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WOTW: Rory McIlroy’s Omega Speedmaster ’57 CO-AXIAL Chronograph Rory McIlroy Special Edition

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Watch: Omega Speedmaster ’57 CO-AXIAL Chronograph Rory McIlroy Special Edition
Reference: 331.50.42.51.08.001
Case: 18k Gold
Bezel: 18k Gold
Size: 41.5 mm
Movement: Caliber 9301, 54 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 hrs
Glass: Sapphire Crystal with A/R
Bracelet: 18k Gold, 20 mm
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Price: $33,000

Rory McIlroy was seen wearing a Omega Speedmaster ’57 CO-AXIAL Chronograph “Rory McIlroy” Special Edition (ref: 331.50.42.51.08.001) after winning the HSBC Championship. It took extra an extra hole to beat out Xander Schauffele in Shanghai for Rory, but the guy just keeps on winning. And lucky for us, he keeps pulling out a new timepiece to hoist these trophies!

Omega was 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. Rory has been on Omega’s team since 2013, and on WOTW before, with a vintage Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 20th Anniversary from 1989 and a Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL GMT. The Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957 and gained its legendary status from being worn by Ed White during the first US spacewalk in 1965. The Speedmaster was also with Buzz Aldrin when he walked on the moon in 1969, giving it the “Moonwatch” nickname. Rory’s Speedmaster pays tribute to the golfer and his course record 61, at age 16, at Royal Portrush.

This 18k gold Speedmaster also takes some styling inspiration from the sole of his special edition shoes he wore at The Players this year. Those Nike Are Zoom Victory Tour shoes had a bright gold sole with black spikes that look very similar to the PVD sun-brushed gold dial and black detail in the subdials. The gold dial also includes the date at 6 o’clock as well as surrounded by a black outerzone that includes a minute track. Covering the beautiful gold dial is a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The matching 18k gold bezel offers a brushed finish and traditional tachymeter scale. The 18k gold case on Rory’s Speedmaster is 41.5mm and offers a huge display back, showing off the CO-AXIAL Calibre 9301 movement.

The self-winding 9301 includes Omega’s Si14 Silicon balance-spring that eliminates any magnetic influence and helps reduce shock. The 2 barrels are mounted in series giving this Speedmaster a 60hr power reserve. Finally, the 9301 is certified by COSC and METAS ensuring that the Speedmaster keeps precise time despite temperature, magnetic fields, and anything else you can throw at it. This tribute to Rory is held onto your wrist by an 18k gold bracelet that is 20mm wide and has a deployment clasp closure. We don’t have specific details yet, but this is looking to be a limited edition with a speculation of only 61 units made. Nothing has been confirmed that we can find yet.

Rory is one of the best players on the planet and right now—he said the game is easy for him! We can tell you that golf isn’t easy for any of us—and it is looking like it won’t be easy to get your hands on one of these Omega Speedmaster ’57 CO-AXIAL Chronograph Rory McIlroy Special Edition watches! Congrats again to Rory, and we can’t wait to feature him on WOTW again in the near future!

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WOTW: Tyrell Hatton’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Black Ceramic

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Black Ceramic
Reference: 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02
Case: Black Ceramic
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Black Grand Tapisserie
Size: 44 mm
Movement: Calibre 3126 / 3840 – 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Rubber Strap
Price: $32,100

Tyrrell Hatton was wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Black Ceramic after he won the Turkish Open. It is not every day you see a six-man playoff in a professional golf event, but Hatton held off the other five to win! After firing four rounds in the 60s, Tyrrell hoisted that gold trophy with an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph in Black Ceramic (ref: 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02) on his wrist.

Audemars Piguet is a very high-end Swiss watch maker that sponsors many golfers across the world. Audemars Piguet was started by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in 1875 to create complex and precise time pieces. Today, Audemars Piguet keeps that tradition with its full line of classic and cutting-edge designs. The Royal Oak Offshore was introduced in 1993 and quickly earned the nickname “The Beast” for its large (at the time) proportions. The Offshore is the larger, more rugged version of the iconic Royal Oak line that has been around since 1972. Hatton’s Royal Oak Offshore has a brushed black ceramic case made of zirconium oxide, stabilized with yttrium oxide.

This larger 44 mm ceramic case is virtually scratch-proof, fade-resistant, resilient to high temperatures, and extremely durable. The black ceramic took Audemars Piquet over 600 hours of research to develop, and compared to a stainless steel case, takes five times longer to hand-finish! The octagon bezel, held down with hex screws, is legendary Audemars Piguet styling and done in matching brushed black ceramic.

Under the glare-proof sapphire crystal is a black dial finished in a classic Méga Tapisserie pattern. The dial has a date window at 3 o’clock and is accented with pink gold hour markers and Royal Oak hands, finished with luminescent coating. The pushpieces at 2 and 4 o’clock are done in black ceramic and encased by titanium pushpiece guards.

