Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Cerachrom Ceramic
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
Fitness tracker: WHOOP Strap 3.0
Battery Life: 5 Days
Case: White plastic w/LEDs
Strap: ProKnit Arctic
Monitors: Heart rate, heart rate variability, sleep, strain, recovery, activity
Bluetooth Low Energy Compatible (BLE)
Price: $180 ($30 per month for a minimum of 6 months)
The second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs came to an end with Justin Thomas holding up two trophies and wearing two accessories on his wrist! On his left, what looked to be a Rolex Sea-Dweller (Ref: 126600-0001) in stainless steel, and on his right a Whoop Strap 3.0 fitness tracker in Arctic White. Thomas held off a hot Patrick Cantlay, who has been on WOTW before, to win by three strokes and go into the Tour Championship as the No. 1 seed.
Let’s start off with the left wrist, a Rolex Sea-Dweller in stainless steel. The Sea-Dweller has become a very popular watch lately, seeing more of them on wrists where we might have seen its smaller sibling the Submariner. From a distance, the two look similar, but the larger (40mm vs 43mm) and more capable Sea-Dweller has been seen more frequently on the wrists of PGA Tour players.
The Sea-Dweller has its signature helium escape valve on the side of the case for saturation diving. The slow decompression process, while diving, was causing the crystals on the watch to pop off, so a spring-loaded valve was designed to slowly release those pressured gases. The Sea-Dweller utilizes Rolex’s Calibre 3235 movement that was designed in house for a high level of performance and 70hrs of power reserve. After the 3235 receives its certification from the COSC, it is then installed in the case and tested a second time, by Rolex, to ensure it is operating with the precision they demand. The 3235 also features Rolex’s Chronergy escapement and Paracchrom hairspring to increase the efficiency of the movement by 15 percent. The Sea-Dweller’s case and bracelet are made from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel. Oystersteel offers superb corrosion resistance from saltwater.
On JT’s right wrist was a Whoop Strap 3.0 in Arctic White that we have also started seeing more on tour. Whoop Strap 3.0 is a fitness tracking device that monitors your heart rate, and other variables, 100 times a second. This level of monitoring allows it to know when you are working out, golfing, sitting, or even sleeping. 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 membership plans also offer you the option of competing against other users using Whoop to stay motivated.
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.
Congratulations to Justin Thomas on a great FedEx Cup Playoff win and for doubling up on WOTW! It is great to see him mix Swiss precision watchmaking with the latest in fitness and body tracking technology.
WOTW: Billy Horschel’s Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT
Billy Horschel captured his sixth PGA Tour win at the WGC-Dell Match Play this weekend. He outlasted a tough field, including Scottie Scheffler, whom he beat 2&1 on Sunday.
You could tell that this win meant a lot to him after a three-year drought, and on his wrist looked to be his trusty Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT that he wore at his last win.
Watch: Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT
Date: 2009 – 2016
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Matte Black
Movement: Panerai P.9001, 29 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Caoutchouc Black Rubber
Price: $8,700 (Current ~$7,300)
Panerai isn’t a watch brand that we have featured on here very often. In fact, the only other time we have profiled one was this exact watch! Panerai is an Italian watch brand that was started back in 1860 by Giovanni Panerai. He not only owned a watch shop, but he also started Florence’s first watchmaking school. For many years Panerai watches were only available to military personnel. Fast forward to 1993 and this is when we see the first Panerai offered to the public, the Luminor.
The iconic Luminor has been the face of the Panerai brand since. The Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT is a large watch with a 44mm case made from stainless steel. On the right side of the case is the very famous, very large, and patented crown protector. This arch of stainless steel not only protects the crown from damage but is actually used to lock down the crown in order to give the 3 Day GMT a 300m water resistance rating. There is a lever built into the protector that opens to allow the crown to rotate in order to set the time, 2nd-time zone, or manually wind the watch.
The smooth bezel is made from matching stainless steel and contains a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The dial is matte black and constructed using a sandwich technique. The 2 piece dial contains a layer that is filled with Super-LumiNova luminescent material. The top layer is matte black but the hour markers and numerals are cut out to allow that luminescent glow to shine through very bright. Panerai Luminor watches are highly regarded for their low-light glow.
Inside the 3 Day GMT is an in-house built P.9001 self-winding, automatic movement. The P.9001 contains 29 jewels and offers the wearer 72 hours, 3 days, of power reserve. This Panerai is a GMT and allows for the tracking of a second time zone for wearers like Billy who travel frequently. The back of the 3 Day GMT contains a sapphire crystal window to view that P.9001 movement and its power reserve gauge. This Luminor came with a crocodile leather strap with a stainless steel buckle, but it looks like Billy has changed that over to the Caoutchouc black rubber strap to hold this larger timepiece on his wrist.
I really want to see Billy in those octopus pants again, but since that probably isn’t going to happen, I would love to see him in a new watch or two. Hopefully, he can take a little of his winnings and put it towards another Panerai.
TAG Heuer announces Tommy Fleetwood partnership, adds new features to Connected Golf Edition Smartwatch
The TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition smartwatch was introduced last summer and is the pioneer of luxury golf GPS watches. For 2021, TAG Heuer announced a new partnership with European and PGA Tour star Tommy Fleetwood as well as an update to the Golf Edition watch with a host of new features.
