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2007 – Tiger Woods

Tag Heuer Kirium Formula 1, Rubber Strap – Ref: CL111A

It is just fitting that Tiger Woods wins the first FedEx Cup. He had been a Tag Heuer athlete since 2002 and raised the inaugural trophy wearing a pretty interesting watch. The Tag Heuer’s Kirium series debuted in 1997 and brought a modern, sleek design to the brand. The Kirium Formula 1 was introduced in 2002 and had a unique analog-digital dial. It looked like a normal watch with a black dial, but when you started the chronograph, the digital LCD lit up behind the hands.

2008 – Vijay Singh

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph White Dial, Rubber Strap – Ref: 25940SK.OO.D002CA.02.A

Vijay is a machine, hitting more practice golf balls than anyone on the planet. He took home the FedEx Cup in its second year and showed off a nice piece of hardware on his wrist. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore line was created in 1993 and offers a sportier, more powerful look. This 2008 version was 42mm with a stainless steel case, black bezel, and white dial with silver sub-dials. This model could have been the “Rubber Clad” with a black rubber coating on the bezel for impact protection.

2009 – Tiger Woods

Tag Heuer Aquaracer Multi Function, Rubber Strap – Ref: CAF1010

Tiger wins his second FedEx Cup and is wearing his second analog-digital dial watch! The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Multi Function offers a series of features in its three digital displays behind the analog hands. This 44mm timepiece also had a sapphire crystal and was water-resistant up to 300M.

2010 – Jim Furyk

Bare wrist

Who can forget Jim putting in the rain with his hat flipped backwards to win his FedEx Cup? Well he also wasn’t wearing a watch, just some Atlanta rain on his wrist. Thanks, Jim.

2011 – Bill Haas

Bare Wrist

For a second-straight year the champion isn’t wearing a watch. I mean the guy hits his ball out of a pond on 17, just an amazing shot with one foot in the water, but he can’t toss a watch on his wrist? Hopefully, he bought one with his $10 million winnings!

2012 – Brandt Snedeker

Bare wrist

There is no way, I mean no way we go three straight years without a watch right? NOPE! Brandt goes out and wins by three strokes but no watch. Just his usual curly locks pouring out from under that visor. I’m not mad, just disappointed.

2013 – Henrik Stenson

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Stainless Steel White – Ref: 116520-0016

This was the year of the Swede, winning both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same year! Tossing almost $20 million under his mattress must feel pretty good and raising the FedEx Cup trophy wearing a Rolex Daytona must be a close second. The Rolex Daytona was introduced in 1963 for professional racing drivers and are some of the most coveted watches in the world right now. At 40mm they are easy to wear and contain the Rolex 4130 self-winding movement. The 4130 is extremely reliable due to having fewer parts and having a Parachrom handspring to reduce shock from impact. Henrik’s Daytona has a 904L stainless steel case and bracelet with a polished steel bezel.

2014 – Billy Horschel

Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio – Ref: PAM00320

Well, Billy wasn’t wearing his famous octopus pants when he won the FedEx Cup, but he did have a really nice Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT on his wrist! Billy’s Panerai has a P.9001 automatic movement with 29 jewels and as its name suggests, a 3 day power reserve. It also includes a Incabloc anti-shock device to protect the movement. Small details like the polished bezel and satin case finish are just the way Panerai does things. The Luminor 1950 3 Day is a GMT, meaning it will easily keep a secondary time zone for traveling. Billy’s watch is finished off with a brown leather strap and Panerai’s signature crown cover.

2015 – Jordan Spieth

Rolex GMT-Master II White Gold “Pepsi” – Ref: 116719BLRO-0001

Jordan owned 2015 with a Masters, U.S. Open, and FedEx Cup win! To cap off an amazing year he threw on a Rolex GMT-Master II White Gold “Pepsi” and held that FedEx Cup high! The “Pepsi” GMT-Master II nickname comes from the blue and red ceramic bezel that are the colors of the famous cola brand. The GMT-Master was originally made for pilots, showing two time zones simultaneously and being able to track a third. The GMT-Master II contains a Swiss chronometer certified 3186 movement, created in-house by Rolex. It also contains their Parachrom spring for shock resistance. The white gold case and bracelet add quite a bit of weight compared to the stainless steel versions.

2016 – Rory McIlroy

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M MASTER CO-AXIAL GMT 43 MM “GoodPlanet” – Ref: 231.92.43.22.04.001

The season ended with a three-man playoff and it took Rory four holes to finally come away with his first FedEx Cup win. On his wrist that Sunday was a limited edition Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M MASTER CO-AXIAL GMT 43 MM “GoodPlanet”. This was a watch that Omega designed to celebrate their partnership with the GoodPlanet Foundation. This 43mm Seamaster case was made from grade 5 titanium and protected a white lacquered dial. The white dial contains blue indexes and the date at 6 o’clock. Inside the Seamaster GoodPlanet is Omega’s caliber 8605 automatic movement with their silicon balance spring and co-axial escapement. The Seamaster GoodPlanet is finished off with sapphire crystal and a blue sailcloth strap.

