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WOTW: Michael Thompson’s Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M “Alabama”

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Michael Thompson won his second PGA Tour event in seven years this weekend, battling for the 3M Open. He emotionally explained how much this win meant to him and his family after the round and held that crystal trophy in the air with what looked like a Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M Quartz on his wrist.

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Watch: Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M Quartz
Reference: WAP1112.BA0831
Date: 2013
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Size: 39mm
Movement: ETA F06.111 Quartz, 3 Jewels
Power Reserve: 3 Years
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 300 Meters
Price: $1,585

Tag Heuer is typically considered motorsport and racing-inspired luxury watch brand, but the Aquaracer is their dive watch line for water sports. The line started back in 1982 as the Heuer 2000 line and was renamed in 2005 as Tag Heuer moved away from numeral designations.

Thompson’s Aquaracer may not be the most expensive watch we have featured, but I am willing to bet it probably has the most sentimental value. His version features the University of Alabama printed at 6 o’clock and the “A” logo at 9 o’clock. This is typically something that is purchased after graduation as a gift or moments of the time and work put into graduating. Thompson went to Alabama after transferring from Tulane, who’s golf program was shut down after Hurricane Katrina.

University of Alabama logo on the current Aquaracer 300M

The 2013 Aquaracer has a 39mm case that was built from stainless steel. The solid, stainless steel caseback helps seal out water to its 300-meter water resistance rating. The caseback has an old diving helmet engraved into it to remind the wearer that this was was designed for use underwater. On top of the case is a unidirectional, stainless steel bezel with numerals for use in timing dives. The blue dial has a sunburst effect that shines in the sunlight to give this Swiss timepiece a more luxurious look. Hour markers are done in polished steel and filled with luminescent material for viewing in deep, dark water. The dial also features a date window at 3 o’clock but the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal omits a magnifying cyclops lens.

Inside the Aquaracer 300M is a quartz movement made by ETA, yes this watch is battery powered. The ETA F06.111 is a 3 jewel movement that should run for 3 years on a battery while keeping extremely accurate time! A stainless steel, 3 lug, bracelet holds the 300M on your wrist. The middle lugs are larger and machines at a more aggressive edge to give the appearance of a 2 tone look. A deployant clasp keeps the band secured, but I am a little surprised that it doesn’t add the fold-over latch for added security.

It was great to see Michael Thompson win his second tournament, knowing the hard work and perseverance that he went through to get it. This win gets him into majors as well as the FedEx Cup Playoffs with chances to win some big money. I hope he plays well and can take a little to buy another timepiece as a reward!

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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. jgpl001

    Jul 29, 2020 at 4:02 am

    A Quartz movement Tag…. as a watch lover I feel ill…I would rather a $10 Casio
    In club terms it like having a Dunlop driver

    • Brian Knudson

      Jul 29, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Hard for me as well, lot of really good automatics out there in the same price range! But no automatic is close to as accurate as a quartz!

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WOTW: Jason Kokrak’s Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 01

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Jason Kokrak added a 3rd PGA Tour victory at the Houston Open. His 2 stroke victory over Kevin Tway was very special after having a rough few weeks struggling with his game. He held the large, chrome trophy in the air while wearing a Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 01 on his wrist.

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Name: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 01
Reference: CAR2A1Z.FT6044
Limited: No
Date: 2015
Case: Stainless Steel Black PVD
Bezel: Stainless Steel Black PVD
Dial: Black Skeleton
Size: 45mm
Movement: Calibre HEUER01, 39 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Rubber Strap
Price: $5,450 (~$3,200)

Tag Heuer has been around since 1860 when it was founded by Edouard Heuer in Switzerland. Since its beginning, Tag Heuer has been making chronographs and it is a craft they excel in. The Carrera line was introduced in 1963 and has a very strong automotive influence on their design. The Carrera Calibre 01 was brought out in 2015 and is a little different since it contains a skeleton dial. A skeleton dial allows you to see through the dial and view the mechanical movement in action. The dial has 3 subdials at 12, 9, and 6 0’clock that are lined in silver and dark grey. The hour and minute hands, along with the hour markers, are finished in stainless steel and polished. They are then filled with a luminescent material for viewing in low light. Skeleton dials are considered harder to read and the date window in between 3 and 4 o’clock is easy to miss. A sapphire crystal covers the dial and is surrounded by a black PVD coated steel bezel. The bezel has a smooth finish and contains a tachymeter scale for measuring speed. A 45mm case is on the larger side and made from stainless steel with brushed and black PVD finishes. On the right side of the case is the screw-down crown and pushers for working the chronograph.