The titanium caseback on this Royal Oak Offshore is a displayback, covered by another glare-proofed sapphire crystal, showing off the Calibre 3126 / 3840 automatic movement inside. The 3126 / 3840 is a 59 jewel, self-winding, automatic movement with 50hrs of power reserve. The main rotor, a monobloc of 22ct gold, rotates on ceramic bearings for silky smooth rotation and extreme wear resistance. This Royal Oak Offshore is finished off with a black rubber strap, connected to the case with titanium links and matching titanium pin buckle.

It was exciting to see Tyrrell Hatton come through and win the Turkish Airlines Open in such a rare playoff. Almost as exciting as seeing such a unique, but subtle, timepiece on his wrist! I hope we see more victories from the Englishman in the near future and maybe with a different AP on his wrist!

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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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WOTW: Justin Thomas’ Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel Smooth White (and Whoop Strap 3.0)

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Watch: Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel Smooth White
Reference: 126300-0005
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: 904L Oystersteel Smooth
Size: 41mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $7,350

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Justin Thomas was wearing what looks to be a Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel Smooth White (ref: 126300-0005) after winning the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. After a week off, thanks to Lanto Griffin going bare wrist after the Houston Open, we are back with Justin Thomas wearing a great timepiece while holding up the CJ Cup trophy! JT has been featured on WOTW previously wearing a Rolex Sea-Dweller, but this week he was sporting something a little slimmer and formal on the wrist.

The Datejust is one of the iconic Rolex designs that has been around since its inception in 1931. The Datejust 41 was introduced in 2016 as a replacement to the short-lived Datejust II. As its name implies the proprietary 904L Oystersteel case is 41mm across and offers extreme corrosion resistance as well as being very durable. That Oystersteel case protects the 31-jewel Rolex 3235 automatic, self-winding, movement with 70 hours of power reserve.

The 3235, like all Rolex movements, is COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) certified to ensure precision timekeeping. Created in-house, the 3235 features Rolex’s Chronergy escapement and Parachrom hairspring for more efficient use of available energy. The 3235 also controls the date function that displays at 3 o’clock on the dial. Dates are not unique, but the 3235 movement changes the date instantly, instead of gradually like other movements, at midnight thanks to a symphony of intermediate gears and a spring mechanism.

A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a cyclops magnifying lens over the date covers the mostly handmade white dial with 18k gold hour markers. These gold markers resist tarnishing, allowing that lustrous shine to last for years to come. The dial looks to be white from all the photos, but there is a chance it could be a silver dial (ref: 126300-0003). The smooth bezel on this reference is made from polished stainless steel, giving it a unique look compared to the traditional fluted bezel option. JT’s Datejust 41 has the popular 2-tone polished Rolex Oyster bracelet, made from matching 904L Oystersteel. The Oyster bracelet combines Rolex’s exclusive Oysterclasp and the Easylink comfort extension link for easy all-day comfort and durability.

On JT’s right wrist was a Whoop Strap 3.0 in Denim Blue that we have also started seeing more on tour. Whoop Strap 3.0 is a fitness tracking device that monitors your heart rate, and other variables, 100 times a second. This level of monitoring allows it to know when you are working out, golfing, sitting, or even sleeping. Whoop is a membership-based fitness and body tracking system that uses the Strap 3.0 to monitor the amount of strain you put on your body during workouts, recovery time, and even sleep patterns to help you get the most out of your fitness plan.

The membership plans also offer you the option of competing against other users using Whoop to stay motivated. The Whoop Strap 3.0’s case is made of what looks like composite or plastic and is waterproof to 20 meters. The side of the case has LED lights to show battery life and a battery life of up to 5 days. The ProKnit straps are designed to be easy to clean, easy to change, and waterproof. You can monitor your analytics in real-time on the phone app and on your desktop computer. Whoop did come up with a great way to recharge the Strap 3.0 when sleeping, you attach a small battery pack to the strap. This battery pack is charged, through a USB cable, and then snapped on to the strap so you don’t have to take it off and lose minutes or hours of data.

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WHOOP Strap 3.0
Battery Life: 5 Days
Case: Plastic w/LEDs
Strap: ProKnit Denim
Monitors: Heart rate, heart rate variability, sleep, strain, recovery, activity
Bluetooth Low Energy Compatible (BLE)
Accelerometer
Price: $180 ($30 per month for a minimum of 6 months)

Justin is a fan favorite and it is always great to see him win. We here at WOTW also love seeing him win because he seems to always have a new timepiece to feature. So here is to hoping we see more JT wins and more Rolexes on his wrists! Congratulations!

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