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WOTW Time Machine: Graeme McDowell’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix from the 2010 U.S. Open

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Graeme McDowell won his first major at the 2010 U.S. Open—a one-stroke win at the iconic Pebble Beach golf course. His even-par final round was good enough to earn him the Wanamaker trophy! With his popular painter’s style cap on his head and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix on his wrist, he happily raised that large silver trophy in the air.

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph “Grand Prix”
Reference: 26290IO.OO.A001VE.01
Year: 2010
Limited: Yes, 1750 pieces
Case: Forged Carbon Fiber
Bezel: Forged Carbon Fiber
Dial: Red/Black Negative Méga Tapisserie
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3126/3840, 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Glass: Glareproofed Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Calf Leather with Red Alcantara Inserts
Price: $34,500 (~$21,500 today)

Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore lineup in 1993 and since then it has become one of the most iconic sport watch lines in the world. It is the younger, but much larger, brother to the Royal Oak and typically takes design inspiration from the sea or the racetrack.

In 2010 AP created the Grand Prix special edition watches to celebrate the world of motorsports and their involvement. Audemars Piguet made 1750 of these Titanium and forged carbon fiber models, 650 18k pink gold, and 75 in platinum. Forged carbon fiber has been used in golf as well, Callaway used it in the crowns of their woods for a few years. It’s created by taking shredded carbon fiber cloth, mixing them with resin, and then pressing them into a mold to fit the desired shape. This process allows AP to create very intricate shapes and details that couldn’t be done with traditional carbon fiber.

The 44mm case is made from forged carbon while the right side, with the crown and pushers, is made from titanium. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore octagon bezel is made from matching forged carbon and held securely in place with 8 titanium hex bolts. Those bolts are matched on the titanium caseback where there is a window where you can see the Cailbre 3126 movement.

Inside that carbon bezel is a dial influenced by racing, the sub-dials are designed to look like gauges from a race car. The red and black Negative Méga Tapisserie dial contrasts really well against the gold inner ring. There is a date window at 3 o’clock and the glareproofed sapphire crystal has a magnifying lens over it. Inside this high-performance timepiece is a self-winding automatic movement made in house by Audemars Piguet. The 3126 runs at 21600 bph, contains 59 jewels and has 50 hours of power reserve. A hand-stitched calf leather strap, with Alcantara inserts, and red piping wraps comfortably around your wrist. The leather strap comes together with a matching titanium pin buckle.

Graeme’s U.S. Open win was a great time for golf, and it was exciting to see a player not known for power win. Graeme hasn’t really been in contention in recent majors, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is a major winner and one of the nicest guys in golf. He has been seen with many more Audemars Piguet watches since then and hopefully, I can feature him again soon on WOTW.

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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

    Aug 20, 2020 at 4:52 am

    No everyones cup of tea, but still a super cool watch
    Its hard to go wrong with AP if you can afford it

    • Brian Knudson

      Aug 20, 2020 at 9:02 am

      The Offshore line tends to be more love/hate and flashy. I love the forged carbon case and bezel, but could do with a little less busy dial.

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WOTW: Phil Mickelson’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold

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Phil Mickelson is two-for-two on the PGA Tour Champions, winning his second start at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic last weekend. Phil shot a stellar final round 65 to win by 3 strokes over fellow lefty, and former Master champion, Mike Weir. On his wrist throughout the tournament looks to be his new favorite watch, the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in rose gold and featuring a Rolex’s rubber strap.


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Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: m126655-0002
Year: 2019 – Present
Limited: No
Case: Everose Gold
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Matte Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oysterflex Rubber Bracelet
Price: $27,300

The Rolex Yacht-Master started life as a prototype in the ’60s but never was released to the public. It had to wait 30 years to finally show its luxurious style to buyers. Where the Rolex Submariner is the ultimate tool watch, meant for professional divers, the Yacht-Master is its more stylish sibling. Yacht-Masters are typically made from precious metals like gold and platinum and feature a more detailed embossed bezel. Phil’s Yacht-Master 40 was released in 2019 and features an updated movement with a 70-hour power reserve and the addition of the adjustable GlideLock system in the clasp.

As the name of the watch implies, this Yacht-Master is 40mm wide and has a case made from 18ct Everose gold. Everose is Rolex’s own rose gold alloy that resists corrosion and keeps its color even when exposed to saltwater repeatedly. The screw-down case back and Triplock waterproof crown help give the Yacht-Master 40 a 100m water resistance rating. The Yacht-Master bezel is an iconic Rolex style that sets it apart from any other watch in the line. The bezel is bidirectional and made from Everose gold, containing a matte black Cerachrom ceramic insert. The dial is finished in a matching matte black and has hour markers crafted from Everose gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for easy reading in low light. That dial is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that contains a magnifying cyclops lens over the date at 3 o’clock. Internally is an updated Rolex 3235 self-winding, automatic movement boasting 70 hours of power reserve. The 3235 is a certified chronometer containing 31 jewels and running at 28,800 VpH Holding the Yacht-Master on Phil’s wrist is a Rolex Oysterflex bracelet made from rubber. The Oysterflex contains titanium and nickel alloy “blades” that are encased in rubber for durability. There is also a cushioning system molded into the rubber for added comfort. The clasp is an Oysterlock with the new Glidelock system that lets you adjust the band length a total of 15mm in 2.5mm increments for the perfect fit.

