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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: 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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WOTW: Sebastian Munoz’ Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL

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Watch: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL >15,000 Gauss
Reference: 231.12.42.21.01.001
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel, fixed
Size: 41.5mm
Movement: Caliber 8508, 39 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60hrs
Glass: Domed Sapphire Crystal
Strap: Brown Calf Skin Leather
Water Resistance: 150m
Price: $6,500

Sebastian Munoz was wearing what looked like an interesting Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL >15,000 Gauss (ref: 231.12.42.21.01.001) after his first PGA Tour win at the Sanderson Farms Championship. And if that bronze rooster trophy Munoz held high produced a magnetic field, his Seamaster would be impervious to them!

Omega 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.

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. Munoz’s Seamaster is water-resistant and shock resistant, like all Seamaster Aqua Terra, but also protects against an additional force: magnetic fields.

A magnetic field can alter how fast or slow an automatic movement tells time, making a watch fairly useless. Magnetism isn’t a new watch problem either, the 1957 Omega Railmaster was made for railway workers to keep the trains running on time. Railroad workers, doctors, and even engineers work in industries where these magnetic fields are a real concern but even everyday devices produce magnetic fields. The typical solution is to surround the movement from the magnetic field through a shielding material in the watch case.

Omega went a different route with the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL >15,000 Gauss, instead making the entire movement out of non-ferrous material. This design is what gives the watch the ability to withstand magnetic fields over 15,000 gauss. Magnetic fields around 15,000 gauss are not something you will run into during your normal day on the course, a typical refrigerator magnet is about 50 gauss.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL >15,000 Gauss is an easy-to-wear 41.5mm size and the case is made from stainless steel. Inside that case is an anti-magnetic Caliber 8508 self-winding automatic movement with Co-Axial escapement to reduce friction and enhance the accuracy. The 8508 is a free sprung-balance, 2 barrel movement offering 6hrs of power reserve. The back of the case shows off the 8508 movement with Geneva Wave design on the rotor and its “>15,000 Gauss” inscription in red. A domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the front and back covers a lacquered black dial with yellow accents. The second hand is finished in a yellow and black striped pattern, passing above the small date window at 3 o’clock every sixty seconds. Munoz’s reference is finished off with a brown calfskin leather strap with white contrast stitching.

Congratulations again to Sebastian on his first PGA Tour win, I bet he is still smiling today! His Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO?AXIAL >15,000 Gauss is a great timepiece that would keep any of us smiling as well!

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