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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: Justin Thomas’ Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel Smooth White (and Whoop Strap 3.0)

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Watch: Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel Smooth White
Reference: 126300-0005
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: 904L Oystersteel Smooth
Size: 41mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $7,350

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Justin Thomas was wearing what looks to be a Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel Smooth White (ref: 126300-0005) after winning the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. After a week off, thanks to Lanto Griffin going bare wrist after the Houston Open, we are back with Justin Thomas wearing a great timepiece while holding up the CJ Cup trophy! JT has been featured on WOTW previously wearing a Rolex Sea-Dweller, but this week he was sporting something a little slimmer and formal on the wrist.

The Datejust is one of the iconic Rolex designs that has been around since its inception in 1931. The Datejust 41 was introduced in 2016 as a replacement to the short-lived Datejust II. As its name implies the proprietary 904L Oystersteel case is 41mm across and offers extreme corrosion resistance as well as being very durable. That Oystersteel case protects the 31-jewel Rolex 3235 automatic, self-winding, movement with 70 hours of power reserve.

The 3235, like all Rolex movements, is COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) certified to ensure precision timekeeping. Created in-house, the 3235 features Rolex’s Chronergy escapement and Parachrom hairspring for more efficient use of available energy. The 3235 also controls the date function that displays at 3 o’clock on the dial. Dates are not unique, but the 3235 movement changes the date instantly, instead of gradually like other movements, at midnight thanks to a symphony of intermediate gears and a spring mechanism.

A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a cyclops magnifying lens over the date covers the mostly handmade white dial with 18k gold hour markers. These gold markers resist tarnishing, allowing that lustrous shine to last for years to come. The dial looks to be white from all the photos, but there is a chance it could be a silver dial (ref: 126300-0003). The smooth bezel on this reference is made from polished stainless steel, giving it a unique look compared to the traditional fluted bezel option. JT’s Datejust 41 has the popular 2-tone polished Rolex Oyster bracelet, made from matching 904L Oystersteel. The Oyster bracelet combines Rolex’s exclusive Oysterclasp and the Easylink comfort extension link for easy all-day comfort and durability.

On JT’s right wrist was a Whoop Strap 3.0 in Denim Blue 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.

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WHOOP Strap 3.0
Battery Life: 5 Days
Case: Plastic w/LEDs
Strap: ProKnit Denim
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)

Justin is a fan favorite and it is always great to see him win. We here at WOTW also love seeing him win because he seems to always have a new timepiece to feature. So here is to hoping we see more JT wins and more Rolexes on his wrists! Congratulations!

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WOTW: Kevin Na’s Richard Mille RM35-02 Rafael Nadal Red Quartz TPT

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Watch: Richard Mille RM35-02 Rafael Nadal Red Quartz TPT
Reference: RM035-02
Date Made: 2016-2017
Case: Red Quartz TPT
Bezel: Red Quartz TPT
Size: 45mm
Movement: RMAL1, 32 Jewels
Power Reserve: 55 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Vented Rubber
Retail Price: $135,000 Current: ~$180,000

Kevin Na was wearing a Richard Mille RM35-02 Rafael Nadal Red Quartz TPT watch after he won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The Shriners was Na’s fourt PGA Tour victory and it took him two extra holes to win over Patrick Cantlay (who was our first WOTW series profile!)

Richard Mille was founded in 1999 with a focus on pushing the limits of materials used for watchmaking. Their first piece was the RM 001 Tourbillon with a movement baseplate of titanium. Since then we have seen unique watches on elite athletes like Bubba Watson, Yohan Blake, and Rafael Nadal. Nadal has had quite a few models since he joined Richard Mille in 2008 and Na was wearing the RM35-02 from around 2016.

The first thing you notice with the RM35-02 RAFA is the color—that bright red really stands out on any golf course. The red case is made from red and white Quartz TPT. Quartz TPT is created from hundreds of 45 micron thin layers, or plies, of quartz filaments that are then machined into final shape. This technology is used in F1 racing, America Cup sailing, and even TPT Golf shafts! The Quartz TPT is used in the middle section of the case and is sandwiched between two Quartz TPT bezels that offer extreme scratch and wear resistance. The three pieces of the case are held together with Richard Mille’s signature, grade-5 titanium spline screws. This gives the RM35-02 extreme durability while also being very light and ensuring water resistance to 50 meters.

Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on the front and back of the RM35-02 allows you to view the skeletonized RMAL1 self-winding, 32 jewel, movement. This movement baseplate and bridges are made from grade-5 titanium, finished in PVD and Titalyt, and held in place with grade-5 titanium spline screws that can resist up to 5000g of force. The double-barrel system within the RMAL1 offers long-term torque stability and a power reserve of 55hrs. The RMAL1 also includes a variable geometry rotor that self adjusts to the wearer’s activities and prevents the movement from being over-wound. The RM35-02 was the first Nadal signature model watch with an automatic, or self-winding, movement. The timepiece is then finished off with red, vented rubber strap and a titanium Tang buckle to keep it secure.

This is a great piece to see on Kevin Na’s wrist as he held that crystal trophy high in the air. Hopefully, we will see more of him, and his Richard Mille watches, in the 2019-2020 season!

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WOTW: Cameron Champ’s Rolex GMT-Master II (“Pepsi”)

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Watch: Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi”
Reference: 126710BLRO-0001
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Bi-Color Cerachrom Ceramic Stainless Steel
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3285, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $9,250

Cameron Champ was wearing a Rolex GMT Master II “Pepsi” after winning the Safeway Open. His stainless steel GMT Pepsi (ref: 126710BLRO-0001) is one of the most coveted steel watches in the world right now. The waiting list is long, and if you can get your hands on one, there is a good chance you are going to pay well over its $9,250 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 have made it such a popular timepiece. Champ’s reference was the newest version of the GMT Master-II, with the updated 3285 movement, and Oystersteel Jubilee bracelet. New for this GMT Master-II series is the 3285, COSC certified movement that itself holds 10 patents and gives the wearer 70 hours of power reserve.

The 3285 is made of nickel-phosphorus, allowing it to withstand magnetic fields and keep its accuracy. The 3285 also contains Rolex’s Chronergy escapement that increases efficiency while enhancing the durability. Housing that movement is the legendary 904L Oysterseel case that resist corrosion and lets the watch dive to 100m. That rugged case is covered by a black dial with the date at 3 o’clock and meticulously polished silver hands. Covering that dial is a sapphire crystal with a cyclops lens over the date to make it easier to read.

The bi-color ceramic bezel, in “Pepsi” colors are what really make the GMT Master-II stand out. Dual-color ceramic was said to be impossible until Rolex found a way to create it flawlessly. The GMT’s nickname comes from the bezel being the same colors as the iconic cola brand. This bezel also incorporates actual platinum in the silver paint for the numbers to make sure it gives off the luxurious shine that Rolex is known for.

Rolex’s 5-link Jubilee bracelet has been around since 1945, but this is the first time it has been done in Oystersteel on a bi-color ceramic bezel GMT Master-II. The 904L Oystersteel gives off a greater polish than standard stainless steel and that can be seen in the polished center links of the Jubilee bracelet. The Jubilee bracelet is finished off with an Oysterlock safety clasp and an Easylink 5mm extension for more comfort.

It was great to see Cameron Champ with another win on tour and hope to see many more from him in the future. PGA Tour wins are not easy to come by and neither is the Rolex GMT Master-II Pepsi!

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