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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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WOTW Special Edition: Masters champion Dustin Johnson’s partnership with Hublot Watches

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This past Sunday, Dustin Johnson won the Masters in historic fashion, setting the tournament scoring record with an impressive 20 under par final tally. As is the tradition at the Masters, Dustin received his green jacket from the previous year’s winner, Tiger Woods, and on DJ’s wrist was his usual timepiece, a Hublot Big Bang Chronograph “Beverly Hills.”

Dustin and Hublot formed their partnership back in 2017, but it wasn’t as simple as just shaking hands, signing a check, and putting DJ’s face in some ads. While doing research to find information on Dustin’s very rare Hublot watch—one of only 25 pieces in the world—I was fortunate enough to get in contact with his long-time manager, David Winkle. Being a fellow fan of watches, David was kind enough to put me in touch with a contact at Hublot who identified the limited edition piece on Dustin’s wrist. 

David also kindly offered to give me some details and peek behind the curtain of how the partnership between Dustin and Hublot came to be. As a fan of both golf and watches, you can imagine that it took me less than a second to say “Yes!”

But before we get to that, here are the specs of DJ’s favorite piece.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Hublot Big Bang Chronograph “Beverly Hills”
Reference: 301.KX.1779.LR.BHB17
Limited: Yes, 25 Pieces
Date: 2017
Case:  Tungsten
Bezel: Tungsten
Dial: Blue Carbon Fiber
Size: 44mm
Movement: HUB4100
Power Reserve: 42 Hours
Glass: Anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Alligator and Blue Rubber
Price: Unknown

David Winkle, CEO of Hambric Sports and Dustin’s manager, has had the fortune of watching DJ grow up in golf, following him since he was a promising college player. From early on, he knew that Dustin was going to be a superstar on the PGA Tour, not only because he had incredible talent on the golf course, but because of the way he was always true to himself. 

Early on, Dustin showed that he was a little different than other golfers around him, having fantastic taste and a more advanced understanding of fashion and style at such a young age. But watch partnerships are very coveted and actually harder to put in place than one might think. Partnerships between companies have to be the right fit, and that doesn’t mean just the monetary amounts—style and being part of the athletes expression of themselves are major factors. Equally, brands are looking for partners that they can try new advertising ideas with and who are open to being a part of their culture. 

The “holy grail” of partnerships is one where you have a great, established brand that the athlete loves and the brand really loves the athlete. Dustin and Hublot found that perfect match, and from what David told me, Dustin has even become friends with Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe. 

Talks with Hublot started in 2014 as Dustin was a fan of their brand and loved the unique style that Hublot was offering in its watches. Nothing materialized from the initial discussion—and that frequently happens in these deals. Timing is such a big part of a watch partnership, and for the next two years, it just wasn’t right and no deal was signed. David told me that the issues in timing usually consist of brand initiatives, finances, and athlete status in their sport. 

Fast forward to 2016, and Dustin starts off the year playing very well and wins his first major championship, the U.S. Open at Oakmont. At the same time a good friend of David’s started working as a consultant for Hublot, so the two started talking again about a partnership. Dustin finally signed a deal with Hublot in 2017 to become an ambassador for the brand. Dustin loved that he got along so well with the executives and was open to being a part of the company’s advertising plan—when Hublot introduced the Big Bang UNICO Golf watch in Shanghai, Dustin was a huge part of the product launch.

Dustin and Hublot have found that perfect, “holy grail” partnership that so many athletes hope to land. It has to help to have a match-maker like David Winkle, who has been in the sports management world for 34 years, helping guide Dustin to these opportunities.

Now, how about that Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Pave that he was wearing at the pre-Masters interview!

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WOTW: Ally McDonald’s Rolex Datejust 36 “White Roman”

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Ally McDonald turned 28 on Sunday and celebrated with her first win at the LPGA Tour’s Drive On Championship. She shot -3 on Sunday to win by one shot over Danielle Kang. Like all golf tournaments, she received a trophy for her win, but she also received what looked like a Rolex Datejust 36 in stainless steel and rose gold!

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Watch: Rolex Datejust 36
Reference: 126231-0015
Year: 2018
Limited: No
Case: 904L Oysterseel
Bezel: Everose Gold, Fluted
Dial: White with Roman Numerals
Size: 36mm
Movement: Caliber 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Jubilee Oystersteel and Everose Gold
Price: $12,000

The Rolex Datejust has been one of the most popular Rolex models since it was introduced in 1945. That Datejust release was to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary and was only available in 18ct gold. Ally’s Datejust is also made from gold, but it is Rolex’s own Everose gold alloy that joins the 904L Oystersteel.

