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WOTW: Brian Knudson’s Seiko Orange Monster Dive watch



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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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!



  1. emil guerra

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    why does brian say “you know” and “whatever” so many times
    ?it makes him sound ignorant………..

  2. Ralph L

    Feb 1, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Great segment for the “real” watch guys out there! While I have some expensive ones, and settled my long burning desire for an MM300 with one of the new mini-MM’s (also called the MM200) with the blue bezel, I always come back to my skx009j1 (close relative of the monster). They’re great watches and deserve at least a small spot in every collection. Well done, Brian. Keep it coming.

  3. sailfishchris

    Jan 29, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    I could see Rickie Fowler wearing that watch!

  4. J-P Vidizzon

    Jan 29, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Seikos are great, although their quality control has taken a dive in the past few years. The new MM300s are on my radar, especially the new blue dialed one.

    • Brian Knudson

      Jan 30, 2020 at 6:42 am

      That is a bummer on the quality because these were so good at such a good price. I like the new Prospex SRPD25 a lot, now you got me worried about it!

  5. bill

    Jan 29, 2020 at 9:31 am

    I have the same watch. I also have a couple of omega’s, and the monster is probably more accurate. Nice WOTW!!

    • Brian Knudson

      Jan 29, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Thanks! I wish my Monster was a little more accurate, it tends to lose more time than I care for each week. But I have had it for like 12yrs and it has taken a beating!

  6. Sparky

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Jules or Jewels? Bravo Knudsy ??

  7. JungleJimbo

    Jan 28, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Brian thanks for sharing …enjoyed this showcase of the Seiko Orange ????Monster! ??(and very time-appropriate for the Chinese/Lunar New Year, as oranges ???? ???? are considered Lucky! ????)

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WOTW Time Machine: Henrik Stenson’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Dream Team” From The 2016 Open Championship



Update: There were only 12 pieces made of this rare Offshore, 11 were for players and 1 was auctioned for charity at an Audemars Piguet event in November of 2016. The Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Dream Team” is also the first Audemars Piguet watch to use blue ceramic, the pushers on the side of the watch that control the chronograph function. Credit to @kirill_krjukov and @watchcollectinglifestyle on Instagram for the new information.

Royal Troon was the stage for the 2016 Open Championship, and it was an amazing two-man race between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson. Those two blew the field away and had a Sunday battle that would never be forgotten. Stenson ended up winning by three strokes while firing a final round 63. The Swede then held the Claret Jug proudly in the air while wearing a very special Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Dream Team” in white ceramic that was only made for specific golf athletes that year. It is by our GolfWRX definition: tour issue.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Dream Team”
Reference: 26409CB.OO.A030CA.01
Year: 2016
Limited: Yes
Case: White Super Ceramic
Bezel: White Super Ceramic
Dial: Blue Méga Tapisserie
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3126 / 3840 – 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Blue Rubber Strap
Price: Never Sold at Retail

Henrik’s Royal Oak Offshore took a little time to figure out and even my contacts at Audemars Piguet didn’t know much about it. 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. Henrik’s watch was part of a very limited edition that Audemars Piguet did for a select group of their golf athletes.

I looked everywhere for more details and production numbers on this Offshore, but haven’t really come up with anything concrete so a lot of this article is speculation. If I had to guess I would say they made between 10-25 of these models, making them extremely rare. Price? Well, they never came to retail and if one hit the 2nd hand market right now, I would guess it would command well over six figures.

The first thing I noticed about the photos of this Royal Oak Offshore was the bright white case and bezel that gleamed in the Scottish sun. That leads me to believe that the 44mm case and iconic Royal Oak octagon bezel are made from AP’s own white Super Ceramic. The brushed white ceramic case made of zirconium oxide, stabilized with yttrium oxide is virtually scratch-proof while also being very lightweight. The white Super Ceramic was about 500 Vickers harder than the already scratch-resistant Black Ceramic.