Tag Heuer set up a few minutes for me to speak with Tommy about the new partnership, the Golf Edition watch, and I even snuck in some club talk!
The first thing I had to ask him about was his passion for watches and if he was a “watch guy” before becoming a TAG Heuer athlete. Tommy discussed how he really wasn’t into watches before he started playing professional golf, but has now taken a good interest in the world of luxury timepieces.
You will actually be seeing the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition on Fleetwood’s wrist during tournament play, as he said he enjoys wearing it on the course. “I’ve been wearing it for a bit now, played a few tournaments with it, and feel more comfortable with it on my wrist,” he said.
I had a short time with the Golf Edition last summer and will admit that the watch has the most comfortable band of any golf-specific watch I have tried.
In terms of additional features, the updated Golf App offers improved hole mapping in both 3D and 2d modes. In the Golf App, the 3D mapping gets updated as well to show more texture and detail to give you a more immersive experience. The 2D mapping on the watch was already very impressive has been updated with more refined shapes and hole detail.
I think the graphics in the app and on the watch are some of the best in the industry. Interestingly, the visuals on both the watch and in the app were designed to mimic the visuals used on television during tournaments.
TAG Heuer’s Driving Zone technology takes the distance from previous tee shots to show the player a zone of where those shots would end up on the current hole. This allows players to more easily put together a better strategy on how to play the hole.
Speaking with Tommy, he explained how using the Driving Zone, along with the club distance tracking, has helped him with dialing in his new TaylorMade clubs this year. He said, “I’m out there with a new driver, and I’m like, yeah, that’s gone pretty good. All of a sudden, I’ve got really accurate information going out on the course in different conditions.”
TAG Heuer has also refined the Club Recommendation tool for more accuracy in helping players pick the right club for each shot. That feature can of course be turned off for tournament play or if it isn’t wanted by the player. TAG Heuer’s advanced scoring has been very popular with Golf Edition uses and the new version adds scoring for stable ford and match play along with the traditional stroke play.
The updates to the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition should make any owner even more excited about the watch and help them to shoot better scores.
“The more help that people get, the more that people will enjoy the game. The better your scores get, clearly the more enjoyment it brings to the game. I have a massive passion for golf, and I want people to enjoy and grow the game. Anything that is going to help with that is really cool.” – Tommy Fleetwood
WOTW: Justin Thomas’s Rolex Daytona in White Gold *Updated*
**UPDATE** New photos have emerged and the article has been updated with the correct watch model. Thanks to forum member Simmer7 for the information.
Justin Thomas came from behind to win The Players and add the coveted championship to his already impressive PGA Tour resume. JT shot a final round 68 to hold off a red-hot Lee Westwood and win by one stroke.
With emotions spilling out, Thomas held The Players gold trophy with a Rolex Daytona in white gold shining in the Florida sun.
Name: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Date: 2016 – Present
Case: 18ct White Gold
Bezel: 18ct White Gold
Dial: Bright Blue
Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 18ct White Gold
The Rolex Daytona is the most sought-after watch in the world right now, with older rare models selling for well into six figures. Some of the rarest can go for over $1 million dollars when and if they become available.
Rolex introduced the “Chronograph” in 1955 to a less than enthusiastic market as Rolex was not known to be a maker of chronograph watches. Rolex became the official timekeeper of the Daytona auto race in 1962 and one year later added the nickname Daytona to their watch. The Daytona is made for auto racing with a larger tachymeter scale on the bezel to monitor speed around a track.
Justin was wearing what looks to be a current white gold version of the coveted watch, with a white gold bezel, that debuted in 2016. This bright blue dialed Daytona might not be as popular as the black ceramic version, but I think it could be a very valuable watch in the future.
The 116520 was the first Daytona to be fitting with a movement that was completely designed and built by Rolex. This current generation still uses that same 4130 movement to run all the dials. Crafted from polished 18ct white gold, Justin’s bezel has the tachymeter scale etched into it and filled with black lacquer paint. That gold bezel surrounds a bright blue dial that contains the legendary Daytona subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. The hour markers on the dial and hands are crafted from white gold and filled with luminescent material for easy reading in low light. The 40 mm case is crafted from Rolex’s own 18ct white gold that is made to be extremely corrosion-resistant for a precious metal. The Oyster case features a steel screw-down case back that seals the watch for a 100m water resistance rating.
Inside the case is a Rolex 4130 self-winding automatic movement that gives the wearer 72 hours of power reserve. The 4130 also contains Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring to help resist shocks and temperature changes. The bracelet on Justin’s Daytona is Rolex’s Oyster design that is made from flat links of matching white gold. The center links are polished to a mirror finish while the outer links are brushed for a contrasting look. The bracelet comes together with an Oysterlock clasp and Easylink adjustment link for comfort.
Congratulations to Justin on a great win at a big event! It is always fun to see him play well. He has already put together a great career and is far from done at his young age. I have featured his Rolex collection here a few times and can’t wait to see what pieces he wears in the future.
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