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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: Rickie Fowler’s 50th anniversary Rolex Daytona in platinum

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Rickie Fowler’s watch was a 50th Anniversary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in Platinum at the TaylorMade Driving Relief match. It was a tough defeat on the course, but the money raised to help the COVID-19 efforts was an overall victory for everyone.

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Watch: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Reference: 116506-0001
Date: 2013 – Current
Limited: No
Case: 950 Platinum
Bezel: Brown Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 950 Platinum
Price: $75,000

The Rolex Daytona is one of the most sought after watches in the world and collectors go crazy trying to get their hands on them. The Daytona was made famous by legendary actor and racer Paul Newman, who’s personal 1968 piece recently sold for $17.8 million. The first “Daytona” was introduced 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. Those 6239 Paul Newman Daytonas now trade for over $100,000 depending on condition and other factors.

Rickie is seen wearing a Daytona that was released in 2013 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Daytona, done in precious platinum, with an ice blue dial. The case and Oyster bracelet on this exquisite piece is crafted from Rolex’s “noblest metal”, 950 platinum. Rolex’s 950 Platinum is 95% the precious metal and the other 5% is made of metals like ruthenium. The ruthenium adds durability and helps the platinum retain its luster and shine. While the 950 platinum is made to be durable, this is a true collector’s item and currently the only all platinum Daytona. The bezel is created from brown Cerachrom ceramic for scratch resistance and a contains a tachymetric scale that is filled with platinum via a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. The Cerachrom ceramic is corrosion resistant and unaffected by UV rays so it will not fade over time. Rolex only uses the Ice Blue dial on platinum models, like the current Day-Date 40 and Lady Dadtejust.

The Ice Blue dial is light blue with a sunburst texture to reflect light at all viewing angles. The Daytona chronograph sub-dials are finished in a chestnut brown lacquer paint that matches the ceramic bezel. White gold hour markers and hands are filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight photoluminescent material for easy viewing in low light. Covering that special dial is a sapphire crystal that is extremely scratch resistant. Inside this collectors watch is Rolex’s in-house made, COSC Certified, 4130 movement. The 4130 is a self-winding automatic containing 44 jewels and an impressive 72 hours of power reserve. Compared to other chronograph movements the 4130 contains fewer parts, making it more reliable and accurate.

Like almost all Rolex automatic movements, the 4130 utilizes their Parachrom hairspring for shock and temperature change resistance. The platinum Oyster bracelet is made from flat links and has a folding Oysterlock safely clasp. The Oysterlock clasp also features Rolex’s Easylink comfort extension that allows 5mm of movement for added comfort.

Live golf was welcomed back in a big way with the Driving Relief match. While Rickie and Matt Wolff (wearing a Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepSea) couldn’t pull out the win, they did help raise millions of dollars for charity. Special events like this call for special watches and the Rolex Daytona Ice Blue Platinum fits that description perfectly.

Photo Credit: Hodinkee.com

Photo Credit: Hodinkee.com

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WOTW Time Machine: Matt Kuchar’s $40,000 Patek Philippe Nautilus From The 2019 Presidents Cup

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The 2019 Presidents Cup was a very close and exciting event that not many of us expected. Most thought the U.S. team would stroll away with a big win and the International team didn’t let that happen. Kuchar made a birdie putt on 17, clinching the win for the U.S. team on Sunday and then put on what looked like a stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus to celebrate.

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Watch: Patek Philippe Nautilus
Reference: 5726A-001
Year: 2010 – Current
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Horizontally Embossed Black
Size: 40.5mm
Movement: Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H – 34 Jewels
Power Reserve: 35 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 120 Meters
Strap: Hand-stitched Black Alligator
Price: $40,940

Patek Philippe was started in 1845 by watchmakers Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe. They created pocket watches and well as watches that were pinned to clothing for queens. In 1868, they created the first Swiss wristwatch for a Hungarian royal.

In the world of high-end watches, Patek is considered among the best and their pieces are highly desirable. Patek Philippe hand-finish every part that goes into their watches to perfection, even the ones you will never see. It is said that Patek spends as many hours hand-finishing a single, hidden part as other companies spend finishing an entire movement. This is part of the reason why the Nautilus can carry a waitlist time of up to eight years depending on the model. The Nautilus was first introduced in 1976 and was given that name because it’s rounded octagon case and bezel looked like a ship’s porthole.