Audemars Piguet took over 600 hours to create this ceramic that is not only fade-resistant but also extremely durable. The Super Ceramic is not easy to work with and it takes over 12 hours to make the case while the bezel takes 8. The brushed finish is extremely unique and takes a lot of time to perfect, but for Audemars Piguet, there isn’t any other way.

And speaking of that iconic bezel, it is held down with eight hex screws that just add to the legend of the design. The dial is done in a dark blue with Audemars Piguet’s Méga Tapisserie pattern with the date window at 3 o’clock. The chronograph dial isn’t unique to the Offshore line, but with this special edition, they only made two of the sub-dials silver, while leaving the one at 12 o’clock blue. The blue dial is surrounded by polished hour markers on a white ring marking the seconds.

Inside the “Dream Team” Offshore is Audemars Piguet’s workhorse 3126 self-winding movement. The 3126 is a 59 jewel automatic with a solid 22-carat gold rotor and 50 hours of power reserve. That rotor spins on a set of ceramic ball bearings for smoothness. The display back on the case is made from titanium with a sapphire crystal window showing off the beautiful rotor and movement. All those pieces come together to give the “Dream Team” a water-resistance rating of 100 meters. This Royal Oak Offshore is finished off with a blue rubber strap connected to the case with titanium links and matching titanium pin buckle.

That 2016 Open Championship is arguably one of the most exciting majors to ever watch with two heavyweight contenders trading blows down the stretch. It was also really fun to try to dig up some information such a rare Royal Oak Offshore that very few will ever even see in person! I wonder what he could get on eBay for it?!



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WOTW Time Machine: Jason Day’s Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 at the 2015 PGA Championship



The year is 2015 and Jason Day just won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits by three strokes. He held off a red-hot Jordan Spieth to win and when he hoisted that large Wanamaker Trophy high in the air, his Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 (ref: 116600-0003) in stainless steel shined in the Wisconsin sun.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000
Reference: 116600-0003
Date: 2014
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic Stainless Steel
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Domed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 1220 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$13,000 (Org Retail $10,400)

In 2014, Rolex re-introduced the Sea-Dweller after being retired in 2009. The new Sea-Dweller 4000 brought back the medium-duty dive watch to the Rolex line. During its time away you had the option of the Submariner and the big brother Sea-Dweller DeepSea. In this new version of the Sea-Dweller Rolex packed in all the latest technology they had while keeping the classic shape and design.

The 904L Oystersteel case kept its traditional 40mm size that made it easy to wear every day while still offering exceptional water resistance to 4000ft (1220m). The world record for human diving is 1028ft, so the Sea-Dweller is more than capable of handling anything we can throw at it.

On the 9 o’clock side of the case is Rolex’s patented Helium Escape Valve that allows pent up gasses to escape when under tremendous pressure. Rolex found that without the Helium Escape Valve the sapphire crystal would come loose, destroying the watch. On the other side of the case is the screw-down crown that is used to set the time and date. The bezel is created from stainless steel and has an insert made from Rolex’s Cerachrom ceramic that is then etched with dive graduations and numerals. This Cherachrom ceramic was designed in house by Rolex to make sure that it isn’t only very scratch-resistant, but also durable enough for the hard life of a professional dive watch.

The distinct feature of the Sea-Dweller 4000 is the domed sapphire crystal that covers the dial. It has no cyclops lens over the date and the new versions of the Sea-Dweller have crystals that are more flush with the bezel. Under that domed crystal is an all-black dial that I think is done in matte black with large hour markers filled with a long-lasting luminescent material.

A lot of vintage Rolex fans were hoping the Sea-Dweller text and water-resistance rating was printed in red to pay homage to the first SeaDwellers, but that text is done in white. Inside the Sea-Dweller 4000 is Rolex’s 3135 self-winding automatic movement.

Like all Rolex movements, it is COSC certified to make sure it is extremely accurate under any conditions. The 3135 contains 31 jewels, 48hrs of power reserve, and Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring to help resist shocks and temperature variations.

