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WOTW Time Machine: Justin Thomas’ Rolex Yacht-Master at the 2017 PGA Championship

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Justin Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow to get his first, and currently only, major win. He battled all weekend and finished with a two-stroke lead over Italian Francesco Molinari. When Justin hoisted the large Wanamaker Trophy, he was wearing what looked to be a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Dark Rhodium in Rolesium (ref. 116622-0003).

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Watch: Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: 116622-0003
Year: 2016 – 2019
Limited: No
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Rolesium 950 Platinum
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$12,500

The Rolex Yacht-Master was introduced in 1992 as a more luxurious watch for the water. The Submariner had long been Rolex’s tool watch for divers and other people on the water while the Yacht-Master focused more on precious metals and aesthetics while still offering some features for the boater. Rumor has it that the Yacht-Master was originally designed in the 1960s, as an updated Submariner, but the changes were too drastic. While the Yacht-Master is very luxurious, Rolex still demanded that it be durable and accurate. On Thomas’ wrist was a more recent version of the Yacht-Master that was launched in 2016, made from stainless steel and platinum, with a Rhodium dial. Currently, there is a new version of the watch (ref. 126622-0001) with an updated movement boasting 70hrs of power reserve.

Justin’s timepiece has a 40mm Oyster case that is built from 904L Oystersteel, Rolex’s own stainless steel alloy. Oystersteel offers better corrosion resistance as well as taking a better polish than traditional stainless. The main body of the Yacht-Master is built from a completely polished monobloc middle case with a screw-down caseback that gives the watch a water resistance rating of 100 meters.

The crown incorporates Rolex’s Triplock waterproof system to make sure water cannot enter once screwed down. Inside the 116622 Yacht-Master is Rolex’s own, COSC certified, 3135 self-winding automatic movement. The 3135 has 48 hours of power reserve, contains 31 jewels, and features Rolex’s own Parachrom hairspring to help reduce shocks and temperature variation on the movement.

The dial of Justin’s Yacht-Master is Dark Rhodium, a dark silver that features a “sunburst” effect, and contrasting light blue “YACHT-MASTER” markings as well as a matching light blue second hand. The light blue is love/hate with this piece, but I am a big fan of how Rolex put it together. Rolex’s patented Chromalight blue luminescence fills the hands and hour markers for easy low light reading.

Rolex claims their Chromalight is longer laster and easier to read in murky conditions compared to traditional luminescent material. The Chromalight filled hour markers are crafted from 18ct white gold in order to ensure they stay polished and tarnish-free. Covering that Dark Rhodium dial is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that includes a cyclops lens over the date at 3 0’clock for easier viewing.

Surrounding the crystal is the iconic Yacht-Master etched bezel that is made from Rolesium, a combination of 950 platinum and Oystersteel that is only used in the Yacht-Master. The platinum not only creates a luxurious piece, but it also prevents corrosion and tarnishing for a long-lasting vibrant shine. This luxurious bidirectional rotating bezel is not only beautiful but also displays 60-minute graduated numbers to calculate sailing time.

Keeping this watch on your wrist is a two-toned Oyster bracelet made from matching 904L Oystersteel. The center blocks are polished to a mirror-like shine while the outside links are finished in a perfect satin finish. The Oyster bracelet also features the Rolex Oysterlock safety clasp as well as their proprietary Easylink comfort extension link. The new version of Justin’s watch retails for $12,000 if you can find one, and a great condition example of the previous generation will cost you about the same price.

I am a fan of Justin Thomas, and he has been featured before in WOTW wearing a Rolex Sea-Dweller as well as a stainless steel Datejust. It would be great to feature him more and see what other Rolex watches he has in his collection.

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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. joro

    Apr 3, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Nice watch but I will keep my GMT [[ Master.circa 1988;

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WOTW Time Machine: Anthony Kim’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Montauk Highway”

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What do a California born PGA Tour pro and a highway in New York state have in common? A watch. A special, limited edition, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway where only 300 were made. Kim wore this limited AP Offshore after his last PGA Tour win, the 2010 Shell Houston Open.

