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WOTW Time Machine: Matt Kuchar’s $40,000 Patek Philippe Nautilus From The 2019 Presidents Cup

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The 2019 Presidents Cup was a very close and exciting event that not many of us expected. Most thought the U.S. team would stroll away with a big win and the International team didn’t let that happen. Kuchar made a birdie putt on 17, clinching the win for the U.S. team on Sunday and then put on what looked like a stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus to celebrate.

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Watch: Patek Philippe Nautilus
Reference: 5726A-001
Year: 2010 – Current
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Horizontally Embossed Black
Size: 40.5mm
Movement: Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H – 34 Jewels
Power Reserve: 35 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 120 Meters
Strap: Hand-stitched Black Alligator
Price: $40,940

Patek Philippe was started in 1845 by watchmakers Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe. They created pocket watches and well as watches that were pinned to clothing for queens. In 1868, they created the first Swiss wristwatch for a Hungarian royal.

In the world of high-end watches, Patek is considered among the best and their pieces are highly desirable. Patek Philippe hand-finish every part that goes into their watches to perfection, even the ones you will never see. It is said that Patek spends as many hours hand-finishing a single, hidden part as other companies spend finishing an entire movement. This is part of the reason why the Nautilus can carry a waitlist time of up to eight years depending on the model. The Nautilus was first introduced in 1976 and was given that name because it’s rounded octagon case and bezel looked like a ship’s porthole.

There are many different versions of the Nautilus sports watch and Kuchar seems to be wearing the 5726A that is slightly more complicated than a more standard 5711. The two big upgrades are the annual calendar and the moon phase dial at 6 o’clock. The moon phase complication is arguably the most useless complication in mechanical watches, simply telling you what phase the moon is in at that given time. The annual calendar is a bit more useful as it displays the month and day at 12 o’clock and only needs to be set once per year, on March 1st.

The 5726A’s 40.5 mm case is made from brushed stainless steel and incorporates a rounded octagon bezel made from the same material. The bezel is a work of art with its brushed and polished finish, giving it a luxurious yet sporty look. The back of the case has a window display that shows off the Patek Philippe made Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H self-winding automatic movement. The Caliber 324 is a 34 jewel movement with 45 hours of power reserve and contains 347 individual parts. This movement also contains Patek’s adjustable mass Gyromax balance wheel to allow more precise timekeeping.

The dial on the 5726A is iconic Patek, done in black with its “mini blinds” horizontal embossed pattern. Hour markers and hands are done in white gold so they don’t tarnish over time and are filled with luminescent material for viewing in low light. The moon-phase dial at 6 o’clock is surrounded by a 24-hour display and the date number below. All that is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The strap is a matte black alligator leather that is hand-stitched and comes together with a Nautilus logoed fold-over clasp.

The 2019 Presidents Cup was one of those that we will always remember. It was a great team win and there were a lot of memorable moments, as well as watches! Kuchar is a big watch guy and I would love to see him win a few more and show off a few of those pieces. Until then we can just admire that great choice the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A was!

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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. Kevin B

    May 5, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    40k watch and he stiffed his caddie that one tournament. Kuchar is a clown

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WOTW Time Machine: Dustin Johnson’s $108,000 Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang

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With the PGA Tour season done for the year, let’s take a look back to the 2021 Masters and what was on the wrist of Dustin Johnson. DJ has been a Hublot ambassador for years now and his go-to watch is typically a very rare Big Bang Beverly Hills. During the 2021 Masters, he was the one to put the green jacket on champion Hideki Matsuyama while wearing another rare watch, a Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Jewellery.

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Name: Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Jewellery
Reference: 601.OX.0183.LR.0904
Limited: No
Date: 2014 – Present
Case: 18k King Gold
Bezel: 18k King Gold
Dial: Sapphire Crystal
Size: 45mm
Movement: HUB4700, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Brown Alligator Leather
Price: $108,000 ($85,000)

Hublot is one of the younger luxury watch brands, started in 1980, and famous for the Big Bang line of watches. The Big Bang was the watch line that started it all for Hublot, earning over $2 million in sales its first year. Since then there have been a multitude of Big Bang models, limited editions, and inspired versions. Dustin has been a Hublot ambassador for a number of years and has formed a great partnership with them. Most of the time on tour he is wearing a very limited Big Bang Beverly Hills, with only 25 pieces made for the entire world. During the 2021 Masters, he was sporting something still pretty rare and far more flashy, the Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Jewellery.

