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WOTW: Tiger Woods’ Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue

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Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Deepsea
Reference: 126660-0002
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 44mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal (5.5mm Thick)
Waterproof: 3,900 Meters (12,800ft)
Helium Escape Valve
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $12,550

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Tiger Woods was wearing what looks to be a Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue (ref: 126660-0002) on his wrist after winning his 82nd event, the ZOZO Championship! Finally, we get to feature Tiger Woods on WOTW. It feels like it took forever, but after a rain-soaked ZOZO Championship Tiger gets his legendary win, and we get to look at the Rolex he had on his wrist.

After nine years with Tag Heuer, Tiger Woods joined the Rolex team in 2011. Recently, Tiger has found his favorite Rolex, the Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue, that fits in with his passion for diving when not on the golf course.

Rolex has been the biggest name in watches since it was created in 1908 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England. After World War I, they moved their headquarters to Geneva, Switzerland, in order to avoid taxation from post-war Britain.

Rolex created the first water and dustproof watch in 1926, protecting the watch movement from any damage. The Rolex Sea-Dweller debuted in 1960 as the more rugged and capable dive watch compared to the Submariner. Where the Submariner can dive to 300 meters, the standard Sea-Dweller goes to 1,220 meters, and the Sea-Dweller Deepsea will survive the wild depth of 3,900 meters! The Sea-Dweller Deepsea was introduced in 2008 and its water-resistance rating of 3,900 meters is more than 100 times deeper than any human could survive.

The incredible capability of the Sea-Dweller Deepsea is provided by the larger 904L Oystersteel case, thicker sapphire crystal, patented Ringlock System, titanium and steel caseback, and a helium escape valve. Rolex beefed up the Sea-Dweller’s Oystersteel case for the Deepsea, creating a pretty large 44mm wide and 17.7mm tall finished watch. Oystersteel is Rolex’s patented stainless steel alloy that has superior corrosion resistance and durability needed for deep saltwater diving.

You can see the patented Rolex Ringlock System around the dial, made of a nitrogen-alloyed steel ring, keeping the movement safe from the extreme water pressure at 3,900 meters. The back of the case is reinforced with a titanium disc and a steel tightening ring to ensure a tight seal, even if the water pressure would cause the case back to deform. On the side of the case there is a small “button”, Rolex’s Helium Escape Valve, that is also on the standard Sea-Dweller models. This Helium Escape Valve allows gasses inside the watch to be expelled, instead of popping the crystal off, when under tremendous pressure.

Inside this elaborate, armored case is Rolex’s self-winding 3235 automatic movement. The 3235 is a 31 jewel movement that is COSC certified and offers 70 hours of power reserve. Rolex actually demands that the 3235 be twice as precise as the COSC requires, ensuring exact time keeping.

Tiger’s Deepsea shows off the D-Blue dial that fades from blue to black, commemorating James Cameron’s historic solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The D-Blue dial also has large Chromalight luminescence markers that glow a bright blue for easy reading underwater. Covering that gradient dial is a stronger and thicker, 5.5.mm, sapphire crystal without a magnifying Cyclops Lens over the date.

The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea is the only current Rolex model with a date and no Cyclops Lens. Currently Rolex hasen’t found a way to create the lens on the thicker crystal that can withstand the pressures at 3,900 meters. Surrounding the crystal is an extremely scratch resistant Cerachrom ceramic and steel bezel with numerals coated in platinum. To secure this underwater engineering marvel to your wrist is an updated 22mm wide Oystersteel bracelet with Rolex’s Glidelock extension system to fit over a wetsuit.

Rolex will not confirm the exact model of Tiger’s Deepsea, so I am going to go with the latest version—the older, 2014 through 2018, version (ref: 116660-0003) had 20 milimeter end links for the smaller, older Oyster bracelet and Rolex’s 3135 movement with 48 hours of power reserve.

Congratulations to Tiger Woods on career victory 82. It has to feel special! Go ahead and take some time off to scuba dive with that Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue and get rested up for the Masters!

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I have been an employee at GolfWRX since 2016. In that time I have been helping create content on GolfWRX Radio, GolfWRX YouTube, as well as writing for the front page. Self-proclaimed gear junkie who loves all sorts of golf equipment as well as building golf clubs!

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  1. Blown

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Did anyone figure out if Tigre won a Dyson Bladeless Fan for a “trophy”?

    • JP

      Nov 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      Haha. Sure looks a lot like one.
      .
      What do you suppose he does with all his trophies that are non-majors? Gives them away to friends? Gives them to sponsors to have at their HQ lobbies? Does Monster energy or Buick just have a showcase full of Tigers old trophies?

  2. Ronald Reagan

    Oct 29, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Will it help my late pull off the tee?

    • jgpl001

      Oct 29, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Definitely – A Rolex always helps every problem

  3. Michael J Dixon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    It’s a Roley I like it looks like a Subby so it’s cool.

  4. JP

    Oct 28, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    It’s nice as it’s understated. But seriously, he probably has 25+ beautiful timepieces in his safe, some purchased, some gifted by sponsors or friends/family. I bet the one in this article is very run of the mill for him. He can have any watch in the world. Likely for free too!

    • Knudson

      Oct 28, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      I bet he has a collection of nice timepieces but in all his recent photos he is wearing the Deepsea D-Blue. Just wish Rolex would confirm the reference number for us!

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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.

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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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