Branden Grace had on what looked like an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch in titanium and platinum with a grey dial after winning the South African Open. We had to go over to the European Tour again this week since Cameron Smith decided to go with the bare wrist after winning the Sony Open. Thankfully, Grace put on a very special AP while celebrating his win with his wife and child!
Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph
Dial: Grey Grand Tapisserie
Movement: Calibre 2385 – 37 Jewels
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Limited: 500 Worldwide
Audemars Piguet is a very high-end Swiss watchmaker 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 timepieces. Today Audemars Piguet keeps that tradition with its full line of classic and cutting edge designs. We have covered a few Royal Oak Chronographs here on WOTW and, at least to me, they never get old.
Audemars Piguet created the first Royal Oak in 1972, their first luxury sport watch made from steel. Since then the Royal Oak has become an icon of luxury sport watches with its signature hexagon screws placed in an octagon bezel. Grace’s Royal Oak Chronograph (ref: 26331IP.OO.1220IP.01) is a limited edition version with a case made from titanium and has AP’s “Grand Tapisserie” dial in grey. This dial has an exquisite square texture, contrasting blue sub-dials, and the date at the 4:30 position. Protecting that dial is a glass made from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that has been glareproofed for easy reading in any light. Around that sapphire crystal is probably one of the most recognizable watch designs in the world, Audemars Piguet’s octagon bezel with 8 hexagon screws.
With this limited edition, AP created the bezel out of platinum and finished it with mirror-like polish. Inside the 41mm titanium case is Audemars Piguet’s self-winding calibre 2385 movement. The 2385 has 37 jewels and boasts a 40-hour power reserve as well as an oscillating weight made of 18-carat gold. The stainless steel bracelet is again another iconic Royal Oak design, including the AP logo on the folding clasp. This reference Royal Oak was made from 2017 to 2018 and limited to only 500 units worldwide. Their value has increased a little in two years, trading for around $48,000 currently.
Congratulations to Branden Grace on winning the South African Open and enjoying the moment with his family. I also want to thank him for wearing an exquisite timepiece for us to feature on WOTW, it would have been a slow week without him!
WOTW: Justin Thomas’ Rolex Sea-Dweller
Watch: Rolex Sea-Dweller
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 43 mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 1,220 Meters (4,000ft)
Helium Escape Valve
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Justin Thomas’ watch at the Sentry TOC was what looked like a Rolex Sea-Dweller in stainless steel. JT made a bogey on 18 to send the tournament into a three-man playoff but bounced back with a birdie on the third hole to win. As the sun was setting JT held that blue trophy high in the Hawaiian breeze and on his wrist was the Sea-Dweller (Ref: 126600-0001) in stainless steel and black.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller is the big brother to Rolex’s most recognizable dive watch, the Submariner. Sea-Dwellers extremely rugged and capable dive watches that were first introduced in 1967. Those first Sea-Dwellers where also the first dive watches available to the public with a helium escape valve. Since then the Sea-Dweller has gone through a few versions with updates to its water resistance rating as well as mechanical movement. The Sea-Dweller is water-resistant to 1,220m (4,000ft), making it more than capable for any dive that a human could put it through.
The Sea-Dweller’s main protection from extreme water pressure is its 904L Oystersteel case. Rolex’s Oystersteel is their own stainless steel alloy that resists corrosion better than other stainless steels. The case is 43 mm, about 3 mm larger than the Submariner, and contains Rolex’s 3235 movement. The 3235 is a self-winding automatic with 31 jewels and 70 hours of power reserve. All Rolex movements are COSC certified for precision and Rolex actually demands that their movements are twice that accurate. After certification Rolex tests the accuracy on their own high-end equipment. Covering the 3235 is a black dial with larger hands and hour markers filled with Chromalight for easy reading in dark conditions. Rolex’s Chromalight is said to last up to 8 hours, twice as long as standard luminescent, and glows a distinct blue color.
The Sea-Dweller dial contains the date at 3 o’clock and there is a cyclops lens above it to magnify the numbers for easy reading. Surrounding the dial is a bezel made from stainless steel with a Cerachrom ceramic insert. The ceramic in the bezel is very scratchproof and should hold up to years of saltwater use. The Oyster bracelet holding this timepiece to your wrist is made from solid links of matching 904L Oystersteel and features a Fliplock extension link to easily go over a wetsuit. The bracelet also includes Rolex’s Glidelock system so you are able to adjust the band without tools a few millimeters for that perfect fit.
The 2020 PGA Tour season is off to great start and so is WOTW with JT and his Sea-Dweller. I hope Justin has a couple more wins this year and maybe shows off that two-tone Yacht-Master he has somewhere!
WOTW: Adam Scott’s Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue
Adam Scott’s watch was a Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue after the Australian PGA Championship this weekend. Since the PGA Tour is on holiday break until next year, we have to head over to the European Tour for our watch fix this week. Adam was one of two players to shoot all four rounds under par to win the Australian PGA by two strokes. After the tournament, he threw Rolex’s most capable dive watch, the Sea-Dweller Deepsea, on his wrist and held the silver trophy high in the Gold Coast air.
Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Deepsea
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic
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
This Sea-Dweller is probably a familiar sight to readers of WOTW since it was featured last week on Tiger’s wrist at the Presidents Cup! Adam has been a part of the Rolex team for years now and loves to wear a variety of timepieces from the brand. This Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue (Ref: 126660-0002) isn’t the only Deepsea he has worn in the past, he wore the all-black dial (ref: 116660-0001) after winning the 2013 Masters Tournament.
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 caseback 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 timekeeping.
This reference 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 hasn’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.
Congratulations to Adam on his victory in his home country and to continuing to wear a great variety of Rolex watches. Hopefully, we see more of his perfect swing and fabulous watch collection in 2020!
WOTW: The watches worn by the U.S. Presidents Cup team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the pictures I saw, it could have been a tour issue freckle on the right wrist.
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.
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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