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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: Collin Morikawa’s Omega Speedmaster ’57 CO-AXIAL Chronograph

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Collin Morikawa is a rising star on the PGA Tour and he proved yet again that he will be a force for a long time. Collin won his first World Golf Championship over the weekend with a 3 stroke win over the fellow youngster, Viktor Hovland. After winning he thanked recently injured Tiger Woods and held that WGC trophy in the air wearing his usually Omega Speedmaster!

WOTW Specs:
Omega Speedmaster ’57 CO-AXIAL Chronograph
Reference: 331.10.42.51.01.001
Limited: No
Date: 2013 – Present
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Tachymeter Stainless Steel
Size: 41.5mm
Movement: Calibre Omega 9300
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Glass: Anti-reflective Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Price: $9,000

The Omega Speedmaster has been around since 1957 and used for the timing of racing events. Omega has been a staple in racing as they have been the official timekeeper of the Olympics for decades. The current Speedmaster ’57 line pays homage to the original Speedmaster while implementing current technology. Internally the Calibre Omega 9300 self-winding automatic movement contains Omega’s CO-AXIAL escapement for better energy transfer. The 9300 utilizes a silicon balance-spring on free sprung-balance, 2 barrels mounted in series for more efficiency, and a 60-hour power reserve. Protecting the 9300 is a 41.5mm stainless steel case with a large display back to view the movement. On top of the case is a stainless steel bezel with a Tachymeter scale with a brushed finish. The black dial has large, rectangular hour markers filled with luminescent material and the date window at 6 o’clock. The dial also includes two subdials, one at 3 o’clock that is a 12 hour and a 60-minute recorder while the 9 o’clock sub dial is for seconds. A sapphire crystal with anti-reflective on both sides covers the dial and is extremely scratch resistant. Morikawa’s Speedmaster also features a bracelet crafted from flat pieces of stainless steel. those flat center lugs are polished while the outside lugs get a brushed finish for a case-complimenting 2-tone look. The bracelet comes together using a deployment clasp that has a large Omega symbol on it.

Congratulations to Collin on another big win in his short career. It will be great seeing him continue to win and hopefully build his watch collection!

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WOTW: Daniel Berger’s Rolex Daytona in Black Ceramic

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Daniel Berger drained a long eagle putt on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach to claim his 4th PGA Tour win. While Daniel might not use the newest and shiniest clubs on tour, he was wearing one of the most sought after watches in the world on his wrist! He was sporting a Rolex Daytona in black ceramic as he held the trophy high in the ocean air!

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Reference: 116500ln-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2016 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: White
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster 904L Oystersteel
Price: $13,150

In 1955 Rolex introduced a watch that they simply called the “Chronograph” and it was met by very minimal interest. They made a couple hundred per year up until 1961 when they discontinued the model. Rolex then became the official timekeeper of the famous Daytona race and introduced the Cosmograph in 1962, nicknamed the Daytona. Older and rare Daytonas now easily trade for over $100,000 and some have gone over the $1 million mark. Berger is wearing the latest edition of this famous timepiece, but good luck getting one at your local Rolex dealer. Daytonas are so popular currently that most dealers have closed their waiting lists as it is rumored that they were exceeding a 20-year wait. Now you can still get a stainless still Daytona, like Berger’s, but expect to pay about $18,000 over the retail price.

The latest Daytona is a fairly standard 40mm and the Oyster case is made from Rolex’s 904L Oystersteel. Rolex controls all their own alloys and Oystersteel is stainless steel that was created to be extremely rust and corrosion-proof while also taking on a longer-lasting polish. The legendary Daytona dial is hand finished in white and contains white gold hour markers that are filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material. The 3 sub-dial rings are done in black and lined for a luxurious shine in any light.

The “Daytona” name is printed in red over the 6 o’clock sub-dial and pays homage to the original versions. The dial is covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and surrounded by another iconic design feature, the ceramic bezel. The Cherachrom ceramic bezel is also extremely scratch resistant and much more durable than the previous stainless steel ring. The bezel features a Tachymetric scale that can measure speeds up to 400 miles per hour.

The 1965 model also featured a black bezel, but it was made from much more fragile Plexiglass. Inside the Daytona is Rolex’s 4130 self-winding, automatic movement that is a certified Swiss chronometer and tested for its precision. The 4130 also contains 44 jewels and offers 72 hours of power reserve. The Rolex Oyster bracelet is crafted from matching 904L Oystersteel and was first used on Rolex models from the 1930s. The bracelet has an Oysterlock folding clasp and Rolex’s Easylink extension link for easy adjustments.

While the Pebble Beach Pro-Am wasn’t the same without the amateurs, it was a great weekend of golf with unmatched ocean views. Congrats to Daniel Berger for his win, but maybe more so for getting his hands on a coveted Rolex Daytona!

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WOTW: Patrick Reed’s diamond covered Hublot Big Bang Pavé

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Patrick Reed won his 9th PGA Tour event at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, and when he held up that trophy and his Hublot Big Bang Pavé outshined everything else in the Southern California sun.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Hublot Big Bang Steel Pavé
Reference: 301.SX.1170.RX.1704
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel with 212 Diamonds
Bezel: Stainless Steel with 114 Diamonds
Size: 44mm
Movement: UNICO HUB4100, 25 Jewels
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Anti-reflective
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Strap: Black Alligator
Price: $30,470 ($29,900 + $570 strap upgrade)

Reed has a thing for flashy watches—just take a look at his white ceramic Hublot Ferrari—and this Pavé is about as flashy as you can get.

The Hublot Big Bang Steel Pavé is a stainless steel timepiece that is then factory set with diamonds on the case and bezel. The 44mm case and fixed bezel are created from stainless steel and use a combination of satin and polished finishes. The highlight of both pieces is the combined 2.47 carats of diamonds that are then set into each part. The diamonds they use are sourced from all over the world and are Top Wesselton grade for uniformity and quality. The 326 diamonds are set into the case and bezel using the “grain” method where 4 small claws hold the diamond in place. This is all hand done by Hublot and produces a sparkling look that stands out on any wrist.

The diamond-covered bezel is held in place by 6 H-shaped titanium screws that have become an iconic design in Hublot watches. The chronograph dial is finished in matte black with matching sub-dials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. On the outside of the dial are stainless steel hour markers that are filled with luminescent material for low light reading. This is all covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that is treated with an anti-reflective coating for easy reading in direct sunlight.

Inside the Big Bang Steel Pavé is a self-winding HUB4100 automatic movement with 25 jewels and 42 hours of power reserve. The HUB4100 movement can be seen through the display back case that is held tight with 6 traditional screws, giving the watch a 100-meter water resistance rating.

From what I can tell, the Big Bang Steel Pavé comes with a lined rubber strap, but Reed has opted for the Black Alligator upgrade. The Black Alligator strap has a backing of rubber and matching black stitching on the perimeter. Hublot makes it easy to swap out straps on this Big Bang, with just 4 H-shaped screws holding it in place. The strap comes together with a matching stainless steel deployment buckle clasp to securely hold it in place.

Patrick is one gritty player who can overcome some controversy, and he proved that again on Sunday. I know a lot of fans don’t agree with what happened on the course, but we can all agree that his Big Bang Pavé is something unique.

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