The Spirit of Big Bang was first introduced in 2014 as a way to show that Hublot design was more than just round watches. The Spirit line sports a tonneau, rectangular, shape and is quite large at 45mm wide and 51mm long. The large case is made from 18k King Gold and supports 168 diamonds totaling 1.12cts. King Gold is a gold alloy developed by Hublot for their watches that contains more platinum for a warmer color and better finishing.

The caseback is made from matching King Gold and features a large sapphire crystal window to view the mechanical movement. The caseback is held in place with Hublot’s titanium H screws that have become an iconic design feature. A bezel made from King Gold sits on top of the case and is set with 60 baguette diamonds totaling 2.97cts. The bezel is also held in place with titanium H screws.

The dial on DJ’s watch is made from sapphire crystal and offers a window to view the internal mechanical movement. Polished King Gold hour markers surround the clear dial and matching gold hands are filled with luminescent material.

Inside the Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Jewellery is the HUB4700 self-winding automatic movement. The HUB4700 is based on a legendary Zenith movement, the El Primero, and modified for use in The Spirit. The HUB4700 runs at a frequency of 36,000 and allows for accuracy down to 1/10 of a second. The 4700 contains 50 hours of power reserve and runs smoothly on 31 jewels.

The strap is made of brown alligator leather and black rubber. A King Gold and black titanium deployment buckle clasp bring the strap together and keep it safely on your wrist. The retail price of this special piece is $108,000 but you can find nice examples on the secondary market for around $85,000.

I can’t wait for the 2022 Masters and all that it brings. I know some of the biggest names in golf will be wearing some different and special watches for it!

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WOTW: John Daly’s Rolex Yacht-Master II in Solid Yellow Gold

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The PNC Championship is always such a fun tournament to watch and this year was no exception. With fantastic golf played by everyone and Tiger making his first appearance in months, there was something for everyone. Fan favorite, John Daly, and his son played the best golf and took home the red belts! As John accepted his trophy, he did so with a Rolex Yacht-Master II on his wrist.

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Name: Rolex Yacht-Master II
Reference: 116688-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 18ct Gold
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Sapphire Crystal
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 4161, 48 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 18ct Gold
Price: $43,550 (~$50,000)

Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master in 1992 as a high-end companion to the Submariner. Typically made from precious metals, gold, and platinum, the Yacht-Master was designed to be more luxurious on the water. Fast forward to 2007 and the Yacht-Master II was introduced with more of the serious sailor in mind. Built with a mechanical countdown timer, the Yacht-Master II is used for synchronizing the start of sailboat races.

At 44mm, the Yacht-Master II is the largest model in the Rolex lineup. Made from Rolex’s own 18ct gold, the 44mm case is one solid piece. Rolex created their own foundry for creating metals and alloys that live up to the extremely high Rolex expectations. The caseback is crafted from matching 18ct gold and screws down to seal the watch and give it a 100 meter waterproof rating. On the right side of the case is a screw-down crown with a Triplock waterproof system and 2 pushers made from 18ct gold.

On top of the case is a 18ct gold bezel with a blue Cerachrom ceramic insert filled with gold paint that contains actual gold for an unmatched shine. The bezel not only is a beautiful piece, but uniquely functional. Ring Command is an engineering masterpiece created by Rolex that connects the rotation of the bezel to the mechanical movement.

Turning the bezel clockwise or counterclockwise will allow the user to set the time, date, and countdown timer. Using the bezel in conjunction with the movement is a pretty rare design and a special Calibre 4161 movement was needed. Designed and built completely in-house by Rolex, the 4161 is a self-winding automatic movement with many functions. The most complicated function is the mechanical count-down timer with a memory! The timer can be set between 1 and 10 minutes for starting sailboat races, but you can also reset the timer and it will go back to the same minutes you originally set it for. Along with the mechanical timer the 4161 also keeps extremely accurate time, as it is a Swiss COSC certified movement.

