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WOTW: Collin Morikawa’s Omega Speedmaster ’57 and Seamaster 300 from the PGA Championship

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PGA champion Collin Morikawa has to be the happiest 23 year old on the planet right now. He shot a 64 on Sunday to win the PGA Championship at Harding Park. Winning your first major at such a young age is so special and to celebrate Collin had two watches to look at!

Morikawa was wearing his Omega Speedmaster ’57 CO-AXIAL Chronograph while hoisting The Wanamaker trophy and received an Omega Seamaster 300 Master CO-AXIAL for his win!

WOTW 1 Specs

Watch: Omega Speedmaster ’57 CO-AXIAL Chronograph
Reference: 331.10.42.51.01.001
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Tachymeter Stainless Steel
Size: 41.5mm
Movement: Calibre Omega 9300
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Glass: Anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Price: $9,000

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Watch: Omega Seamaster 300 Master CO-AXIAL
Reference: 233.20.41.21.01.001
Limited: No
Case: Steel and Sedna Gold
Bezel: 18k Sedna Gold
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre Omega 8400, 39 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Glass: Domed Anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Steel and Sedna Gold
Price: $12,600

Omega has been a longtime supporter of athletics and is even the official timer of the Olympic Games. The company has been producing high-end, precision timepieces since 1848 when they were founded by Louis Brandt. In 1903 the name was officially changed to Omega, and since then, they have made some of the most iconic watches in history.

Morikawa had two Omega watches after winning the 2020 PGA Championship: a Speedmaster ’57 that he wore back in July when he won the Workday Charity Open and a new Seamaster 300 that was a gift from Omega after winning the PGA Championship.

We will start with the new Seamaster 300 Master CO-AXIAL, a legendary name in dive watches. The Seamaster was first shown to the public in 1948 during the celebration of Omega’s 100th anniversary. The Seamaster is one of Omega’s best selling models and is the oldest model name in the current lineup. Seamaster watches were influenced by watches that the British Military wore during World War II.

Fast forward to the current generation, the Seamaster 300 is a completely upgraded timepiece with a style that takes cues from its long heritage. Collin’s Seamaster is 41mm and the case is made from stainless steel and Omega’s own 18k Sedna gold. Sedna Gold is a mix of gold, palladium, and copper that offers a unique shade of rose gold while also being durable enough for dive use. Sedna Gold will hold it color and shine even after a countless number of dives. The unidirectional bezel is crafted from the same 18k Sedna Gold and contains a black ceramic insert that is virtually scratchproof. The black dial is sand-blasted for a vintage matte finish and the hour markers are filled with a version of Omega’s Super-LumiNova that provides that same vintage look. Super-LumiNova is a luminescent paint that glows extremely bright for easy reading in low light or underwater. Covering the dial is a domed sapphire crystal that has anti-reflective treatment on the inside.

On the back of the case is another sapphire crystal that allows you to see the self-winding automatic Calibre 8400 movement. The Calibre 8400 utilizes Omega’s CO-AXIAL escapement for better efficiency, durability, and resistance to shocks. The 8400 uses two barrels mounted in series for faster winding time and a 60-hour power reserve. Made from non-ferrous metals, the 8400 can also resist magnetic fields stronger than 15,000 gauss. Stainless steel and Sedna Gold, 3-piece bracelet hold the Seamaster 300 on your wrist. Each bracelet is made from solid flat links, the center being polished Sedna Gold while the outside steel links are brushed. A rack-and-pusher clasp allows for quick and tool-free adjustment to dial in the perfect fit.

Collin wore his Omega Speedmaster ’57 CO-AXIAL after he won the Workday Charity Open back in July and had it on again when he almost tossed the lid of the Wanamaker trophy into Lake Merced! The Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957 as a watch to use for timing of racing events. Omega has been big into timing racing as they have been the official timekeeper of the Olympics for years now. The current Speedmaster ’57 line pays homage to the original Speedmaster but implements current technology.

Internally, the Calibre Omega 9300 self-winding automatic movement contains Omega’s CO-AXIAL escapement for better energy transfer. The 9300 utilizes a silicon balance-spring on free sprung-balance, 2 barrels mounted in series for more efficiency, and a 60-hour power reserve. Protecting the 9300 is a 41.5mm stainless steel case with a large display back to view the movement.

On top of the case is a stainless steel bezel with a Tachymeter scale with a brushed finish. The black dial has large, rectangular hour markers filled with luminescent material and the date window at 6 o’clock. The dial also includes two subdials, one at 3 o’clock that is a 12 hour and a 60-minute recorder while the 9 o’clock sub-dial is for seconds. A sapphire crystal with anti-reflective on both sides covers the dial and is extremely scratch resistant.

Morikawa’s Speedmaster also features a bracelet crafted from flat pieces of stainless steel. Those flat center lugs are polished while the outside lugs get a brushed finish for a case-complimenting two-tone look. The bracelet comes together using a deployment clasp that has a large Omega symbol engraved in it.

I want to give a HUGE congratulations to Collin on his win and what will probably be the first of many majors! He has so many years ahead of him and will soon big a big star on the PGA Tour. Let’s just hope that he continues to expand his watch collection!

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WOTW: Christiaan Bezuidenhout’s IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42

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With the PGA Tour off this week, we head to South Africa for the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Local South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout won by 4 strokes over Richard Bland for his 2nd European Tour win! Christiaan held the feline-inspired trophy with a very beautiful IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42 in stainless steel on his wrist.

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Watch: IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42
Reference: IW344203
Year: 2020
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Dial: White Chronograph, Moonphase
Size: 42.4mm
Movement: 82650 Calibre, 46 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 30 Meters
Bracelet: Santoni Black Alligator Strap
Price: $22,900

IWC. International Watch Company, was founded in 1868 by American engineer Florentine Ariosto Jones. He moved to Switzerland and purchased some of the most modern equipment with the idea of creating precision timepieces for the American market.

The Portugieser is one of the most iconic names under the IWC brand. Christiaan has on what looked like the Perpetual Calendar version of the legendary watch. A perpetual calendar is one of the most complicated movements to develop in the watch world. IWC’s 82650 Calibre movement will keep track of the time, date, day, month, leap year, and moon phase for the next 577 years! That means that you only have to set the watch one time, as long as you keep it wound, and it will accommodate all the different days of the months and leap years by itself.

The 82650 is a self-winding automatic movement with 60 hours of power reserve and containing 46 jewels. All the parts that are subject to any stress are crafted out of ceramic for its wear-free durability. The stainless steel case is finished in a perfect mirror polish and has a very classical look. It is 42.4mm with a sapphire crystal display back so you can admire that 82650 movement.

The dial on the Portugieser is done in a brilliant white and is finished with polished gold hour markers and hands. The subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock show the date and the day while the bottom subdial shows the month and contains the moon phase dial. The dial is covered by a large domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on each side.

The strap on the Portugieser is crafted out of black alligator leather by Santoni. Santoni has been a luxury leather crafter for many years and is known for its very high-end craftsmanship.

It was great to still be able to watch a little golf while the PGA Tour was off. I want to give a huge congratulations to Christiaan on his second win, and I love the fact that he was wearing such a classy IWC Portugieser on his wrist. They aren’t watches that you see every day, and that makes you appreciate them that much more.

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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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