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Montauk Highway”
Reference: 26187ST.OO.D801CR.01
Year: 2010
Limited: Yes, 300 Pieces
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Cream “Clous de Paris” Grand Tapisserie
Size: 42mm
Movement: Calibre 2326 / 2840 – 50 Jewels
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: White Rubber Strap
Price: ~$21,000 ($20,500 Retail)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore with brown Hornback strap

We have featured some limited edition AP Royal Oaks on WOTW before, but this one might have been the luckiest to track down! I tried doing an Anthony Kim “What’s On The Wrist” a little while ago, but finding this watch was elusive. I kind of gave up searching until I saw a post on Instagram from @wristaficionado that contained a Royal Oak Offshore with cream and light blue dial.

From there, I was able to find some details on this rare watch that was only sold in the New York area. The Royal Oak Offshore collection was created in 1993 as a sportier and more rugged version of the popular Royal Oak line. Kim’s Offshore is named after a 95-mile highway that runs along the southern shore of Long Island. The Montauk Offshore was only sold in four locations in New York, London, Jewelers in the Hamptons, and the Audemars Piguet boutiques.

Picture: DaosB@PuristSPro.com

Kim’s 1 of 300 Offshore is crafted out of stainless steel the case is 42mm in size. The case features a hefty crown and pusher protection as well as a solid steel case back that is held down with eight large screws. That case back is also the only place where you will find that special Montauk Highway Limited Edition badging. The Montauk was made with two different straps and that is what made it so hard to find. The brown Hornback leather strap with light blue stitching was how the watch was advertised and photographed almost everywhere. Kim was wearing what seems to be the more rare version with a thick white rubber strap.

The strap has a beautiful deployment clasp with twin chrome AP logos that fold together when closed. I was always on the search for the white rubber version and couldn’t find it. On the sides of the case are some black rubber details that break up the watch in a great way. The pushers and crown are steel, covered in textured black rubber. The iconic Royal Oak stainless steel bezel also has a thick visible rubber gasket that separates it from the case and helps give the watch a 100-meter water resistance rating. The bezel is a legendary design feature and contains eight Audemars Piguet hex screws to hold it in place.

The dial is what really sets this Royal Oak Offshore apart from the rest of the line. The dial is finished in cream, or “Clous de Paris” color over AP’s Grand Tapisserie texture. The chronograph sub-dials are finished in a chocolate brown that plays perfectly with the light blue hands in them. The light blue inner bezel, hour numerals, and hands are subtly contrasted with yellow gold if you ever get to look at one closely. The inner light blue bezel actually rotates under the glare-proofed sapphire crystal to help with sailing. That crystal also has a magnifying cyclops lens over the date that is located at 3 o’clock. Inside the Montauk is a self-winding automatic movement made in-house by Audemars Piguet. The Calibre 2326 is a 50 jewel movement that contains a 22-carat solid gold rotor and gives the wearer 38 hours of power reserve.

Anthony Kim was such a great player for an unfortunately short period of time. Injuries shorted us of what could have been a great career with many celebrated wins. I also have to believe that along with his flashy belt buckles, he would have had some great watches to go with those trophies.

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WOTW: Rickie Fowler’s 50th anniversary Rolex Daytona in platinum

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Rickie Fowler’s watch was a 50th Anniversary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in Platinum at the TaylorMade Driving Relief match. It was a tough defeat on the course, but the money raised to help the COVID-19 efforts was an overall victory for everyone.

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Watch: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Reference: 116506-0001
Date: 2013 – Current
Limited: No
Case: 950 Platinum
Bezel: Brown Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 950 Platinum
Price: $75,000

The Rolex Daytona is one of the most sought after watches in the world and collectors go crazy trying to get their hands on them. The Daytona was made famous by legendary actor and racer Paul Newman, who’s personal 1968 piece recently sold for $17.8 million. The first “Daytona” was introduced 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. Those 6239 Paul Newman Daytonas now trade for over $100,000 depending on condition and other factors.

Rickie is seen wearing a Daytona that was released in 2013 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Daytona, done in precious platinum, with an ice blue dial. The case and Oyster bracelet on this exquisite piece is crafted from Rolex’s “noblest metal”, 950 platinum. Rolex’s 950 Platinum is 95% the precious metal and the other 5% is made of metals like ruthenium. The ruthenium adds durability and helps the platinum retain its luster and shine. While the 950 platinum is made to be durable, this is a true collector’s item and currently the only all platinum Daytona. The bezel is created from brown Cerachrom ceramic for scratch resistance and a contains a tachymetric scale that is filled with platinum via a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. The Cerachrom ceramic is corrosion resistant and unaffected by UV rays so it will not fade over time. Rolex only uses the Ice Blue dial on platinum models, like the current Day-Date 40 and Lady Dadtejust.

