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WOTW: Joaquin Niemann’s Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman”

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Watch: Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman”
Reference: 116710BLNR-0002
Date Made: 2013-2018
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Bi-Color Cerachrom Ceramic Stainless Steel
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3186, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$14,000

Joaquin Niemann was wearing a Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (ref: 116710BLNR-0002) in stainless steel after winning The Greenbrier. Joaquin went wild at the first tournament of the PGA season, firing a phenomenal 21-under to win by 6! Under the sleeve of that dark green jacket, matching the blue glass trophy, was the “Batman.” The Rolex GMT-Master II in black and blue earned that nickname from the bi-color ceramic bezel that is the colors of the famous superhero. Joaquin was wearing what looked like the previous version of the GMTMaster II that was made from 2013-2018 and now trade for around $14,000, about $6,000 more than the original retail price.

The Rolex GMT-Master was originally created in the 1950s as a watch designed for pilots, making it easy to read two different time zones at the same time. The GMT-Master was durable, precise, and had a versatile appearance that has made it such a popular timepiece. The GMT-Master II that Niemann had on looked to be the previous version that was released in 2013 and made until last year. This was the first watch with a bi-color ceramic bezel that Rolex previously said was impossible to make. The two-tone bezel was originally created for pilots to distinguish day and night hours easily.

This black and blue combination was the first bi-color ceramic bezel GMT-Master II, followed in 2014 by the “Pepsi” version with a blue and red bezel. Inside the 40mm 904L Oystersteel case is the Rolex 3186 self-winding movement with 50 hours of power reserve. The 3186, like all Rolex movements, is a certified Swiss chronometer proving how precise and accurate it is. The 3186 movement also includes Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring for resistance to shock and temperature variation.

That signature bi-color ceramic bezel is bidirectional, meaning you can rotate it either clockwise or counterclockwise to monitor an additional time zone. The Oyster bracelet is made from 904L Oystersteel and was created by Rolex to ensure durability and corrosion resistance while also providing an outstanding polish. There is a sapphire crystal covering the black dial that includes a cyclops magnifying lens over the date at 3 o’clock.

Currently, the Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (ref: 116710BLNR-0002) is a very coveted piece and will require you to shell out about $15,000 for one! Even the new 2019 GMT-Master II “Batman,” with the Jubilee bracelet and 70 hours power reserve, will command a price well above retail. We all love seeing the superhero win at the end and Joaquin Niemann was that hero on Sunday.

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    Sep 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Always looking forward to this column!

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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.

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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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