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WOTW: The watches worn by the U.S. Presidents Cup team

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The 2019 Presidents Cup will go down as one of the most exciting to ever be played. With a very strong showing in the singles matches, the United States pulled out the close 16-14 victory over the International team. When all the dust settled, captain Tiger Woods was holding up the gold Presidents Cup with a huge smile on his face and a Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue in stainless steel on his wrist! Let us break down what the whole team was wearing after their hard-fought victory in Melbourne.

Tiger Woods

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue (Ref: 126660-0002) $12,550

Tiger was, of course, wearing the same Sea-Dweller Deepsea that is always on his wrist. This Sea-Dweller Deepsea is a more capable version of the already rugged Sea-Dweller. The Deepsea is built on a larger, 44 millimeter, 904L Oystersteel case and contains Rolex’s patented RingLock system to survive depths of 3,900 meters! Over 100x deeper than any human could survive! The Deepsea also features Rolex’s Helium Escape Valve to release pressurized gas at extreme depths, protecting the extra-thick sapphire crystal covering the D-Blue dial. The D-Blue dial fades from blue to black, commemorating James Cameron’s historic solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

 

Gary Woodland

Breitling Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44 (Ref: AB0162161C1S1) $7,665

Gary doesn’t always show off his watches after tournaments, but this week he was sporting a Breitling Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44 in stainless steel. Gary seems to like the larger Breitling watches and this 44mm Superocean fits his style. The Superocean is a rugged chronograph that contains Breitling’s Manufacture Caliber 01 movement that is built in-house. The Caliber 01 is a 47 jewel movement that offers an impressive 70 hours of power reserve. The screw-in displayback shows off the movement while also giving the Superocean a 200-meter water resistance rating. Gary chose the matching blue rubber strap for this week, but this watch is also available with a metal mesh bracelet.

 

Dustin Johnson

Hublot BIG BANG Black Magic Chronograph (Ref: 301.CI.1770.RX) $15,700

DJ has been with Hublot (pronounced hue-blo) since 2017 and this week he was sporting a Hublot BIG BANG Black Magic Chronograph. The BIG BANG has been Hublot’s most popular watch line and this 44mm black ceramic is a great looking option. The case and bezel are made from ceramic, zirconium oxide, giving the watch great scratch resistance as well as making it lighter weight. Both pieces are then micro blasted for a nice matte finish. The dial is a Mat Carbon Fiber with Rhodium plated hands and hour markers that are filled with a white luminescent material. Inside the Black Magic is Hublot’s self-winding HUB4100 chronograph movement with 42 hours of power reserve. The watch is then finished off with a black rubber strap with a fine line detail running along it and a black PVD stainless steel deployment buckle clasp. In photos from the event DJ’s watch seemed to have silver sub-dials and a two-tone bezel, but Hublot has confirmed this is the model he was wearing.

Matt Kuchar

Patek Phillippe Nautilus Stainless Steel (Ref: 5726A-001) $40,940

Kuchar made a birdie putt on 17, clinching the win for the US team on Sunday and then put on his Patek Philippe Nautilus in stainless steel to celebrate. Patek Philippe is considered one of the best watchmakers in the world, dedicating so many hours to hand finishing and perfecting their wearable art. The Nautilus is Patek’s sport watch with a more masculine shape and smooth, rounded corners. Inside the Nautilus’ stainless steel case is a self-winding Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H/303, 34 jewel, movement with 45 hours of power reserve. The movement also contains Patek’s adjustable mass Gyromax balance wheel, allowing more precise timekeeping. Patek is known to take more time hand polishing a single, sometimes hidden, part in the movement than other luxury brands dedicate to finishing their whole movement. Considered one of the least important complications in watches, the Moon Phase dial lets you know if it is day or night and at located at 6 o’clock. The matte black, hand-stitched, Aligator skin strap includes its own Nautilus fold-over clasp to keep it locked on Kuchar’s wrist.

Webb Simpson

Rolex Yacht-Master II Blue Stainless Steel (Ref: 116680-0002) $18,750

Webb was seen cheering on his teammates while wearing what looked like a Rolex Yacht-Master II in stainless steel. The Yacht-Master II is a regatta chronograph and a unique piece in the Rolex line. Offering a Ring Command bezel that controls the programmable countdown timer with a mechanical memory, the Yacht-Master is built for professional sailors. The countdown timer can be set for a duration between 1 and 10 minutes and the mechanical memory means that when you reset the timer it goes back to the setting you chose previously. The 44mm Oystersteel case is extremely corrosion resistant and durable, while the Blue Cerachrom ceramic bezel is almost scratch proof. Inside the Yacht-Master II is Rolex’s 4161 self-winding movement that is COSC, Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, testing to make sure it keeps the exact time.