2017 – Justin Thomas

Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Rolesium / Dark Rhodium Ref: 116622-0003

Five wins, twelve top-10 finishes, and a FedEx Cup championship is a dream year for any golfer! And for 24yr old Justin Thomas, wearing a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Dark Rhodium, that is exactly what it was! The Yacht-Master is the only Rolex line to use Rolesium, the combination of Oystersteel and a 950 platinum bezel. This combination give a silvery whiteness color that is vibrant and gives the watch a higher sense of luxury. The Dark Rhodium dial not only makes this Yacht-Master stand out; it gives better readability of the 18ct white gold hour markers. Accented by a light blue second hand and Yacht-Master text, this reference stands out in a subtle way. Inside the case is the extremely reliable and precise 3235 movement that is designed in-house at Rolex and covered by 14 patents. The movement is also insensitive to magnetic interference since it is made from nickel-phosphorus.

2018 – Justin Rose

Hublot King Power Unico All Carbon Ref: 701.QX.0140.RX

Justin Rose squeaked out a 41-point win over a comeback-minded Tiger Woods. Woods won the Tour Championship, but Rose’s T4 finish sealed the deal as the FedEx Cup champion and he celebrated wearing a Hublot King Power Unico All Carbon. This 48mm watch case is made from matte-finished carbon fiber and features a textured rubber strap. The carbon fiber bezel is secured by six titanium screws that are designed with an “H” style head. The transparent dial shows off the UNICO HUB1240 movement. The hands and hour markers are all finished in ruthenium, brushed grey, and luminous filled for easy reading in low light conditions. The unique date mechanism is white numbers on a translucent disk that rotate around the dial and a black background highlights the current day.

2019 – Rory McIlroy

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL GMT – Ref: 231.10.43.22.03.001

Rory joins Tiger as the only two-time winners of the FedEx Cup and pockets $15 million while wearing an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL GMT. Rory’s Seamaster is 43mm but has a slimmer design that wears a little smaller than its size. Made of stainless steel, the case and bracelet go well with the Teak Concept blue dial, covered by an anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal. This Seamaster is a GMT model, offering the ability to track two timezones, the 2nd being displayed with a small hand with a bright red accent. Under the hood is the Omega Caliber 8605 automatic winding movement with 60hrs of power reserve. This movement has a co-axial escapement that produces greater accuracy, while reducing friction, thus requiring less maintenance. The 8605 can be seen through the transparent caseback, including the Geneva Wave design on the rotor.

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  1. EH

    Sep 4, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    The Rolex 116500 wasn’t released until 2016

    • Brian Knudson

      Sep 5, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      100% right on that, thanks for noticing my mistake. I don’t know how I missed the polished bezel from the 116520-0016. I have corrected the article.

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WOTW: Kevin Na’s Rolex Datejust 41 in Stainless Steel and White Gold

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Kevin Na captured his fifth PGA Tour win at the Sony Open in Hawaii with an amazing three-straight birdies to shoot a final round 65. After his one-stroke win he held the golden trophy high in the air with his Rolex Datejust 41 watch also glistening in the Hawaii sun!

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Watch: Rolex Datejust 41
Reference: 126334-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Fluted White Gold
Dial: Bright Blue
Size: 41mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $9,650

We have feature Kevin before on WOTW, wearing his Richard Mille RM35-02 Rafael Nadal Red Quartz TPT. This week he went a little more subtle and was sporting a stainless steel Rolex Datejust 41 with a blue dial and Oyster bracelet. The Rolex Datejust has been an iconic watch in the Rolex line since it was introduced in 1945. The introduction of the Datejust was to commemorate Rolex’s 40’s anniversary and was the first automatic watch to have a date that changes automatically at midnight.

There have been a few different Datejust versions over the years and Na’s Datejust 41 is the latest of the long lineage. At 41mm this oversized Datejust case is made from a single block of Rolex’s 904L Oystersteel. The case back screws into the case and helps give the Datejust a 100-meter water resistance rating. The Datejust wasn’t designed to be a sports watch, more of a classic piece, but still offers enough capability for most activities. On top of the case is Rolex’s legendary fluted bezel, crafted from white gold. The dial is a bright blue done in a sunray finish.

The sunray finish is created using a brushing technique that creates grooves running from the center to the edge of the dial. This sunray finish gives the dial a much richer and deeper shine. The rectangular hour markers are done in white gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material. The date window is at 3 o’clock and Rolex has designed the movement to change the date so quickly at midnight that it is instant, no slowly moving date when the time gets near 12am. Covering the dial is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a magnifying cyclops lens over the date.

