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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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  1. jeff

    Oct 9, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    OOOOH…. vented rubber.

    What’s the Soup Du Jour?
    Soup of the Day.
    Sounds delicious.

  2. John

    Oct 8, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Ugliest watch I’ve ever seen. Still, a bargain at only £135,000 so maybe I’ll get myself a couple.

    • Brian Knudson

      Oct 8, 2019 at 6:42 am

      If you can get your hands on a couple for £135,000, then grab them! You could then resell for about £10k profit each!

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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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WOTW: Joaquin Niemann’s Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman”

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Watch: Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman”
Reference: 116710BLNR-0002
Date Made: 2013-2018
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Bi-Color Cerachrom Ceramic Stainless Steel
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3186, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$14,000

Joaquin Niemann was wearing a Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (ref: 116710BLNR-0002) in stainless steel after winning The Greenbrier. Joaquin went wild at the first tournament of the PGA season, firing a phenomenal 21-under to win by 6! Under the sleeve of that dark green jacket, matching the blue glass trophy, was the “Batman.” The Rolex GMT-Master II in black and blue earned that nickname from the bi-color ceramic bezel that is the colors of the famous superhero. Joaquin was wearing what looked like the previous version of the GMTMaster II that was made from 2013-2018 and now trade for around $14,000, about $6,000 more than the original 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 has made it such a popular timepiece. The GMT-Master II that Niemann had on looked to be the previous version that was released in 2013 and made until last year. This was the first watch with a bi-color ceramic bezel that Rolex previously said was impossible to make. The two-tone bezel was originally created for pilots to distinguish day and night hours easily.

This black and blue combination was the first bi-color ceramic bezel GMT-Master II, followed in 2014 by the “Pepsi” version with a blue and red bezel. Inside the 40mm 904L Oystersteel case is the Rolex 3186 self-winding movement with 50 hours of power reserve. The 3186, like all Rolex movements, is a certified Swiss chronometer proving how precise and accurate it is. The 3186 movement also includes Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring for resistance to shock and temperature variation.

That signature bi-color ceramic bezel is bidirectional, meaning you can rotate it either clockwise or counterclockwise to monitor an additional time zone. The Oyster bracelet is made from 904L Oystersteel and was created by Rolex to ensure durability and corrosion resistance while also providing an outstanding polish. There is a sapphire crystal covering the black dial that includes a cyclops magnifying lens over the date at 3 o’clock.

Currently, the Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (ref: 116710BLNR-0002) is a very coveted piece and will require you to shell out about $15,000 for one! Even the new 2019 GMT-Master II “Batman,” with the Jubilee bracelet and 70 hours power reserve, will command a price well above retail. We all love seeing the superhero win at the end and Joaquin Niemann was that hero on Sunday.

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