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WOTW: Rory McIlroy’s Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial GMT

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Watch: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial GMT
Reference: 231.10.43.22.03.001
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel, fixed
Size: 43mm
Movement: Caliber 8605, 38 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Glass: Domed Sapphire Crystal
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 150m
Price: $7,900

On Rory McIlroy’s wrist this week was an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial GMT watch in stainless steel. While Rory wasn’t a master of the sea this weekend, he was the master of East Lake and took home golf’s largest prize, $15,000,000. It was a great final round where Rory held of the best players in the world to capture his second FedEx Cup.

Omega was started in 1848 by Louis Brandt in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. From that small, modest shop they have become one of the biggest names in watchmaking and even the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games. Rory has been on Omega’s team since 2013—and on WOTW before—with a vintage Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 20th Anniversary from 1989.

The Omega Seamaster series was first introduced in 1948 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Omega. The first Seamaster models were inspired by watches Omega had made for the British armed forces. Since then the Seamaster collection has included everything from professional dive watches to elegant dress watches. The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra series is a combination of the two, offering a durable timepiece that can dive to 150m while touting a sleeker and more formal look. The Aqua Terra series of watches look just as good under the sleeve of a suit as they do with a t-shirt and shorts on the beach.

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 second being displayed with a small hand with a bright red accent.

Under the hood is the Omega Caliber 8605 automatic winding movement with 60 hours 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.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial GMT does have an interesting calendar day placement, right at 6 o’clock. In true Seamaster form, the Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial GMT is water-resistant to 150M/500ft, deep enough for most recreational divers.

Congrats to Rory McIlroy on a great Tour Championship win to finish off the 2019 PGA Tour season. Holding up that FedEx Cup while wearing an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial GMT has to feel like $15,000,000!

Note: In addition, on his right wrist, McIlroy had what appeared to be the same WOOP Strap 3.0 Justin Thomas wore at last week’s Players Championship. Details here. 

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  1. Matt Teeters

    Aug 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I am more interested in what Rory and Others have on there right wrist. What is the white band item?

  2. gerald cunningham

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    it’s a watch..it will keep the same time as a 19.95 watch or your cell phone. wearing a 20k watch is totally stupid…unless it is a james bond watch which has a saw and a laser beam. old joke…a yuppie was speeding along a mountain road, he skidded and his car went off the side…but he was thrown out before it hit the bottom and exploded….he crawled to the top and was crying ‘oh my beamer oh my beamer……then a cop pulled up and said ;hey buddy, you have a bigger problem, your left arm is missing’…and the yuppied started crying…’oh my roles, oh my rolex’

    • mb

      Aug 26, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Hater, sounds like you can’t afford one so you have to Hate on others.

    • Christian Larsson

      Aug 27, 2019 at 2:37 am

      Loser comment. I guess you are Amish since you can’t see the value in anything that is not just there to “get the job done”. Mao suit for you perhaps?

  3. Bee Bop A Lou Bop

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    What’s with these show me a watch that is worth more than my car segments??

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WOTW: Justin Thomas’ Rolex Sea-Dweller from the FedEx St. Jude Invitational

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Justin Thomas worked his way up from being five strokes down on the start of Sunday to win the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. His final-round 65 was more than enough as he won by three strokes and he notched third win of the modified season. After the win, JT held that WGC trophy up with a big smile on his face and a Rolex Sea-Dweller in stainless steel on his wrist.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Sea-Dweller
Reference: 126600-0001
Limited: No
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 43mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 1,220 Meters (4,000ft)
Helium Escape Valve
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $11,700

JT was wearing the same Sea-Dweller that he has worn a few times in previous wins. He wore this same watch back in January when he won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in a playoff with Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele.

The Rolex Sea-Dweller is the big brother to Rolex’s most recognizable dive watch, the Submariner. Sea-Dwellers are extremely rugged and capable dive watches that were first introduced in 1967. Those first Sea-Dwellers where also the first dive watches available to the public with a helium escape valve. Since then the Sea-Dweller has gone through a few versions with updates to its water resistance rating as well as mechanical movement. The Sea-Dweller is water-resistant to 1,220m (4,000ft), making it more than capable for any dive that a human could put it through. The Helium Escape Valve allows high-pressure gases to escape, saving the movement, when diving to extreme depths.

The Sea-Dweller’s main protection from extreme water pressure is its 904L Oystersteel case. Rolex’s Oystersteel is their own stainless steel alloy that resists corrosion better than traditional stainless steel. The case is 43mm, about 3mm larger than the Submariner, and contains Rolex’s 3235 self-winding, automatic movement. The 3235 contains 31 jewels and offers an impressive 70 hours of power reserve. All Rolex movements are COSC certified for precision and Rolex actually demands that its movements are twice that accurate.

