winding automatic movement.

Like all Rolex movements, it is COSC certified to make sure it is extremely accurate under any conditions. The 3135 contains 31 jewels, 48hrs of power reserve, and Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring to help resist shocks and temperature variations.

The Oyster bracelet is made from solid links of matching 904L Oystersteel, giving it an extreme resistance to corrosion from saltwater. The Oyster bracelet also includes Rolex’s own Glidelock extension to extend or shorten the band in 2mm increments along with a dive extension so it can fit over a wetsuit. When the Sea-Dweller 4000 hit retail in 2014 the retail price was $10,400 but currently, I see them listed for around $13,000 on most luxury watch trading sites.

In 2015 Jason Day reached world #1, won his first major, and set the record for shooting -20 in that major. He was pounding driver and just making golf look so easy. It was also great to see him wearing what is now a collectible Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 on his wrist. I really hope we can see him get back to form and competing for majors again!

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