The Oyster bracelet is made from solid links of matching 904L Oystersteel, giving it an extreme resistance to corrosion from saltwater. The Oyster bracelet also includes Rolex’s own Glidelock extension to extend or shorten the band in 2mm increments along with a dive extension so it can fit over a wetsuit. When the Sea-Dweller 4000 hit retail in 2014 the retail price was $10,400 but currently, I see them listed for around $13,000 on most luxury watch trading sites.

In 2015 Jason Day reached world #1, won his first major, and set the record for shooting -20 in that major. He was pounding driver and just making golf look so easy. It was also great to see him wearing what is now a collectible Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 on his wrist. I really hope we can see him get back to form and competing for majors again!

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WOTW: Tyrrell Hatton’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver “Round-The-Clock” Purple



Tyrrell Hatton’s watch was an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver in “Round-The-Clock” Purple. The 28-year-old Englishman won his first PGA Tour event at The Arnold Palmer Invitational! Conditions were tough and the wind was the enemy for most of the field. Hatton shot +2 on Sunday, when most of the field shot over par, for a 1 shot win over Marc Leishman. Following his victory, he put on the red cardigan and held that silver trophy high in the air with a contrasting 2018 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver in “Round-The-Clock” Purple on his wrist!

WOTW Specs

Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
Reference: 15710ST.OO.A077CA.01
Date: 2018
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Round-The-Clock Purple Méga Tapisserie
Size: 42mm
Movement: Calibre 3120 – 40 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Round-The-Clock Purple Rubber Strap
Price: $19,900

Tyrrell has worn a black ceramic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore previously here on WOTW after winning the Turkish Airlines Open. This week he goes a little funky with a purple Offshore Diver that was part of a colorful 2018 collection that included Tropical Turquoise, Sand Buff, and Charismatic Khaki.

This line of watches was created to be fun and have a flair to them that are not found in traditional luxury steel sports watches. The Royal Oak was introduced in 1993, nicknamed The Beast, and since then has seen 54 variations. The Royal Oak Offshore Diver joined in 2010 and getting your hands on one wasn’t an easy task, typically adding your name to a waiting list.

While waiting lists for watches is pretty much the norm now, back then it was fairly rare. Why was everyone trying to get their hands on a Royal Oak Offshore Diver? Well, it was the lack of hands, the Diver didn’t have the typical 3 sub-dials like all other Offshore models.

Hatton’s Royal Oak Offshore Diver is crafted from stainless steel and measures a very easy to wear 42mm. As expected the Diver has a chunky version of the iconic Royal Oak octagon bezel held down with 8 hex screws.

Both the brushed bezel and polished screws are made out of stainless steel but give a fun contrasting look. Fun is what this design is all about, with its Round-The-Clock purple dial done in Audemars Piguet’s famous Méga Tapisserie texture. The Méga Tapisserie dial has larger blocks and texture compared to the Grand Tapisserie found in the Royal Oak models. Twin screw-down crowns are also finished in rubberized Round-The-Clock Purple and are placed at 10 and 3 o’clock.

The crown at 3 is traditional and controls the setting of date and time while the crown at 10 controls the inner rotating bezel for diving. You can’t adjust the diving timer with the crown at 10 o’clock while underwater, making it less of a tool watch and more of a lifestyle piece.

The glass is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that is glare-proofed for easy reading underwater or in direct sunlight. Inside the Royal Oak Offshore Diver is a self-winding automatic Calibre 3120 movement with 40 jewels and 60 hours of power reserve.

Out of the 280 parts in the handmade movement, the most impressive has to be the oscillating weight, a monobloc of 22-carat gold spinning on ceramic ball bearings! The movement and gold weight are all viewable through a display back made from matching, glare-proofed, sapphire crystal. To hold this wild watch on your wrist is an equally funky rubber strap in Round-The-Clock Purple. Like everything Royal Oak Offshore, a larger more durable stainless steel pin buckle holds the strap together.

Tyrrell seems to love great Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore timepieces, and I love him for wearing them. Congratulations to him on a very hard-fought win at such a great event. I don’t think even the late, great Arnold Palmer would mind Hatton’s watch not matching the red cardigan sweater!

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