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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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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. jgpl001

    May 20, 2020 at 5:49 am

    Good taste Rickie

    • Knudson

      May 20, 2020 at 7:36 am

      Rickie and Adam Scott always wear some of the best Rolex watches out there!

  2. Stanley

    May 19, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Nice. I guess Rickie has a few in his collection. I saw his milgauss as well

    • Knudson

      May 19, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      He has more than a few Rolex watches in his collection! He had a Yachtmaster 42 at the Presidents Cup and have seen him wear other Daytonas as well!

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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.

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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.

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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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