After certification, Rolex tests the accuracy on their own high-end equipment to ensure that precision even after casing. Covering the 3235 is a black dial with larger hands and hour markers filled with Rolex’s Chromalight for easy reading in dark conditions. Rolex’s Chromalight is said to last up to 8 hours, twice as long as standard luminescent, and glows a distinct blue color.

The Sea-Dweller dial features the date at 3 o’clock and there is a cyclops lens above it to magnify the numbers for easy reading. The Oyster bracelet holding this timepiece to your wrist is made from solid links of matching 904L Oystersteel and features a Fliplock extension link to easily fit over a wetsuit. Rolex’s Glidelock system is also included so you are able to adjust the band without tools a few millimeters for that perfect fit.

Congrats to JT on his third win of the season, current No.1 ranking on the FedEx Cup points list, and No. 1 ranking in the world. He is such a fun player to watch and a fan favorite. I hope he has a great finish to the year and we can maybe see something new on his wrist!

JT, I suggest an Everose “Rootbeer” GMT-Master II, if you happen to read this…

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WOTW: Michael Thompson’s Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M “Alabama”

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Michael Thompson won his second PGA Tour event in seven years this weekend, battling for the 3M Open. He emotionally explained how much this win meant to him and his family after the round and held that crystal trophy in the air with what looked like a Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M Quartz on his wrist.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M Quartz
Reference: WAP1112.BA0831
Date: 2013
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Size: 39mm
Movement: ETA F06.111 Quartz, 3 Jewels
Power Reserve: 3 Years
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 300 Meters
Price: $1,585

Tag Heuer is typically considered motorsport and racing-inspired luxury watch brand, but the Aquaracer is their dive watch line for water sports. The line started back in 1982 as the Heuer 2000 line and was renamed in 2005 as Tag Heuer moved away from numeral designations.

Thompson’s Aquaracer may not be the most expensive watch we have featured, but I am willing to bet it probably has the most sentimental value. His version features the University of Alabama printed at 6 o’clock and the “A” logo at 9 o’clock. This is typically something that is purchased after graduation as a gift or moments of the time and work put into graduating. Thompson went to Alabama after transferring from Tulane, who’s golf program was shut down after Hurricane Katrina.

University of Alabama logo on the current Aquaracer 300M

The 2013 Aquaracer has a 39mm case that was built from stainless steel. The solid, stainless steel caseback helps seal out water to its 300-meter water resistance rating. The caseback has an old diving helmet engraved into it to remind the wearer that this was was designed for use underwater. On top of the case is a unidirectional, stainless steel bezel with numerals for use in timing dives. The blue dial has a sunburst effect that shines in the sunlight to give this Swiss timepiece a more luxurious look. Hour markers are done in polished steel and filled with luminescent material for viewing in deep, dark water. The dial also features a date window at 3 o’clock but the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal omits a magnifying cyclops lens.

Inside the Aquaracer 300M is a quartz movement made by ETA, yes this watch is battery powered. The ETA F06.111 is a 3 jewel movement that should run for 3 years on a battery while keeping extremely accurate time! A stainless steel, 3 lug, bracelet holds the 300M on your wrist. The middle lugs are larger and machines at a more aggressive edge to give the appearance of a 2 tone look. A deployant clasp keeps the band secured, but I am a little surprised that it doesn’t add the fold-over latch for added security.

It was great to see Michael Thompson win his second tournament, knowing the hard work and perseverance that he went through to get it. This win gets him into majors as well as the FedEx Cup Playoffs with chances to win some big money. I hope he plays well and can take a little to buy another timepiece as a reward!

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WOTW: Jon Rahm’s Rolex Sky-Dweller in stainless steel and white gold

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Jon Rahm got to shake (fist bump) Jack’s hand and hoist the Memorial trophy up while wearing a Rolex Sky-Dweller in stainless steel. He won by three strokes and Muirfield and that win propelled him to #1 in the world.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
Reference: 326934-0003
Limited: No
Case: Oystersteel 904L Stainless Steel
Bezel: White 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: Oystersteel 904L Stainless Steel Oyster
Price: $14,800

The Rolex Sky-Dweller is a watch aimed at travelers. It was 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 24hr 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 3 o’clock like most watches, but the month is marked in a contrasting rectangle above the numerals 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. Rahm’s model has the blue dial that is protected by a Sapphire Crystal that is extremely scratch resistant. That crystal also has a cyclops lens over the date that magnifies those numbers, making them easier to read. The Sky-Dweller case and bracelet are made from Rolex’s Oystersteel, a 904L stainless steel that offers superior corrosion resistance. Oystersteel is harder to machine but offers a much more durable and consistent polish. The Sky-Dweller is water-resistant to 100 meters and offered in Stainless Steel, Yellow Gold, and Everose Gold.


I don’t know if Rahm could have asked for a better week on the course. Hopefully, we see this world number 1 winning again soon and wearing something new on the wrist!

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