Bryson DeChambeau

Rolex Sky-Dweller Stainless Steel Blue (Ref: 326934-0003) $14,400

It only makes sense that Bryson, the mad scientist of golf, would wear a Rolex with such a unique date and time system built-in. The Rolex Sky-Dweller was built for people who travel the globe and shows a 2nd timezone in a secondary dial above 6 o’clock on the dial. The Sky-Dweller also uses Rolex’s Ring Command, but differently than the Yacht-Master II. The Sky-Dweller uses the Ring Command to set the time for the additional time zone as well as month designation, above the hour markers around the dial. The traditional day window is at 3 o’clock on the dial and a cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal magnifies it for easier reading. Rolex’s calibre 9001 is a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by the brand and is one of the most complex calibres they have ever developed. The 9001 is, like all Rolex movements, a COSC certified Superlative Chronometer that boasts a hefty 72hr power reserve. The Sky-Dweller features Rolex’s Oyster bracelet made from their own Oystersteel and utilizing a concealed attachment system beneath the bezel for a seamless transition from case to band.

 

Patrick Reed

Hublot BIG BANG Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon (Ref: 401.HQ.0121.VR) $17,000

It isn’t too often that you see two Hublot watches at the same event, but Reed was wearing his limited edition BIG BANG Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon all week. Hublot only made 500 of these ceramic and carbon timepieces in 2015 but has been doing collaborations with Ferrari since 2011. The case is made from two pieces of white ceramic, infused with metals, that is extremely wear-resistant and lightweight. The bezel is made from carbon fiber, satin finished, and incorporates 6 “H” style titanium screws to lock it into place. The dial on the BIG BANG is openwork so you can see the UNICO HUB1241 movement running at 28,800 vibrations per hour. That UNICO HUB1241 contains 38 jewels, a 72hr power reserve, and was developed completely in-house by Hublot. Everything is covered by a glare-proof sapphire crystal on both the front and back with the back crystal showing off a tungsten rotor, with anthracite finish, that looks like a Ferrari 5-spoke wheel. Finishing off this collaboration is a strap made of white leather with red contrast stitching and a black rubber backing.

Xander Schauffele

WHOOP Strap 3.0 Black $180

You have probably seen more and more of these on the wrists of PGA players, the Whoop Strap 3.0 is a fitness tracking device that monitors your heart rate, and other variables, 100 times a second. 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 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.

Patrick Cantlay

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Black Dial (Ref: 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02) $24,300

Patrick was the first player on WOTW with his Royal Oak Chronograph. Marking the 20th anniversary of Royal Oak chronographs, Reference 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 is created from stainless steel and features textured black “Grande Tapisserie” dial with white sub-dials. Royal Oak sport watches are defined by their signature hexagon screws placed in an octagon bezel. A stainless steel case protects the heart of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph, the high-end Caliber 2385 movement with date and 40hrs of power reserve. The time is easily read through the glare-proofed sapphire crystal that is almost as scratch resistant as diamond. The stainless steel bracelet is unique to Audemars Piguet with uniform satin finish across the perfectly matched beveled links and an AP logo on the folding clasp.

Tony Finau

Bare wrist…

From the pictures I saw, it could have been a tour issue freckle on the right wrist.

Rickie Fowler

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 White Gold Black Rubber Strap (Ref: 226659-0002) $27,800

New for 2019, the Yacht-Master 42 is a luxury sport edition to the ocean inspired Yacht-Master lineup. The Yacht-Master 42’s case is made from Rolex’s own 18ct white gold that they create in their own forgery. This version of 18ct white gold is extremely durable and resists fading for years of wear in even harsh saltwater conditions. Above the case is the legendary chunky bezel that the Yacht-Master is known for, but finished in black Cherachrom ceramic and then media blasted for a unique matte finish. The 60-minute bezel is unidirectional for use in timing on the water. The black dial is hand made and finished with white gold hour markers that contain Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material for a long-lasting glow. Inside the Yacht-Master 42 is Rolex’s own self-winding calibre 3235 movement that has 70hrs of power reserve. The 3235 also is resistant to magnetic fields and shocks in order to keep precise time required to retain its COSC certification. The new Oysterflex bracelet is extremely durable, containing titanium and nickel alloy blades encased in a high-performance elastomer. This unique bracelet also contains molded-in pads that enhance comfort and keep the watch stable on the wrist, while a matching white gold Oysterlock clasp. The Oysterlock features Rolex’s Glidelock system to allow 15mm of band adjustment without the use of tools.

Justin Thomas

Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel Smooth White (Ref: 126300-0005) $7,350

JT had a great week, playing some great golf with captain Tiger Woods. When he wasn’t hitting golf shots he was hanging out with his teammates wearing the same Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel Smooth White that he wore after winning the CJ Cup earlier in the year. The Datejust 41 was introduced in 2016 as a replacement to the short-lived Datejust II and has a 41mm Oystersteel case. Oystersteel is Rolex’s proprietary stainless steel that offers extreme corrosion resistance and takes a better polish than other steels. Inside that protective case is a 31 jewel Rolex 3235 automatic, self-winding, movement with 70hrs of power reserve. Created in house, the 3235 features Rolex’s Chronergy escapement and Parachrom hairspring for more efficient use of available energy. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a cyclops magnifying lens over the date covers the handmade white dial with 18k gold hour markers. 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.

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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. ThompsonDBU

    Jan 6, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Total flex by Kuchar. Love it!

  2. James Bond

    Dec 18, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Yawn.

  3. Ed Settle

    Dec 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    I think it’s time for Schauffele to get an upgrade on his watch!

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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.

WOTW Specs

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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