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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: Adam Scott’s Rolex GMT-Master II “Root Beer”

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Adam Scott was wearing what looked to be a Rolex GMT-Master II watch in stainless steel and rose gold on Sunday. Riviera played tough for the final group at the Genesis Invitational yesterday, but Adam Scott shot one-under for the day to win by two strokes. It was Scott’s first win since 2016, and he was excited to hold that silver trophy while wearing his “Root Beer” Rolex GMT-Master II (ref 126711chnr-0002) in steel and rose gold.

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Watch: Rolex GMT-Master II “Root Beer”
Reference: 126711chnr-0002
Case: 904L Oystersteel and Everose Gold
Bezel: Bi-Color Cerachrom Ceramic Everose Gold
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3285, 31 Jewels
Power reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Everose Rolesor
Price: $14,800

Rolex is the biggest name in watches, and currently, there is a waiting list for most of their popular models. In the 1950s, Rolex created the GMT-Master for pilots who were looking to track multiple time zones. The GMT-Master was durable, precise, and had a versatile appearance that has made it such a popular timepiece. Rolex is so obsessed with the quality of its timepieces that they created their own alloys in their own foundries to make sure these metals are up to spec. This watch contains a few of those metals: Oystersteel, Everose Gold, and Everose Rolesor. Osytersteel is a 904L stainless steel that has been formulated to eliminate corrosion as well as hold a fantastic polish. Everose Gold is an 18ct gold alloy that again is made to hold its color through the harsh conditions of everyday wear. Everose Rolesor is the use of both Oystersteel and Everose Gold in harmony with each other.

Adam Scott’s GMT-Master II was introduced in 2018 and gets its “Root Beer” nickname from the brown and black ceramic bezel. That bezel is crafted from 18 ct Everose gold and is bidirectional for use with the GMT function. You can turn the dial to set the additional time zone and is read with the engraved 24-hour numerals. Inside the bezel is a black dial that is surrounded by Everose hour markers with matching Everose hands that will resist tarnishing. Those hour markers are filled with Chromalight for a blue luminescence that will last hours making reading them in low light a simple task.

All that is covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a cyclops magnifying lens over the date at 3 o’clock. The 40mm Oyster case is made from Everose Rolesor and contains a monobloc middle case, a screw-down case back, and a triple lock screw-down crown for a water resistance rating of 100m. The GMT Master-II contains Rolex’s COSC Certified 3285 self-winding automatic movement. The 3285 features 31 jewels, 70 hours of power reserve, and Rolex’s patented Chronergy escapement for better efficiency. The movement is made from mostly nickel-phosphorus so that magnetic fields have little effect on the precision of the timekeeping. The Oyster bracelet on the “Root Beer” GMT is crafted from Everose Rolesor and has a two-tone finish with Everose gold center links. The folding Oyster lock clasp carries the matching two-tone finish and Rolex’s Easylink adjustment.

Adam has been a long-time Rolex ambassador and tends to wear quite a few different models. This “Root Beer” GMT is undoubtedly my favorite of his collection. The two-tone bezel goes perfect with the rose gold and gives the GMT a subtle flashiness that isn’t easy to pull off. Congratulations to Adam on his win, it was great to see him celebrate with a (root) beer!

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WOTW: Webb Simpson’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Black Ceramic

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Webb Simpson was wearing what looked like a Rolex Daytona Black Ceramic watch after his win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Webb birdied the last two holes of regulation to tie Tony Finau and force a playoff. On the first playoff hole, Webb made birdie and hoisted the crystal trophy high in the air wearing one of the hottest and most sought-after watches on the planet: the Rolex Daytona.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Black Ceramic
Reference: 116500ln-0002
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic / Stainless Steel
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $13,150 (Market value: $20,000+)

The Rolex Daytona was introduced the first “Daytona” 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. The 6239 Daytona was famously worn by Paul Newman, a celebrity and racer, for so long that they are now referred to as “Paul Newman” Daytonas. Those Paul Newman Daytonas now trade for over $100,000 depending on condition and other factors. Currently, there is a waiting list of a few years to get your hands on a Rolex Daytona at retail. To buy one right now, you will have to pay about $7,000-plus above the $13,150 retail price.

The current Rolex Daytona (ref: 116500ln-0002) debuted in 2016 and has taken on the nickname of “Ceramic” because of the proprietary Cerachrom Ceramic bezel. This is a tribute to the 1965 Daytona that also had a black bezel but made from much less scratch-resistant Plexiglass. The Daytona’s 40mm case is made from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel that is much more corrosion resistant than standard stainless steel. Oystersteel was created by Rolex to make sure that it would maintain its luxurious look in even the harshest environments.

