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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: Dustin Johnson’s Hublot Big Bang Ceramic Blue

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Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship, fighting off a hard-charging Kevin Streelman on Sunday. It was DJ’s 21st win on tour and after the win, he put on the Champion’s blazer, held the trophy high in the air, and had on his wrist what looked to be a Hublot Big Bang 44 in Ceramic Blue.

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Watch: Hublot Big Bang 44 Ceramic Blue
Reference: 301.CI.7170.LR
Limited: No
Date: Current
Case: Black Ceramic
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Blue
Size: 44mm
Movement: HUB4100, 25 Jewels
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Glass: Anti-reflective Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Rubber and Alligator Leather
Price: $16,100

Lens Position: 3175

If you are not big into watches you probably don’t hear the name Hublot a whole lot (and you are probably not reading this article). But Hublot is a Swiss luxury watchmaker that was started in 1976 by Carlo Crocco. Hublot, pronounced “oo-blow”, means porthole in French and many styles have a look influenced by that part of a ship. The Big Bang line was launched in 2005 at Baselworld as an attempt to resurrect the Hublot brand. Since then the Big Bang line of watches has been one of the most well known and highly sought after watches in the world.

Dustin Johnson has been a Hublot athlete since 2017, joining as the brand launched the Big Bang UNICO Golf watch. DJ’s Big Bang is the larger 44mm version, but they are available in smaller 41 and 38-millimeter sizes. Black Ceramic makes up the case and it is almost scratch-proof with only diamond being harder. Hublot ceramic is also lightweight and very durable, thanks to its base of zirconium that is sintered at high temperatures. The ceramic is then micro-blasted for a satin look and softer touch. Dark navy blue accents pieces are used on the side of the case and to separate the case from the bezel. A matching black ceramic bezel sits atop the case and is attached using 6 H-shaped titanium screws that have come to be synonymous with Hublot.

The outside of the bezel is knurled for a unique look but doesn’t aid in traction since the bezel does not rotate. A dark blue dial sits under a sapphire crystal that has had an anti-reflective treatment applied. The navy dial is finished in a sunray style that reflects light for a more luxurious look. This Big Bang also contains 3 sub-dials in matching navy blue at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock while a date window sits at 4:30. Brushed silver hands and hour markers are filled with luminescent material for easy reading in low light.

The back of the case is Black Ceramic and contains a display back for viewing the HUB4100 movement. Six traditional screws hold the back in place and help seal the watch, giving it a 100-meter water resistance rating. The 4100 is a self-winding automatic that contains 25 jewels and offers 42 hours of power reserve. The HUB4100 is a chronograph movement with an ETA Caliber 7753 base. The rubber and alligator skin strap is attached with 2 titanium H-screws on each side and comes together with a stainless steel deployment buckle clasp.

I reached out to Hublot and that is the reference they confirmed Dustin was wearing after his win at the Travelers. I think there is a mistake and he is wearing a different model, but have not been able to find it. Dustin’s watch to me clearly has silver sub-dials, a white date window background, and what could be a textured dial. Hublot thinks those differences are just light reflection, but every angle of the watch I saw looked different than the Big Bang Ceramic Blue. Here are the photos of the watch, let me know what you think.

Congrats to Dustin on his 21st win on the PGA Tour! There aren’t too many players who will ever get to that number, and it puts him in a special place. Wearing a Hublot Big Bang also puts you in a special place, since they are not something you see every day.

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WOTW: Webb Simpson’s Rolex Yacht-Master II

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Webb Simpson’s watch at the RBC Heritage was a Rolex Yacht-Master II in stainless steel. Simpson held off Abraham Ancer and last week’s champion, Daniel Berger (Also wearing a Yacht-Master!), to win at Harbour Town. Webb received the red tartan jacket for winning and peeking out from the sleeve was a white dial, with blue bezel, stainless steel Yacht-Master II.

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Watch: Rolex Yacht-Master II
Reference: 116680-0002
Year: 2017 – Current
Limited: No
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: White
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 4161
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $18,700

The Rolex Yacht-Master II was first introduced in 2007 and features the first countdown timer that the wearer could program. That countdown timer also contains a mechanical memory and was designed for professional sailors racing sailing yachts. What sets the Yacht-Master II apart from everything else in the Rolex lineup is the Ring Command bezel that works with the mechanical movement to set the countdown timer between 1 and 10 minutes.