The Ice Blue dial is light blue with a sunburst texture to reflect light at all viewing angles. The Daytona chronograph sub-dials are finished in a chestnut brown lacquer paint that matches the ceramic bezel. White gold hour markers and hands are filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight photoluminescent material for easy viewing in low light. Covering that special dial is a sapphire crystal that is extremely scratch resistant. Inside this collectors watch is Rolex’s in-house made, COSC Certified, 4130 movement. The 4130 is a self-winding automatic containing 44 jewels and an impressive 72 hours of power reserve. Compared to other chronograph movements the 4130 contains fewer parts, making it more reliable and accurate.

Like almost all Rolex automatic movements, the 4130 utilizes their Parachrom hairspring for shock and temperature change resistance. The platinum Oyster bracelet is made from flat links and has a folding Oysterlock safely clasp. The Oysterlock clasp also features Rolex’s Easylink comfort extension that allows 5mm of movement for added comfort.

Live golf was welcomed back in a big way with the Driving Relief match. While Rickie and Matt Wolff (wearing a Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepSea) couldn’t pull out the win, they did help raise millions of dollars for charity. Special events like this call for special watches and the Rolex Daytona Ice Blue Platinum fits that description perfectly.

Photo Credit: Hodinkee.com

Photo Credit: Hodinkee.com

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WOTW Time Machine: Matt Kuchar’s $40,000 Patek Philippe Nautilus From The 2019 Presidents Cup

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The 2019 Presidents Cup was a very close and exciting event that not many of us expected. Most thought the U.S. team would stroll away with a big win and the International team didn’t let that happen. Kuchar made a birdie putt on 17, clinching the win for the U.S. team on Sunday and then put on what looked like a stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus to celebrate.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Patek Philippe Nautilus
Reference: 5726A-001
Year: 2010 – Current
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Horizontally Embossed Black
Size: 40.5mm
Movement: Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H – 34 Jewels
Power Reserve: 35 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 120 Meters
Strap: Hand-stitched Black Alligator
Price: $40,940

Patek Philippe was started in 1845 by watchmakers Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe. They created pocket watches and well as watches that were pinned to clothing for queens. In 1868, they created the first Swiss wristwatch for a Hungarian royal.

In the world of high-end watches, Patek is considered among the best and their pieces are highly desirable. Patek Philippe hand-finish every part that goes into their watches to perfection, even the ones you will never see. It is said that Patek spends as many hours hand-finishing a single, hidden part as other companies spend finishing an entire movement. This is part of the reason why the Nautilus can carry a waitlist time of up to eight years depending on the model. The Nautilus was first introduced in 1976 and was given that name because it’s rounded octagon case and bezel looked like a ship’s porthole.

There are many different versions of the Nautilus sports watch and Kuchar seems to be wearing the 5726A that is slightly more complicated than a more standard 5711. The two big upgrades are the annual calendar and the moon phase dial at 6 o’clock. The moon phase complication is arguably the most useless complication in mechanical watches, simply telling you what phase the moon is in at that given time. The annual calendar is a bit more useful as it displays the month and day at 12 o’clock and only needs to be set once per year, on March 1st.

The 5726A’s 40.5 mm case is made from brushed stainless steel and incorporates a rounded octagon bezel made from the same material. The bezel is a work of art with its brushed and polished finish, giving it a luxurious yet sporty look. The back of the case has a window display that shows off the Patek Philippe made Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H self-winding automatic movement. The Caliber 324 is a 34 jewel movement with 45 hours of power reserve and contains 347 individual parts. This movement also contains Patek’s adjustable mass Gyromax balance wheel to allow more precise timekeeping.

The dial on the 5726A is iconic Patek, done in black with its “mini blinds” horizontal embossed pattern. Hour markers and hands are done in white gold so they don’t tarnish over time and are filled with luminescent material for viewing in low light. The moon-phase dial at 6 o’clock is surrounded by a 24-hour display and the date number below. All that is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The strap is a matte black alligator leather that is hand-stitched and comes together with a Nautilus logoed fold-over clasp.

The 2019 Presidents Cup was one of those that we will always remember. It was a great team win and there were a lot of memorable moments, as well as watches! Kuchar is a big watch guy and I would love to see him win a few more and show off a few of those pieces. Until then we can just admire that great choice the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A was!

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