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WOTW Time Machine: Henrik Stenson’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Dream Team” From The 2016 Open Championship

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Update: There were only 12 pieces made of this rare Offshore, 11 were for players and 1 was auctioned for charity at an Audemars Piguet event in November of 2016. The Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Dream Team” is also the first Audemars Piguet watch to use blue ceramic, the pushers on the side of the watch that control the chronograph function. Credit to @kirill_krjukov and @watchcollectinglifestyle on Instagram for the new information.

Royal Troon was the stage for the 2016 Open Championship, and it was an amazing two-man race between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson. Those two blew the field away and had a Sunday battle that would never be forgotten. Stenson ended up winning by three strokes while firing a final round 63. The Swede then held the Claret Jug proudly in the air while wearing a very special Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Dream Team” in white ceramic that was only made for specific golf athletes that year. It is by our GolfWRX definition: tour issue.

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Dream Team”
Reference: 26409CB.OO.A030CA.01
Year: 2016
Limited: Yes
Case: White Super Ceramic
Bezel: White Super Ceramic
Dial: Blue Méga Tapisserie
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3126 / 3840 – 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Blue Rubber Strap
Price: Never Sold at Retail

Henrik’s Royal Oak Offshore took a little time to figure out and even my contacts at Audemars Piguet didn’t know much about it. The Royal Oak Offshore was introduced in 1993 and quickly earned the nickname “The Beast” for its large, at the time, proportions. The Offshore is the larger, more rugged version of the iconic Royal Oak line that has been around since 1972. Henrik’s watch was part of a very limited edition that Audemars Piguet did for a select group of their golf athletes.

I looked everywhere for more details and production numbers on this Offshore, but haven’t really come up with anything concrete so a lot of this article is speculation. If I had to guess I would say they made between 10-25 of these models, making them extremely rare. Price? Well, they never came to retail and if one hit the 2nd hand market right now, I would guess it would command well over six figures.

The first thing I noticed about the photos of this Royal Oak Offshore was the bright white case and bezel that gleamed in the Scottish sun. That leads me to believe that the 44mm case and iconic Royal Oak octagon bezel are made from AP’s own white Super Ceramic. The brushed white ceramic case made of zirconium oxide, stabilized with yttrium oxide is virtually scratch-proof while also being very lightweight. The white Super Ceramic was about 500 Vickers harder than the already scratch-resistant Black Ceramic.

Audemars Piguet took over 600 hours to create this ceramic that is not only fade-resistant but also extremely durable. The Super Ceramic is not easy to work with and it takes over 12 hours to make the case while the bezel takes 8. The brushed finish is extremely unique and takes a lot of time to perfect, but for Audemars Piguet, there isn’t any other way.

And speaking of that iconic bezel, it is held down with eight hex screws that just add to the legend of the design. The dial is done in a dark blue with Audemars Piguet’s Méga Tapisserie pattern with the date window at 3 o’clock. The chronograph dial isn’t unique to the Offshore line, but with this special edition, they only made two of the sub-dials silver, while leaving the one at 12 o’clock blue. The blue dial is surrounded by polished hour markers on a white ring marking the seconds.

Inside the “Dream Team” Offshore is Audemars Piguet’s workhorse 3126 self-winding movement. The 3126 is a 59 jewel automatic with a solid 22-carat gold rotor and 50 hours of power reserve. That rotor spins on a set of ceramic ball bearings for smoothness. The display back on the case is made from titanium with a sapphire crystal window showing off the beautiful rotor and movement. All those pieces come together to give the “Dream Team” a water-resistance rating of 100 meters. This Royal Oak Offshore is finished off with a blue rubber strap connected to the case with titanium links and matching titanium pin buckle.

That 2016 Open Championship is arguably one of the most exciting majors to ever watch with two heavyweight contenders trading blows down the stretch. It was also really fun to try to dig up some information such a rare Royal Oak Offshore that very few will ever even see in person! I wonder what he could get on eBay for it?!

 

 

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I have been an employee at GolfWRX since 2016. In that time I have been helping create content on GolfWRX Radio, GolfWRX YouTube, as well as writing for the front page. Self-proclaimed gear junkie who loves all sorts of golf equipment as well as building golf clubs!