Phil had been a long time Rolex Cellini wearer on the course and it is nice to see him make the move to a sports watch. The Everose Yacht-Master is perfect for hitting bombs and adds a style to Phil’s ensemble that only he can pull off. We haven’t seen the last of Phil, and his Yacht-Master 40, in the winner’s circle!

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WOTW: Martin Laird’s TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16

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Martin Laird’s watch looked to be a TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 after his playoff win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Laird won on the 2nd playoff hole, over Matt Wolff and Austin Cook. It was Martin’s 4 PGA Tour victory and he was smiling ear-to-ear as he raised that crystal trophy in the air.

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Watch: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Reference: CV201AK.BA0727
Year: 2016?
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Black
Dial: Black Chronograph
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 16, 25 Jewels
Power Reserve: 42 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Price: $4,200

TAG Heuer created the Carrera line of watches in 1963 and was designed by Jack Heuer himself. The name comes from the Carrera Panamericana race and the watches are influenced by motorsports. Since then the Carrera has been on the main watch lines in the TAG Heuer catalog. Jack Heuer took over the company in 1962 and this was his project, a watch with classic lines and able to be worn while racing and with a nice suit. Laird’s Carrera Calibre 16 looks to be from 2016 and has aged perfectly, still looking just as classy as it did 4 years ago.

Created from stainless steel, the 41mm case contains a screw-in caseback that features an embossed image of the Argentine racing car driver, Juan Manuel Fangio. The screw-in caseback also helps give the Carrera 16 a 100-meter water resistance rating. Inside that stainless steel case is a Calibre 16 self-winding, automatic movement to run the watch. The Calibre 16 isn’t an in-house movement, but a movement based on an ETA 7750 and modified for TAG Heuer. The Calibre 16 contains 25 jewels and gives the wearer a 42-hour power reserve. The dial on the Carrera is done in black and features a date window at 3 o’clock. The hour markers are polished to match the minute and hour hands, and those are filled with luminescent material.

This is a chronograph and the additional sub-dials on the face are for timing hours, minutes, and seconds. The bezel is stainless steel with a black aluminum insert that has a tachymeter scale etched into it. Covering the dial is a sapphire crystal that is slightly curved and very scratch-resistant. The bracelet is matching stainless steel and done in a 2-tone finish. The center lugs are polished while the outer lugs are done in a brushed finish for a nice contrasting look. The stainless steel comes together with a deployment buckle for security and comfort.

Martin hit some amazing shots to win the Shriners and it was great to see him win again. Hopefully, he can keep some of that game going and we can see him in another TAG Heuer in the future!

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WOTW: Sergio Garcia’s Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL “Ultra Light”

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Sergio Garcia won his 11th PGA Tour event at the Sanderson Farms Championship. It was Garcia’s first win since his emotional Masters victory in 2017. This win also generated tears as he held off Peter Malnati and won the championship by one stroke. Sergio not only wore his Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-AXIAL “Ultra Light” while holding up that Rooster trophy, but he also played in it!

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Watch: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150 CO-AXIAL “Ultra Light”
Reference: 220.92.41.21.06.003
Year: 2019
Limited: No
Case: Gamma Titanium
Bezel: Ceramic
Dial: Sandblasted Grade 5 Titanium
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 8928 Titanium, Manual Wind
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Glass: Domed Sapphire Crystal, Anti-Reflective
Water Resistance: 150 Meters
Bracelet: Black Rubber Strap, Green Stitching
Price: $48,600

Omega is a Swiss company that has been making fine, luxury watches since 1848. Founded by Louis Brandt, they have been intertwined in the sports world, the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games, for decades. The Omega Seamaster has been one of the legendary watch names since it was introduced in 1948. The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150 CO-AXIAL “Ultra Light” is a lightweight, 55 gram, technology packed piece that is built to be used for sports. At 55 grams, the watch only weighs slightly more than a golf ball. The case is made from Gamma Titanium, a harder alloy that is used in the aeronautical industry.

The caseback is made from matching Gamma Titanium and contains a display window made from sapphire crystal. Omega went with a new telescoping crown for this Seamaster, tucking it away when it isn’t in use for more comfort and protection. On top of the titanium case is a grey bezel made from ceramic to further help keep the watch ultra-light and be very scratch resistant. The dial is crafted from Grade 5 Titanium and then sandblasted for the heavy matte look. Garcia chose to go with green accents and second hand, but those details are also available in red or blue. The dial features vertical lines that are now iconic with the Seamaster and the hour markers are filled with luminescent material. Covering the dial is a scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on each side.

At the heart of this lightweight is Omega’s manual-winding Calibre 8928 Titanium. This is the first movement Omega has ever done in titanium and it offers resistance to magnetic fields along with being super light. The 8928 is manual winding, so the user has to extend the crown to wind the watch. Omega’s Co-Axial escapement is featured for durability and better use of the stocked energy. The 8928 contains 29 jewels and offers the wearer 72 hours of power reserve. Holding the watch on Sergio’s wrist was a fabric strap with green contrast stitching that is secured with Velcro. This Seamaster also comes with an additional black rubber strap featuring contrast stitching done in green. The texture of the rubber strap looks to be influenced by the Golf Pride Tour Velvet and it comes together with a titanium folding clasp.

It is always great to see a former Masters champion win again, and that is the case with Sergio. We all know his struggles on the course, and it is good to see him finding his form—even if he is putting with his eyes closed! Hopefully, we will find him holding more trophies in the future and wearing different timepieces!

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