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WOTW: Webb Simpson’s Rolex Yacht-Master II

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Webb Simpson’s watch at the RBC Heritage was a Rolex Yacht-Master II in stainless steel. Simpson held off Abraham Ancer and last week’s champion, Daniel Berger (Also wearing a Yacht-Master!), to win at Harbour Town. Webb received the red tartan jacket for winning and peeking out from the sleeve was a white dial, with blue bezel, stainless steel Yacht-Master II.

WOTW Specs

Watch: Rolex Yacht-Master II
Reference: 116680-0002
Year: 2017 – Current
Limited: No
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: White
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 4161
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $18,700

The Rolex Yacht-Master II was first introduced in 2007 and features the first countdown timer that the wearer could program. That countdown timer also contains a mechanical memory and was designed for professional sailors racing sailing yachts. What sets the Yacht-Master II apart from everything else in the Rolex lineup is the Ring Command bezel that works with the mechanical movement to set the countdown timer between 1 and 10 minutes.

The Ring Command bezel is crafted from 904L Oystersteel and contains a Cerachrom ceramic in bright blue with engraved numerals. Cerachrom ceramic is very scratch-resistant and will not fade over time with exposure to UV rays and saltwater. The Yacht-Master II is a larger watch, measuring 44mm across, and is made from corrosion-resistant 904L Oystersteel. The screw-down caseback helps give the watch a 100-meter water resistance rating as well as the screw-down crown with Triplock.

The white dial is accented in blue and has hour markers finished in white gold and filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material for a long-lasting glow. The hour hand has a round disc on it, making it much easier to distinguish and tell time in low light. Covering that dial is an almost scratchproof sapphire crystal. Inside the Yach-Master II is a Rolex designed and built self-winding automatic movement. The movement not only tells accurate time but also handles the countdown timer and mechanical memory.

Containing 360 components, this engineering marvel took Rolex over 35,000 hours to develop and contain parts made by UV-LiGA micro-manufacturing. The Oyster bracelet on the Yacht-Master II is made from the same 904L Oystersteel. The 3 piece Oyster bracelet contains polished inner and brushed outer lugs to give it the classic 2-tone look. A folding Oysterlock safety clasp holds the watch on the wrist and the Easylink extension adds added comfort.

Webb has been on WOTW before, wearing a Rolex Daytona, and it is great to see him back. Winning a PGA Tour event has to be one of the best Father’s Day gifts anyone could get, but a Yacht-Master II would be a close second.

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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. Mower

    Jun 23, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Meh, that does not look like $18,700 worth of metal.

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WOTW: Haotong Li’s Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” in Stainless Steel

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Haotong Li won the BMW International Open in Germany after a one-hole playoff. This was Li’s third win on the DP World Tour and ends his four year winning drought. After sinking a long putt on the first playoff hole, Li celebrated by holding up the silver trophy while wearing what looked like a Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” on his wrist.

WOTW Specs

Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
Reference: 126710blro-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2021 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue & Red Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 3285, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $10,550 (~$24,000)

The GMT-Master II is currently one of the most collectable pieces in the Rolex line. It was first released in 1954 as a watch designed for pilots so they could keep track of an additional time zone when flying to new destinations. The current generation GMT is grown a little larger than the original but keeps the legendary Pepsi bezel colors. The GMT gained the Pepsi nickname from the two-tone bezel that is a similar blue and red that the cola company uses for their brand. Li’s GMT looks to be the newest version, reference 126710, that was released 2021.

The current GMT-Master II keeps the same 40mm case size as the previous version and it is made from a solid block of 904L Oystersteel. This version of stainless steel is harder to machine but is far more corrosion resistant than other grades. The caseback is solid Oystersteel and screws down into the case to ensure its 100 meter waterproof rating. On the right side of the case, protected by thick crown gaurds, is the screw-down crown that features Rolex’s Triplock sealing system.

On top of the case is the legendary GMT bezel that is crafted from Oystersteel. This bidirectional bezel features a Red and Blue insert that is made from Rolex’s Cerachrom ceramic for its lightweight and extreme scratch resistance. The numerals are recessed and filled with a silver paint that contains actual platinum in it for a luster that cannot be matched any other way.