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  1. Ben

    Mar 24, 2020 at 5:21 am

    I’ll sleep better knowing which watch Stenson was wearing 4 years ago…

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WOTW: Lydia Ko’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold

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Lydia Ko, the young LPGA superstar, won her first even since 2018 at the Lotte Championship. Ko is a former world #1 that burst onto the LPGA Tour at age 15 and the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour ever. Lydia won by seven strokes and was wearing a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 as she held that silver trophy in the warm Hawaiian sun!

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Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: 126655-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Present
Case: Everose Gold
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Intense Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Oysterflex Rubber Strap
Price: $27,300

Lydia’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 with Oysterflex strap has started to become an increasingly popular watch with professional golfers. The trend for women’s timepieces has been larger diameters and precious metals, both features the Yacht-Master checks the boxes on.

The Yacht-Master was introduced in 1992 as Rolex’s ultimate luxury sport watch. It featured much of the capability that the Submariner offered, but made from precious metals and with a bolder style. Lydia’s Yacht-Master was released in 2019 and based on a 40mm case made from Rolex’s Everose gold. Everose is an 18ct rose/pink gold alloy that Rolex makes in their own foundry to ensure that it can stand up to everyday wear in the harshest conditions.

The case has a screw-down case back and crown made from matching Everose gold. The crown on the right side of the case is sealed using Triplock, a triple seal system to give the Yacht-Master a 100-meter waterproof rating. The legendary reverse-etched Yacht-Master bezel is made from Everose gold and black Cerachrom ceramic.

The matte black Cerachrom insert has raised numerals and graduations that are polished and extremely scratch-resistant. This Yacht-Master dial is hand finished in Intense Black and contains polished hour markers made from Everose gold and filled with Chromalight luminescent material. Chromalight offers a long-lasting blue glow that is easy to read at night or underwater. A date window is at 3 o’clock and is covered by magnifying Cyclops lens in the sapphire crystal.

The engine inside the Yacht-Master is Rolex’s own perpetual self-winding Calibre 3235 movement. Designed and manufactured completely in-house, the 3235 contains 31 jewels and offers 70 hours of power reserve. The 3235 is a certified chronometer and uses Rolex’s Chronergy escapement and Parachrom hairspring for better efficiency and precision.

You are seeing more and more of the Ostyerflex strap as Rolex wearers demand them. Osyterflex is a black elastomer strap that is molded around titanium “blades” for added durability as well as comfort. The strap comes together with an Everose Osterlock safety clasp, featuring Rolex’s Glidelock extension system to allow 5mm of tool-free adjustment.

This golf year has had a very good start with great players getting wins after long droughts. Lydia is a big name on the LPGA Tour and it is always better with her winning and playing well. I hope she continues to improve, win, and increase her watch collection in 2021. Maybe a 2021 Daytona with meteorite dial is in order?

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WOTW: Hideki Matsuyama’s Rolex Submariner Date in Blue and 18ct Gold

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Hideki Matsuyama is the 2021 Masters champion after an exciting round on Sunday. His round got a little shaky on the back nine, but he held on for a one-stroke win. Former champion Dustin Johnson put the green jacket on Hideki, who was wearing a very nice two-tone Rolex Submariner in blue and 18ct gold after his win!

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Submariner Date
Reference: 116613lb-0005
Limited: No
Date: 2013 – 2020
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Sunburst Royal Blue
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: 18ct Gold and Oystersteel
Price: ~$14,500

If you say the word “watch” to someone, I am willing to bet that majority of people will picture a Rolex Submariner in their head. The Submariner, or Sub as it is nicknamed, is THE sport watch to own in the watch world. It has influenced watch design for decades and could be considered one of the most historical watch lines ever produced.

The Submariner was officially released to the public in 1954 after years of prototyping and testing. Rolex had waterproof watches back in 1926, but the Sub was born from the needs of professional and recreational divers. Diving was getting very popular after the war and many divers were looking for watches that could handle deeper depths. The Submariner in stainless steel and black is one of the most classic and sought-after sport watches in the world right now, but Rolex also offers more luxurious versions.

Hideki’s Sub is crafted from Rolex’s Rolesor, a combination of 904L Oystersteel and 18ct yellow gold. Each of those alloys comes from Rolex’s own foundries where they control the metals to make sure they meet the rigorous demands of everyday wear and use underwater.