The movement inside the Datejust 41 is Rolex’s own Calibre 3235 that is fully built in-house and gives the wearer an impressive 70 hours of power reserve. Calibre 3235 is a self-winding automatic and contains Rolex’s own Parachrom hairspring for better efficiency. The 3235 contains 31 jewels and is a certified Swiss chronometer to ensure its accuracy. While the Datejust is typically known for having the classic Rolex Jubilee bracelet, Kevin’s sported the more subtle stainless steel Oyster bracelet.

Kevin is a fan favorite on the PGA Tour and it is always great to see him walk into the winner’s circle. I hope to see more of his watch collection and more of his smiling face holding trophies in the future.

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WOTW: Viktor Hovland’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked

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Viktor Hovland’s watch was what looked to be an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked after winning the Mayakoba Classic. Viktor made birdie on 18 Sunday to capture the win over Aaron Wise. The Mayakoba was Viktor’s second win on the PGA Tour and he was grinning ear-to-ear while holding up that chameleon trophy.

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Reference: 15407ST.OO.1220ST.01
Year: 2016 – Present
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Slate Grey Openworked
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 3132, 38 Jewels
Power Reserve: 45 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless steel
Price: $55,100 (secondary market: ~$110,000)

Hovland joined the very talented Audemars Piguet “Golf Dream Team” last year in July. But being new on the AP team didn’t stop him from wearing a very special piece! Audemars Piguet has been a big part of golf for years now, partnering with some of the biggest names in golf.

The Royal Oak has been the crown jewel in the Audemars Piguet line since 1972. Audemars Piguet’s Openworked is their take on skeleton dial where you can see the movement. AP has been making an Openworked model since 2010 and this current version since 2016.

The first thing you notice on this Royal Oak is the view of the beautiful movement in place of a traditional dial. The Calibre 3132 is built in-house by AP and contains 245 parts. Just about every slate grey, silver, and pink gold part of the 3132 are hand finished. The other big story of the 3132 is the double balance wheels and dual balance springs. The two are set against each other to self-regulate by reducing the force against the sides of the jewels.

The case on Viktor’s Royal Oak is 41mm and made from stainless steel, but is also fairly thin and just under 10mm tall. The bezel is of course the iconic Audemars Piguet octagon that is held down by 8 hex screws. The back of the case features a display window to view the back of the 3132 and its pink gold self-winding rotor.

That display window is made from the same sapphire crystal that the front of the watch uses. Surrounding the skeleton dial are pink gold hour markers and matching hour, minute, and second hands filled with luminescent material for reading in low light. The Royal Oak bracelet is crafted from stainless steel and comes together with a folding clasp with an AP logo. There is also an all pink gold version of this watch, that I personally love, for an additional $27,000.

Viktor Hovland is one of the young players that will be the future of the PGA Tour and it was great to see him get another win. I know we will see more of him winning and hopefully more beautiful watches on his wrist!

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WOTW: Christiaan Bezuidenhout’s IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42

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With the PGA Tour off this week, we head to South Africa for the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Local South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout won by 4 strokes over Richard Bland for his 2nd European Tour win! Christiaan held the feline-inspired trophy with a very beautiful IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42 in stainless steel on his wrist.

WOTW Specs

Watch: IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42
Reference: IW344203
Year: 2020
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Dial: White Chronograph, Moonphase
Size: 42.4mm
Movement: 82650 Calibre, 46 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 30 Meters
Bracelet: Santoni Black Alligator Strap
Price: $22,900

IWC. International Watch Company, was founded in 1868 by American engineer Florentine Ariosto Jones. He moved to Switzerland and purchased some of the most modern equipment with the idea of creating precision timepieces for the American market.

The Portugieser is one of the most iconic names under the IWC brand. Christiaan has on what looked like the Perpetual Calendar version of the legendary watch. A perpetual calendar is one of the most complicated movements to develop in the watch world. IWC’s 82650 Calibre movement will keep track of the time, date, day, month, leap year, and moon phase for the next 577 years! That means that you only have to set the watch one time, as long as you keep it wound, and it will accommodate all the different days of the months and leap years by itself.

The 82650 is a self-winding automatic movement with 60 hours of power reserve and containing 46 jewels. All the parts that are subject to any stress are crafted out of ceramic for its wear-free durability. The stainless steel case is finished in a perfect mirror polish and has a very classical look. It is 42.4mm with a sapphire crystal display back so you can admire that 82650 movement.

The dial on the Portugieser is done in a brilliant white and is finished with polished gold hour markers and hands. The subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock show the date and the day while the bottom subdial shows the month and contains the moon phase dial. The dial is covered by a large domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on each side.

The strap on the Portugieser is crafted out of black alligator leather by Santoni. Santoni has been a luxury leather crafter for many years and is known for its very high-end craftsmanship.

It was great to still be able to watch a little golf while the PGA Tour was off. I want to give a huge congratulations to Christiaan on his second win, and I love the fact that he was wearing such a classy IWC Portugieser on his wrist. They aren’t watches that you see every day, and that makes you appreciate them that much more.

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