The Datejust is made in 41, 36, and 31 millimeter sizes to fit any size wrist. The images look like McDonald received the 36mm option that has a case made from Oystersteel, Rolex’s own stainless steel. The case features a screw-down caseback and a Twinlock sealed waterproof crown. The fluted bezel is another legendary Rolex design, and it is crafted from 18ct Everose gold. The fluted bezel was initially designed to help screw the bezel down to the case but now serves as a distinct feature on the Datejust. Inside the bezel is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a cyclops lens over the date at three o’clock.

The dial is classic while but the hour markers are Roman numerals, beautifully crafted from Everose gold. The dial is mostly hand-finished and all done in-house at Rolex’s factory, so they have complete control over the quality. The hour, minute, and sweeping second hands are all made from matching Everose gold and polished for a long-lasting shine. Inside the Datejust is Rolex’s 3235 self-winding, automatic movement that offers an impressive 70 hours of power reserve. The 3235 also includes their Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring for better efficiency and Paraflex shock absorbers for added durability.

The bracelet on McDonald’s Datejust is Rolex’s Jubilee style, done in Oystersteel and Everose gold. The Jubilee bracelet was also launched with the Datejust back in 1945. The 5 piece links are designed to be extremely adaptable and comfortable while on the wrist. The 36mm Datejust features Rolex’s folding Oysterclasp and contains an Easylink extension link to adjust the band 5mm for added comfort.

Congratulations to Ally for her first win on tour, that has to be the best birthday gift anyone could ask for. If you can’t win a golf tournament as a birthday gift, then a Rolex Datejust 36 in steel and rose gold would still be a wonderful second option!

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WOTW: Phil Mickelson’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold

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Phil Mickelson is two-for-two on the PGA Tour Champions, winning his second start at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic last weekend. Phil shot a stellar final round 65 to win by 3 strokes over fellow lefty, and former Master champion, Mike Weir. On his wrist throughout the tournament looks to be his new favorite watch, the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in rose gold and featuring a Rolex’s rubber strap.


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Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: m126655-0002
Year: 2019 – Present
Limited: No
Case: Everose Gold
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Matte Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oysterflex Rubber Bracelet
Price: $27,300

The Rolex Yacht-Master started life as a prototype in the ’60s but never was released to the public. It had to wait 30 years to finally show its luxurious style to buyers. Where the Rolex Submariner is the ultimate tool watch, meant for professional divers, the Yacht-Master is its more stylish sibling. Yacht-Masters are typically made from precious metals like gold and platinum and feature a more detailed embossed bezel. Phil’s Yacht-Master 40 was released in 2019 and features an updated movement with a 70-hour power reserve and the addition of the adjustable GlideLock system in the clasp.

As the name of the watch implies, this Yacht-Master is 40mm wide and has a case made from 18ct Everose gold. Everose is Rolex’s own rose gold alloy that resists corrosion and keeps its color even when exposed to saltwater repeatedly. The screw-down case back and Triplock waterproof crown help give the Yacht-Master 40 a 100m water resistance rating. The Yacht-Master bezel is an iconic Rolex style that sets it apart from any other watch in the line. The bezel is bidirectional and made from Everose gold, containing a matte black Cerachrom ceramic insert. The dial is finished in a matching matte black and has hour markers crafted from Everose gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for easy reading in low light. That dial is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that contains a magnifying cyclops lens over the date at 3 o’clock. Internally is an updated Rolex 3235 self-winding, automatic movement boasting 70 hours of power reserve. The 3235 is a certified chronometer containing 31 jewels and running at 28,800 VpH Holding the Yacht-Master on Phil’s wrist is a Rolex Oysterflex bracelet made from rubber. The Oysterflex contains titanium and nickel alloy “blades” that are encased in rubber for durability. There is also a cushioning system molded into the rubber for added comfort. The clasp is an Oysterlock with the new Glidelock system that lets you adjust the band length a total of 15mm in 2.5mm increments for the perfect fit.

Phil had been a long time Rolex Cellini wearer on the course and it is nice to see him make the move to a sports watch. The Everose Yacht-Master is perfect for hitting bombs and adds a style to Phil’s ensemble that only he can pull off. We haven’t seen the last of Phil, and his Yacht-Master 40, in the winner’s circle!

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