The back of the case has a display window showing off the mechanical movement and rotor. The caseback is finished in a matching black PVD and held down with 4 screws. Inside the Carrera is a self-winding automatic movement made in-house by Tag Heuer. The Calibre 01 contains 39 jewels and gives the wearer 50 hours of power reserve. A black perforated rubber strap holds the watch on your wrist with a black PVD folding clasp bringing it together. The original retail on this Calibre 01 was $5,450 and they trade for a little over $3,000 now on the used market.

Congrats to Jason on another win, it is always exciting to see the long hitting Canadian hold up a trophy. I don’t know what kind of watch guy Jason is, but I hope to see some more pieces on his wrist in the future.

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WOTW Time Machine: Adam Scott’s first Rolex? A day-date 36 in Rose Gold from the 2016 WGC Cadillac

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Back in 2016, Adam Scott was having a phenomenal start to the year. After winning the Honda just a week previously, Adam followed that up with a win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He shot 12 under for the tournament, beating Bubba Watson by 1 stroke at Doral. When being presented with the WGC trophy, Adam had a classic Rolex Day-Date 36 in rose gold on his wrist.

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Name: Rolex Day-Date 36 Everose Domed Black Arabic
Reference: 118205f-0059
Limited: No
Date: 2001
Case: Pink Gold
Bezel: Pink Gold Smooth
Dial: Black Arabic
Size: 36mm
Movement: Calibre 3155, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Domed Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster Pink Gold
Price: ~$30,000 – $35,000

The Rolex Day-Date has long been called the “President” do to the name of the bracelet and the fact that it is considered a status watch. Rolex used to run ads that mentioned how Presidents wore Day-Date models. Released in 1956, the Day-Date has been the luxury watch to own.

The Day-Date was the first watch to have the full day and date displayed together on the dial. Since its introduction 65 years ago, the style has not changed much at all, including Rolex only making them from precious metals. Rolex has never made a steel Day-Date, except for a very few prototypes. The President nickname was based on the name of the bracelet that is typically found on the watch, also released in 1956 with the Day-Date. The President bracelet is made from 3 semi-circular links that give the bracelet a unique look.

Scott has been a Rolex ambassador his whole professional career and is well known as a big watch collector and fan. He has admitted to not knowing much about watches when he first started his relationship with Rolex in 2001 but has quickly become a connoisseur of fine timepieces. This Day-Date could be his first Rolex, as he explained in a 2019 GQ interview that he picked out a pink gold Day-Date with a black dial when he was first offered a watch. He also mentioned the Day-Date in a 2018 Hodinkee Radio podcast.

The case on Scott’s watch is 36mm and made from pink gold, but not Rolex’s current Everose gold. Everose is Rolex’s own pink gold alloy that was introduced in 2005. Pink gold is a mixture of mostly yellow gold and copper, with some other metals added for strength and to keep the copper from tarnishing.

The right side of the case features a screw-down crown that is used for setting the time, date, and day on the watch. The bezel on Adam’s Day-Date is a smooth finish, not the typical fluted design that is so famous on this model. The dial is black and features numeral hour markers in matching pink gold.

The day of the week is displayed in full at 12 o’clock while the date resides at 3 o’clock. Both change over instantly at midnight, so quickly that you probably can’t see it happen. With cheaper movements, you can see the date window start to creep as the time gets closer to midnight. Covering the dial is a domed sapphire crystal with a magnifying lens over the date window at 3 o’clock.

The case-back is made from solid pink gold and screws down to give the Day-Date a 100 meter water resistance rating. Inside the precious metal case is Rolex’s own 3155 self-winding, automatic movement. The 3155 is COSC, Certified Swiss Chronometer, and contains 31 jewels. 48 hours of power reserve is on tap from the movement that was originally used in 1988.

The bracelet on Adam’s Day-Date is a little unique. The typical bracelet is the President, but this model came with the iconic Rolex Oyster that is made from all pink gold. The Oyster is crafted from 3 flat links and features an invisible folding Crownclasp. Pricing for this watch has been hard to come by, but the few examples I have seen were listed for between $30,000 and $35,000.

