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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

Bare wrist

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

Bare Wrist

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

Bare wrist

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: 231.92.43.22.04.001

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: 231.10.43.22.03.001

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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  1. EH

    Sep 4, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    The Rolex 116500 wasn’t released until 2016

    • Brian Knudson

      Sep 5, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      100% right on that, thanks for noticing my mistake. I don’t know how I missed the polished bezel from the 116520-0016. I have corrected the article.

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WOTW Time Machine: Anthony Kim’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Montauk Highway”

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What do a California born PGA Tour pro and a highway in New York state have in common? A watch. A special, limited edition, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway where only 300 were made. Kim wore this limited AP Offshore after his last PGA Tour win, the 2010 Shell Houston Open.

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Montauk Highway”
Reference: 26187ST.OO.D801CR.01
Year: 2010
Limited: Yes, 300 Pieces
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Cream “Clous de Paris” Grand Tapisserie
Size: 42mm
Movement: Calibre 2326 / 2840 – 50 Jewels
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: White Rubber Strap
Price: ~$21,000 ($20,500 Retail)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore with brown Hornback strap

We have featured some limited edition AP Royal Oaks on WOTW before, but this one might have been the luckiest to track down! I tried doing an Anthony Kim “What’s On The Wrist” a little while ago, but finding this watch was elusive. I kind of gave up searching until I saw a post on Instagram from @wristaficionado that contained a Royal Oak Offshore with cream and light blue dial.

From there, I was able to find some details on this rare watch that was only sold in the New York area. The Royal Oak Offshore collection was created in 1993 as a sportier and more rugged version of the popular Royal Oak line. Kim’s Offshore is named after a 95-mile highway that runs along the southern shore of Long Island. The Montauk Offshore was only sold in four locations in New York, London, Jewelers in the Hamptons, and the Audemars Piguet boutiques.

Picture: DaosB@PuristSPro.com

Kim’s 1 of 300 Offshore is crafted out of stainless steel the case is 42mm in size. The case features a hefty crown and pusher protection as well as a solid steel case back that is held down with eight large screws. That case back is also the only place where you will find that special Montauk Highway Limited Edition badging. The Montauk was made with two different straps and that is what made it so hard to find. The brown Hornback leather strap with light blue stitching was how the watch was advertised and photographed almost everywhere. Kim was wearing what seems to be the more rare version with a thick white rubber strap.

The strap has a beautiful deployment clasp with twin chrome AP logos that fold together when closed. I was always on the search for the white rubber version and couldn’t find it. On the sides of the case are some black rubber details that break up the watch in a great way. The pushers and crown are steel, covered in textured black rubber. The iconic Royal Oak stainless steel bezel also has a thick visible rubber gasket that separates it from the case and helps give the watch a 100-meter water resistance rating. The bezel is a legendary design feature and contains eight Audemars Piguet hex screws to hold it in place.

The dial is what really sets this Royal Oak Offshore apart from the rest of the line. The dial is finished in cream, or “Clous de Paris” color over AP’s Grand Tapisserie texture. The chronograph sub-dials are finished in a chocolate brown that plays perfectly with the light blue hands in them. The light blue inner bezel, hour numerals, and hands are subtly contrasted with yellow gold if you ever get to look at one closely. The inner light blue bezel actually rotates under the glare-proofed sapphire crystal to help with sailing. That crystal also has a magnifying cyclops lens over the date that is located at 3 o’clock. Inside the Montauk is a self-winding automatic movement made in-house by Audemars Piguet. The Calibre 2326 is a 50 jewel movement that contains a 22-carat solid gold rotor and gives the wearer 38 hours of power reserve.

Anthony Kim was such a great player for an unfortunately short period of time. Injuries shorted us of what could have been a great career with many celebrated wins. I also have to believe that along with his flashy belt buckles, he would have had some great watches to go with those trophies.

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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.

WOTW Specs

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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