The Ring Command bezel is crafted from 904L Oystersteel and contains a Cerachrom ceramic in bright blue with engraved numerals. Cerachrom ceramic is very scratch-resistant and will not fade over time with exposure to UV rays and saltwater. The Yacht-Master II is a larger watch, measuring 44mm across, and is made from corrosion-resistant 904L Oystersteel. The screw-down caseback helps give the watch a 100-meter water resistance rating as well as the screw-down crown with Triplock.

The white dial is accented in blue and has hour markers finished in white gold and filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material for a long-lasting glow. The hour hand has a round disc on it, making it much easier to distinguish and tell time in low light. Covering that dial is an almost scratchproof sapphire crystal. Inside the Yach-Master II is a Rolex designed and built self-winding automatic movement. The movement not only tells accurate time but also handles the countdown timer and mechanical memory.

Containing 360 components, this engineering marvel took Rolex over 35,000 hours to develop and contain parts made by UV-LiGA micro-manufacturing. The Oyster bracelet on the Yacht-Master II is made from the same 904L Oystersteel. The 3 piece Oyster bracelet contains polished inner and brushed outer lugs to give it the classic 2-tone look. A folding Oysterlock safety clasp holds the watch on the wrist and the Easylink extension adds added comfort.

Webb has been on WOTW before, wearing a Rolex Daytona, and it is great to see him back. Winning a PGA Tour event has to be one of the best Father’s Day gifts anyone could get, but a Yacht-Master II would be a close second.

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WOTW: Daniel Berger’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Everose Gold

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Daniel Berger won the first PGA Tour event after a long hiatus, the Charles Schwab Challenge. It took one hole in a playoff against Collin Morikawa to pull out the win.

Daniel put on the winning red plaid jacket and on his wrist looked to be a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Everose gold with a black Oysterflex rubber strap.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: 126655-0002
Year: 2019
Limited: No
Case: Everose Gold
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oysterflex rubber strap
Price: $27,300


The Yacht-Master is Rolex’s sport watch that is more luxurious than the “tool watch” Submariner and Sea-Dweller. Its design is still inspired by the sea and boating, but Rolex tends to include precious metals more frequently. The first Yacht-Master prototypes were created in the ’60s but a retail version didn’t hit stores until 1992. Those first Yacht-Masters were crafted in 18ct yellow gold and sported the chunkier bezel with large 60-minute markers. The current Yacht-Master line-up is larger consisting of 37, 40, and 42-millimeter sizes, many different precious metals, and even a Yacht-Master II that includes timing features for sailing.

Berger’s Yacht-Master 40 was updated in 2019 to include the Rolex 3135 movement and a new clasp with Glidelock. Without looking at the clasp or opening up the watch, there is only one small way to tell the difference from the 2018 version and that is a small Rolex crown between the “Swiss Made” text at the 6 o’clock position on the face.

Berger’s Yacht-Master 40 is crafted from Rolex’s own 18ct Everose gold. Their rose gold has been engineered and created in their own foundry to be corrosion resistant and to hold its color for generations. Everose gold is used through the entire 40mm case as well as the screw-down case back. At 3 o’clock, the case has protruding crown protection and the Everose gold crown is Triplock sealed to give the Yacht-Master 40 a 100-meter water resistance rating.

The iconic Yacht-Master bezel is made of Everose gold and contains a black Cerachrom ceramic insert. Cerachrom is ultra scratch-resistant, lightweight, and will resist fading from UV rays. The bezel is uni-directional and contains raised polished numerals and graduations. The matte black dial and Chromalight luminescent hour markers make reading the Yacht-Master 40 easy, even at night. Those hour markers and watch hands are all crafted from the same 18ct Everose gold and polished for years of shine and luster.

A sapphire crystal protects the dial and has a magnifying cyclops lens over the date at 3 o’clock. Inside the Yacht-Master 40 is Rolex’s own 3235 self-winding automatic movement with an impressive 70 hours of power reserve. The 3235 has 31 jewels and Rolex’s own Parachrom hairspring for more efficiency. The Paraflex shock absorbers help reduce the effects of shocks and vibration on the movement.

The Oysterflex rubber strap is connected to the case with a titanium and nickel blade that is molded into the rubber. Much of the rubber strap has metal “blades” inside it to increase durability as well as comfort. The Oysterflex band is had a cushioning system that helps the watch comfortably stay in place on your wrist. Rolex’s own Oysterclasp is made from Everose gold and contains the new Glidelock system to allow size adjustments without tools. The Glidelock allows 15mm of total adjustment in increments of 2.5mm.

It is great to see the PGA Tour back in action and finishing in a playoff couldn’t have been scripted better. Daniel Berger is a great young player who actually can pull off the red plaid jacket…or maybe it was the Rolex Yacht-Master 40.

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