Adam Scott is one of those legendary players who have truckloads of style to go with one of the greatest golf swings ever seen. I know we will see more of him and his watch collection in the near future, so keep an eye out.

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WOTW: Hideki Matsuyama’s Rolex Submariner Date “Bluesy” in steel and yellow gold

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Hideki Matsuyama won the ZOZO Championship with a birdie on the last hole to win by five strokes over Brendan Steele. Hideki finished all four rounds in the 60s to win the tournament’s unique circular trophy; when he held it high in the air while, he was wearing his usual Rolex Submariner “Bluesy” on his wrist.

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Name: Rolex Submariner Date Rolesor
Reference: 116613lb-0005
Limited: No
Date: 2013 – 2020
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Bright Blue
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster 904L Stainless / 18ct Yellow Gold
Price: ~$15,500

Rolex has been the biggest name in watchmaking for years. When anyone talks about luxury timepieces, the first thought is the 5 pointed crown from Rolex.

The Rolex Submariner is one of the most celebrated watches Rolex has ever made. Rolex has been making waterproof watches since it made the first Oyster case in 1926, so they were experts by the time the Submariner dive watch was released in 1953.

The Sub, as most watch fans call it, was a hardcore dive watch made for the emerging recreational diving market that was growing during that time. Diving techniques and equipment were rapidly evolving thanks to technology developed during World War II and bringing in a whole new audience to the sport. Since then, the Submariner has stayed pretty true to its original styling but has had many updates over these past decades.

I am guessing that Hideki is wearing the previous generation Submariner as I have seen it on his wrist for a few years now.

The 116613 reference of the Submariner was launched in 2013 and made until 2020 when it was replaced by the current model. The current Submariner has a 1mm larger case and boasts an updated movement with a 70hr power reserve. Hideki’s Sub has a case that is 40mm and is crafted from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel. The 904L stainless steel is made in Rolex’s own foundry and it is extremely corrosion resistant in order to take the heavy abuse saltwater diving puts on a watch.

The screw-down crown has a Triplock triple seal system to keep water out at a depth of 300 meters. The caseback is also screw-down and made from solid Oystersteel. On top of the case is a unidirectional bezel, crafted from 18ct yellow gold, and containing a blue Cherachrom ceramic insert. The Cherachrom ceramic bezel is extremely scratch-resistant and features a 60-minute graduated diving scale. The diving scale numerals are filled with gold paint that actually contains real gold for an unmatched look.

The bezel holds a sapphire crystal, with magnifying cyclops lens, that protects the Bright Blue dial. As with most Submariner models, this watch has earned the “Bluesy” nickname for its dial and bezel. The dial is hand-finished and features a sunray texture that helps reflect light at any angle. The hour markers and watch hands are crafted from polished yellow gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for easy reading in low light. The date window resides at 3 o’clock and changes over instantly at midnight with no floating of the date wheel as you get close to that time.

Inside Hideki’s Submariner is Rolex’s Calibre 3135 self-winding movement. The mechanical 3135 contains 31 jewels and Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring for added durability when dealing with shocks and temperature variations.

Rolex Submariners almost always come with an Oyster bracelet, a design first used back in the 1930’s. Since this Sub is a Rolesor model, the combination of stainless steel and gold, the Oyster bracelet is made from 3 flat solid links of Oystersteel and yellow gold. The outer links are steel and contain a brushed look while the inner link is made from 18ct yellow gold and polished for a unique two-tone look. An Oysterlock clasp hold the bracelet together and features Rolex’s Glidelock system for extending the bracelet, tools free, for the perfect fit.

The Bluesy market is fairly strong and demanding over retail prices when traded second-hand. This 116613 version sold for around $14,500 when Hideki wore it after winning his first major, The Masters, back in April. Six months later, this same watch looks to sell for about $1,000 more. Not a bad investment piece.

Congratulations to Hideki on his seventh PGA Tour victory and adding to an already stellar 2021 season. It is crazy to imagine that he is still only 29 years old and has a lot of golf ahead of him. I always hope to see players like him winning more and with different pieces on their wrist, but if it isn’t broke, I guess why fix it!

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