On the side of the case are three pushers for working the chronograph that screw down when not in use. This screw down system for the pushers helps give the Daytona its 100-meter waterproof rating. At the heart of the Daytona is Rolex’s own 4130 movement. This self-winding mechanical chronograph movement was developed, and built, in house by Rolex. It contains 44 jewels, a substantial 72 hours of power reserve, and features a Parachrom hairspring for resistance to shocks and temperature changes. Like all Rolex movements, it is certified by the COSC to ensure its extreme accuracy.

The black dial has sub-dials that are silver and black for easy reading while driving. On the outside of the dial are polished hour makers filled with a long-lasting Chromolight luminescent material that can also be found in the hour and minute hands. Covering and protecting the dial is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The Oyster bracelet is made from the same 904L Oystersteel as the case. The steel bracelet is 2-tone with the center links being polished to a mirror-like finish and outlined by finely brushed links. A folding Oysterlock clasp locks the bracelet to your wrist while Rolex’s Easylink extension allows for 5mm of adjustment without the use of tools.

Rolex 4130 Self-Winding Automatic Movement

I always enjoy seeing a tournament go to a playoff, and congrats to Webb not only winning the Waste Management but also getting his hands on a very coveted watch! I am willing to bet he didn’t have to put his name on the waiting list very long to get his Black Ceramic Daytona!

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WOTW: Brian Knudson’s Seiko Orange Monster Dive watch

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Some weeks, I think players are out to sabotage me and this column by not wearing watches! This week the winners on the PGA and European Tour decided to go without a timepiece, so I had to go with a lesser-known watch wearer…me! I am also going to write this in the third person (deal with it). So, here is GolfWRX staff member Brian Knudson’s Gen 1 Seiko Orange Monster (ref: SKX781).

WOTW Specs

Watch: Seiko Monster Diver
Reference: SKX781
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Orange
Size: 43mm
Movement: 7S26-0350, 21 Jewels
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Glass: Hardlex Glass
Water Resistance: 200 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Price: $300

Seiko was started way back in 1881 by a young man named Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo. He repaired and sold clocks and watches until 1892 when he opened his factory making his own clocks. Three years later he created his first pocket watch and in 1913 built his first wristwatches, under the Laurel name. This was also the first wristwatch made in Japan and before it, there were very few wristwatches imported to the country.

Seiko made its first dive watch in 1965 and in 2000 released a new dive watch that was nicknamed “Monster” on forums and websites. The Monster was available with either a black or orange dial, with the orange becoming one of the most recognizable dive watches on the planet. The Orange Monster is a great value tool watch that can stand up to just about anything you can throw at it. These aren’t rare watches and Seiko made this model for well over a decade, so you can still get them at a fair price on the secondary market.

Monsters are somewhat large at 43mm but not too overwhelming on even the average-sized wrist. The 43mm case is made from stainless steel and really only contributes to about half of the bulky 14mm watch height. The case has a groove pattern that matches the large toothy bezel as well as bezel protection from 3:30 to 7:30 and 10:30 to 1:30. The ratcheting bezel is also made from a matching stainless steel but finished in a glare-reducing brushed finish. The large groves, or teeth, make using the bezel easy to do underwater while wearing gloves.

The Orange Monster has a crown that is down at the 4 o’clock position, instead of traditionally being at 3, and is protected by steel extensions of the case sometimes called shoulders. Add in a stainless steel screw-down case back and all this armor give the Monsters a significant water resistance rating of 200m. Inside the steel case is a Seiko 7S26 self-winding automatic movement containing 21 jewels and has about a 40-hour power reserve. This workhorse movement is very durable and has decent accuracy for this price range.

The orange dial is of course what gives this watch its name and it is surrounded by blocks of luminescent material that mark the hours. The block markers are one of the main design features of the 1st generation Monsters and the next version had a pointed design that looked like a shark tooth. The hands are finished in black and filled with a hefty amount of the same luminescent material. The SKX781 also includes not just the date at 3 o’clock but also the day. Covering the dial is glass that Seiko has called Hardlex and is very scratch resistant.

Orange Monsters come with either a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet. This Monster started out life with the ribbed rubber strap with the Seiko diver logo on it, but after going through a couple of those, it was switched out for the stainless bracelet. The solid link bracelet features a 2-button folding clasp with a safety lock and an extension for use with a wetsuit.

I know this isn’t the celebrity watch sighting that you were hoping for this week, but maybe it is the watch sighting you need? This will also probably be the cheapest timepiece we ever feature on WOTW. Maybe one day Knudson will save a couple of nickels and upgrade, but until then the Orange Monster will be the star of his videos.

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