There are many different versions of the Nautilus sports watch and Kuchar seems to be wearing the 5726A that is slightly more complicated than a more standard 5711. The two big upgrades are the annual calendar and the moon phase dial at 6 o’clock. The moon phase complication is arguably the most useless complication in mechanical watches, simply telling you what phase the moon is in at that given time. The annual calendar is a bit more useful as it displays the month and day at 12 o’clock and only needs to be set once per year, on March 1st.

The 5726A’s 40.5 mm case is made from brushed stainless steel and incorporates a rounded octagon bezel made from the same material. The bezel is a work of art with its brushed and polished finish, giving it a luxurious yet sporty look. The back of the case has a window display that shows off the Patek Philippe made Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H self-winding automatic movement. The Caliber 324 is a 34 jewel movement with 45 hours of power reserve and contains 347 individual parts. This movement also contains Patek’s adjustable mass Gyromax balance wheel to allow more precise timekeeping.

The dial on the 5726A is iconic Patek, done in black with its “mini blinds” horizontal embossed pattern. Hour markers and hands are done in white gold so they don’t tarnish over time and are filled with luminescent material for viewing in low light. The moon-phase dial at 6 o’clock is surrounded by a 24-hour display and the date number below. All that is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The strap is a matte black alligator leather that is hand-stitched and comes together with a Nautilus logoed fold-over clasp.

The 2019 Presidents Cup was one of those that we will always remember. It was a great team win and there were a lot of memorable moments, as well as watches! Kuchar is a big watch guy and I would love to see him win a few more and show off a few of those pieces. Until then we can just admire that great choice the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A was!

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WOTW Time Machine: Rickie Fowler’s Rolex Milguass from the 2012 Wells Fargo

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A young Rickie Fowler carded his first-ever PGA Tour victory in 2012 at the Wells Fargo Championship. He had to make birdie on the first playoff hole at Quail Hollow to win and let Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points split 2nd place.

With long hair and dressed in his legendary Sunday Orange, Rickie hoisted the silver trophy in the air. And on his wrist? What looked like a Rolex Milgauss in stainless and black.

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Watch: Rolex Milgauss Black
Reference: 116400-0001
Date: 2007 – 2013
Limited: No
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: 904L Oystersteel Smooth
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3131, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$9,000

Rolex has a very long history of making professional watches for divers, boaters, and race car drivers. Relatively unknown are the watches it builds for scientists, power plant workers, and medical workers.

The Milgauss was created in 1956 as an antimagnetic watch for these workers who around magnetic fields. Rolex found that a magnetic field between 50 and 100 gauss can have an effect on the accuracy of a watch’s movement. The Milgauss was tested by the European Organization for Nuclear Research in the 1950s to ensure it could withstand magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss. For reference, a refrigerator magnet is under 100 gauss and an MRI machine operates at about 15,000 gauss.

The Milgauss line was discontinued in 1988 and then brought back in 2007 with three different versions. Milgauss watches can be mistaken for the Oyster Perpetual pretty easily, but there are some very distinct features that set them apart. The first thing you will notice is the orange accents in the dial as well as the orange second hand in the shape of a lightning bolt. The case is 40mm and made from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel, a stainless steel alloy that resists corrosion.

Inside that stainless case is the antimagnetic shield made of a ferromagnetic alloy to further prevent magnetic forces for having an effect on the movement. That movement is Rolex’s 3131 self-winding automatic containing 31 jewels and a 48-hour power reserve. Along with being shielded from magnetic fields, the 3131 is a certified chronometer and has passed the COSC tests.

The dial on Rickie’s Milgauss is black with orange markings above each of the luminescent hour markers. The orange detail and lightning bolt sweeping second hand are exclusive to the Milgauss line. Covering the dial is a sapphire crystal that is extremely scratch resistant. On the new version of the Milgauss, the sapphire crystal is done in green and special to just the Milgauss line.

The smooth bezel is made from matching Oystersteel and polished to a mirror-like finish. Keeping the Milgauss to your wrist is the 2-tone Oyster bracelet made from solid links of 904L Oystersteel. The flat inner links are polished while the flat outer links are done in a brushed finish. A folding Oysterclasp connects the bracelet and there is Rolex’s own Easylink extension link for 5mm of adjustable comfort.

It seems like 2012 was so long ago, yet Rickie still feels like one of the young guys on tour. Rickie has won more tournaments—and moved on to wearing more Rolex Daytona models—since then. He is still one of the great guys on tour, and we all root for him every week he plays. I can’t wait for the day he holds up a major trophy and we see what is on his wrist!

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