The dial on John’s Yacht-Master II is hand finished in white and is surrounded by yellow gold hour markers that are filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow. At 6 o’clock is a gold dial that keeps track of the seconds and from 8 o’clock to 4 is the countdown timer display surrounded in blue. All of the hands are crafted in yellow gold, polished, and filled with Chromalight as well.

The bracelet on the Yacht-Master II is the classic Rolex Oyster design, made from 3 solid links of 18ct gold.

The outside links contain a brushed finish while the center links are polished to a mirror finish. A folding 18ct gold Oysterlock claps brings the bracelet together and features Rolex’s Easylink extension for tool free adjustment. The Yacht-Master II, like all other Rolex models, is not an easy find at your dealer. While demand is not as high as something like a Daytona, expect to still pay over retail if you buy one on the secondary market. The retail price is $43,550 and if you have to get yours on the secondary market expect to pay around $50,000.

Congratulations to John Daly and his son, John Daly II, on winning the PNC Championship. It was a great weekend of golf and so fun to see families come together to enjoy this game. I know we will see more of John on the Champion’s Tour, and hopefully he has a few more gold watches to show off!

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WOTW Time Machine: Ian Poulter’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Schwarzenegger The Legacy”

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Ian Poulter won the Volvo World Match Play Championship back in 2011 and was wearing a pretty rare Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy” on his wrist.

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Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Chronograph
Reference: 26378IO.OO.A001KE.01
Limited: 1,500 Pieces
Date: 2011 – 2013
Case: Black Ceramic
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Black Méga Tapisserie
Size: 48mm
Movement: Calibre 2326 / 2840, 50 Jewels
Power Reserve: 38 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Glareproofed
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Aramide Fibres Strap
Price: $47,200 (~$32,000)

Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Offshore in 1992 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak. The original Offshore was very oversized at 42mm, making it the first oversized luxury sports watch. Since 1992 AP has made quite a few versions and limited editions in the Royal Oak Offshore line and Arnold Schwarzenegger has collaborated maybe more than anyone else. Arnold has worked with AP on about 11 models and this “The Legacy” is considered a celebration of all those limited editions.

The case is a massive 48mm chunk of lightweight black ceramic. Audemars Piguet designed the mammoth 48mm case size for two larger than life celebrities, Arnold and Shaq. I think the 48mm has only been used a very few times outside their signature pieces. The nice thing about the Black Ceramic is that it is very lightweight, durable, and extremely scratch-resistant. The high-tech ceramic that is used in watch cases is not the same brittle stuff that your favorite coffee mug is made from! This Offshore’s casebook is made from rugged titanium and etched with “The Legacy” markings and number out of 1,500.

On the right side of the case is a black ceramic crown and pink gold pushers that run the sub dial functions. On top of the case is the iconic octagon Royal Oak bezel crafted from matching black ceramic. The lightweight bezel is held down with 8 hex screws and holds the galreproofed sapphire crystal in place. Under that almost scratch proof glass is a black dial done in AP’s Méga Tapisserie pattern. The Méga Tapisserie dial is a set of raised squares with a texture in-between them. The hour numerals, hands, and inner bezel are crafted from pink gold. There is a date window at 3 o’clock and pink gold lined sub dials at 12, 9, and 6 o’cock. The pink gold hour and minute hands are filled with luminescent material.

Inside this watch is a Audemars Piguet Calibre 2326/2840 self-winding automatic movement. The 2326 offers 38 hours of power reserve and contains 50 jewels. The Legacy came with two straps, an aligator leather, and the Aramide Fibres black strap that Ian was wearing. Aramid fibers are synthetic fibers that are extremely strong and heat resistant, usually used in aerospace and military applications. The strap comes together with an oversize titanium pin buckle that has the Audemars Piguet logo on it.

Ian always has some exciting Audemars Piguet piece on his wrist and I expect to see something pretty fancy at this year’s Ryder Cup!

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