I believe Hideki is wearing the previous Sub that was released in 2013 and discontinued in 2020, since I have seen it on his wrist in many photos over the years. The reference 116613 has a case that is 40mm, compared to the 41mm in the current Sub, and made from 904L Oystersteel.

The case contains a screw-down back and a Triplock screw-down crown to give the watch a 300-meter waterproof rating. The bezel is crafted from yellow gold and contains a blue Cerachrom ceramic insert with 60-minute graduations etched into it. Those graduations are filled with gold paint that contains actual gold for a long-lasting luster that won’t fade. The dial is Royal Blue and finished with a sunburst effect to shimmer in the sunlight. The hour markers are large and done in matching yellow gold, filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for easy reading even underwater.

There is a date window at 3 o’clock that changes over instantly at midnight. Less expensive, and precise, movements start to change as midnight approaches and the date becomes off-center in the window. Rolex’s date windows stay perfectly centered until the stroke of midnight where they change over faster than you can blink. Inside is Rolex’s own 3135 self-winding, automatic movement. The 3135 is COSC certified as an Official Swiss Chronometer and gives the wearer 48 hours of power reserve. This movement contains Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring, offering resistance to shocks and temperature changes. The bracelet is Rolex’s Oyster, made from flat 3 piece links with an Oysterlock safety clasp. The outer links are made from brushed Oystersteel while the center links are made from 18ct yellow gold.

It was a great weekend for Hideki to get his first career major. The green jacket looks good on him, and I think everyone is excited to see what he does in the future. I would like to see him add a few watches to his collection, maybe a new 2021 Datejust with an olive green palm dial?

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WOTW: Jordan Spieth’s Rolex Daytona Oysterflex in White Gold

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Jordan Spieth is a winner again after winning the Valero Texas Open! It has been over 1,300 days since he last won, and I think we are all happy to see him playing at this level again! After his fantastic win, he put on the legendary black cowboy boots while wearing a white gold Rolex Daytona with an Oysterflex strap!

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Watch: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Reference: 116519ln-0027
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 18ct White Gold
Dial: Steel and Black
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 40 mm
Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Oysterflex
Price: $29,700

I said it 3 weeks ago when Justin Thomas was wearing a Rolex Daytona, and I will say it again here, the Rolex Daytona is the hottest watch on the planet right now! Watch enthusiasts and collectors all over the world are either waiting years for one or paying the substantial premium on the secondary market for one of these sport watches.

The Daytona was originally released as the Chronograph back in 1955 and it was far from popular with customers. In 1963 Rolex officially changed the name to Daytona as it coincided with their sponsorship of the famous auto race. Some of the oldest and rarest Daytona models can fetch $100,000 to over $1,000,000 depending on the model and condition.

Jordan’s Daytona is the reference 116519LN crafted from 18ct white gold. That 40mm white gold case is Rolex’s own alloy that was crafted to hold its lustrous color through years of everyday wear. This Daytona doesn’t share the mirrored high shine finish like its stainless steel siblings, but more of a warmer tone that lets you know it is something special. The iconic bezel is made from black Cerachrom ceramic that features a tachymeter scale filled with silver paint that contains actual platinum in it. The ceramic bezel is very lightweight and extremely scratch-resistant. The silver dial is called Steel and features a sunburst texture that allows light to reflect off it from every angle. The subdials are done in black for contrast and easy readying when using the chronograph. The hour markers on the outside of the dial are made from white gold, polished to perfection, and filled with Chromalight for a bright glow in low light. Inside the precious metal case is Rolex’s 4130 self-winding automatic movement. This movement was the first Daytona movement to be completely designed and built in-house by Rolex. Previous movements were made by Zenith and modified for use in the Daytona. The 4130 offers 72 hours of power and features Rolex’s classic blue Parachrom hairspring that offers shock and temperature resistance. The strap is Rolex’s Oysterflex made from black elastomer and titanium. Internally the rubber strap contains titanium “blades” that add durability while maintaining flexibility and comfort. The Osyterflex features the same Oysterlock safety clasp, with Easylink extension link, that the iconic steel or gold Oyster bracelet uses.

This is such a big win on so many levels. After the 2015 season that Jordan had, I don’t think too many of us expected a rough patch to last this long. It was great to see him win and get that weight off his shoulders right before the Masters. Keep the game sharp Jordan and don’t forget to wear something special—like a Hulk—at Augusta National!

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