Rolex originally used an acrylic called Bakelite in the first GMT Master models but it was brittle and scratched very easily. Aluminum replaced Bakelite in the late 50’s for its durability and was used up until the 2005 when Cerachrom was used on the 50th Anniversary GMT-Master II. That ceramic insert was black and it took Rolex until 2013 to perfect and release the two color inserts.

The black dial is surrounded by traditional Rolex hour markers that are crafted from white gold and filled with Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow at night. Traditional hour, minute, and sweeping second hands are joined by a fourth hand that tracks and additional time zone and is finished in red. All of those hands are crafted in white gold as well to ensure that they don’t fade or tarnish over time. The date window sits at 3 o’clock and is covered by a sapphire crystal with a magnifying cyclops window.

Running this complicated machine is Rolex’s Calibre 3285 perpetual, self-winding, automatic movement. The 3285 is a certified Superlative Chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) as are all Rolex movements. After the COSC certification Rolex then cases the movement and runs tests that are even more stringent to ensure the accuracy of the watch. A Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and Rolex’s Paraflex shock absorbers ensure that the 3285 can take shocks and temperature changes without effecting the precision of the movement. A power reserve of 70 hours allows you the flexibility to rotate this piece in your collection without having to reset the time and date.

Rolex’s Oyster bracelet first was offered in 1948 while leather or fabric straps were the more popular option. It is crafted from solid, flat links of Oystersteel with polished center links for a classic look. Rolex’s folding Osyterlock safety clasp holds the watch on your wrist and the Easylink extension link lets you dial in the perfect fit with 5mm of adjustment. This version of the GMT has been loved and hated by the collecting community since its release. Typically the GMT has been offered with the more dressy Jubilee bracelet but in 2014 a white gold GMT Pepsi was released with a white gold Oyster bracelet. The Oyster bracelet was an easy way to let people know you had the more rare and expensive Pepsi. The current version is wildly debated as to how it influences the price of the now discontinued (in 2018) white gold model.

Currently the GMT Pepsi is a highly sought after piece and watch fans are willing to join waiting lists that are years long to try and get one. If you are able to get in line, wait patiently, and get your GMT then you will pay the reasonable $10,550 retail price for it. If you can’t wait that long, or have no relationship with an authorized dealer, then you can expect to pay around $24,000 on the secondary market.

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WOTW: Matthew Fitzpatrick’s Rolex Submariner 41 Date in Stainless Steel

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Matthew Fitzpatrick played an amazing final round to capture his first Major Championship at The Country Club. He fired a solid 68 in his final round to best Will Zalatoris by 1 stroke to win the 122nd US Open. Fitzpatrick was all smiles as he held up the sterling silver trophy while wearing the famous Rolex Submariner on his wrist.

WOTW Specs:
Name: Rolex Submariner Date 41
Reference: 126610LN-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2020 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Black
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Rolex Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $10,100 (~$15,000)

Rolex has been making watches since 1905 when it was founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis. It took another 48 years before Rolex would introduce one of its most famous models, the Submariner. Offered to the public in 1953, the Submariner was built to feed the massive growth of diving as a hobby. The original Sub was rated for a depth of 100 meters, a very long way down a that time. The current generation Submariner was introduced by Rolex in 2020 with an updated case and movement. The Submariner has become a legendary watch and influenced almost every dive watch since its introduction.

The new case on the Submariner has been expanded 1mm, yes 1 millimeter, to 41 and it is made from of a solid block of 904L Oystersteel. Rolex chose 904L stainless steel because it is highly resistant to corrosion and takes a polish that lasts longer than traditional stainless. The right side of the case contains the crown that features Rolex’s Triplock waterproof system with triple seals to ensure the Submariner can reach a depth of 300 meters. The caseback is solid stainless steel and screws down into the case. On top of the case is the iconic Submariner bezel made from stainless steel with a black Cerachrom ceramic insert. The ceramic insert is extremely scratch resistant and features a diving scale that is etched into it. A sapphire crystal covers a black dial with large hour markers that are filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow that is easy to see underwater. The Submariner is available with and without the date, but Matthew chose to go withe the date that resides at 3 o’clock.

Inside the Submariner is an updated Calibre 3235 self-winding, automatic movement that was designed and built in house. The 3235 features Rolex’s Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers for added durability and accuracy. Thirty one jewels keep all the main parts moving smoothly and the perpetual rotor winds the watch to give you up to 70 hours of power reserve. A Rolex Oyster bracelet keeps the Submariner on your wrist and is crafted from flat links of solid 904L Oystersteel. A folding Oysterlock safety clasp keeps the bracelet together and contains the Glidelock system for extending the bracelet without the use of any tools.

The Submariner is one of the most popular Rolex models and there is a ton of demand for this iconic piece. The retail price on the Submariner has steadily increased over the past couple of years and in 2022 will not cost you $10,100 if you could find one at your Rolex dealer. If you really want a Submariner you can join the waiting list and hope you get yours in about 1-2 years or you can get one on the secondary market for around $15,000.

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WOTW: Rory McIlroy’s Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronometer in Green

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Rory capped off an impressive weekend at the RBC Canadian Open with a final round 62 and a 2 stroke win. The leaderboard was full of big names that all played well, but not good enough to catch him. Rory held that large silver trophy in his hands while wearing his Omega Seamaster Diver 300M in green on his wrist.

  • See Rory’s winning WITB here and his footwear here

WOTW Specs:
Name: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer
Reference: 210.32.42.20.10.001
Limited: No
Date: 2022
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Green Ceramic
Dial: Green Ceramic
Size: 42mm
Movement: Calibre 8800, 35 Jewels
Power Reserve: 55 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Green Rubber Strap
Price: $5,100 (~$8,000)

Omega produced its first prototype watches in 1848, all built by founder Louis Brandt. Since then Omega has become one of the largest luxury watch makers and you see there name all over the sports world. They are the official timekeeper of the Olympics as well as many other sports. Rory has been a partner with Omega since 2013 and has been seen wearing a wide range of Omega pieces over the years. Rory has even had his own signature Speedmaster (Ref: 331.50.42.51.08.001), made in solid yellow gold, that was made from 2019 through 2021.

The Omega Seamaster is one of 2 absolutely iconic names in the Omega watch lineup. The Speedmaster might be the slightly more popular sibling at the moment but both watches have been around for decades. The Seamaster, as the name implies, is a line of watches built for divers and carry a heavy nautical theme. Rory’s watch was part of a short run earlier this year where Omega did some different bezel, dial, and strap colors. The case is made from stainless steel, measuring in at 42mm, and features a display window in the caseback. The display window is made from sapphire crystal and gives a great view of the automatic movement inside the Seamaster. On the right side of the case is the traditional screw-down crown and on the upper left side is the helium escape valve. For dives to extreme depths gasses can build up in a watch and pop the crystal out of place or do other damage to the watch.

Inside the Diver 300M is a Calibre 8800 self-winding, automatic movement featuring Omega’s Co-Axial escapement. The escapement in a watch movement is one of the most important parts and the Co-Axial design helps bring more precision throughout the life of the movement. The 8800 is also very resistant to magnetic fields that can influence the accuracy of the movement. A 55 hour power reserve should be more than enough for most wearers.

The green dial is made from ceramic, matching the ceramic insert on the bezel. The unidirectional ceramic bezel features a diving scale that is finished in white enamel. The hour markers a larger and filled with a luminescent material for a bright glow in low light. The date window sits at 6 o’clock and the whole dial is covered with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Holding the Diver 300M on your wrist is a rubber strap in matching green. The strap comes together with stainless steel pin buckle for easy adjustment over a wetsuit.

Omega shows that this color way of the Seamaster is no longer available on its website, making it a little more valuable to collectors. The original retail on this piece was a reasonable $5,100, but now that it is discontinued the price on the secondary market has climbed to around $8,000.

  • See Rory’s winning WITB here and his footwear here
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