Dustin Johnson once again proved that he is playing some of the best golf in the world right now. He won the Tour Championship, and FedEx Cup, by 3 strokes over Xander Schauffele. As you would expect, DJ had a huge smile on his face and his trusty Hublot Big Bang Chronograph “Beverly Hills” limited edition on his wrist. Yes, I finally know exactly what is on DJ’s wrist!
Watch: Hublot Big Bang Chronograph “Beverly Hills”
Limited: Yes, 25 Pieces
Dial: Blue Carbon Fiber
Power Reserve: 42 Hours
Glass: Anti-reflective Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Alligator and Blue Rubber
I feel like I have been searching for this watch for WAY too long, but now the search is over. I was fortunate enough to get a reply from DJ’s manager who put me in touch with a person that gave me all the details!
Say hello to DJ’s Hublot Big Bang Chronograph “Beverly Hills” Special Edition! Only 25 pieces were made for the entire world in 2017 and even Google can only find a few Japanese websites that list it.
The “Beverly Hills” is a 44mm Big Bang Chronograph with the top and bottom pieces of the case being made from Tungsten, with a satin finish. Sandwiched between the 2 Tungsten case parts is a blue composite resin containing the blue rubber and stainless steel crown and pushers. The bezel is also satin Tungsten with a bezel lug done in the same blue composite resin as the middle case.
This case back is made from titanium and features the Special Edition engravings as well as a sapphire crystal window. The crystal also has “90210 B.H.” painted on the inside to pay homage to the Beverly Hills zip code. Each of the 25 units made has XX/25 engraved to prove that this is a very limited edition.
The Tungsten bezel is of course held down with 6 of the legendary Hublot H screws. If you have read my previous WOTW articles on this watch, you know that dial has been my biggest adversary. Well, the dial is crafted from Blue Carbon Fiber, as I had previously thought, with Rhodium plated sub-dials. The date window is at 4:30 and has white numerals on a black background.
The Big Bang’s hands and hour markers are done in a matching Rhodium that is satin finished. The minute and hour hands, along with the hour markers, are filled with a white luminescent for easy reading in low light.
Internally the “Beverly Hills” uses Hublot’s HUB4100 self-winding automatic movement to keep precise time. The HUB4100 is made from 252 components, including 27 jewels, and offers the lucky 25 owners 42 hours of power reserve.
The strap on the “Beverly Hills” is unique as well, being made from black alligator leather, blue rubber, and containing matching black stitching. The back of the straps has “BEVERLY HILLS” engraved and filled with grey lacquer that matches the stainless steel deployant buckle clasp.
The only spec I don’t know is the price, but I saw an old listing on a Japanese website for 998,000 Yen ($9,416) but I have to think these would go for substantially more now.
Dustin made his road to winning his first FedEx Cup look so easy—much easier than finding his exact watch reference. What a way to end a strange 2019-2020 PGA Tour season, which was more exciting than any of us could have hoped. I know we will see more of DJ—and his Big Bang “Beverly Hills”—holding up trophies next year! I hope he puts some of that $15 million into some more limited edition watches for us to find!
WOTW: Jason Kokrak’s Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 01
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.
Name: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 01
Case: Stainless Steel Black PVD
Bezel: Stainless Steel Black PVD
Dial: Black Skeleton
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.
WOTW Time Machine: Adam Scott’s first Rolex? A day-date 36 in Rose Gold from the 2016 WGC Cadillac
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
Case: Pink Gold
Bezel: Pink Gold Smooth
Dial: Black Arabic
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
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.
Name: Rolex Submariner Date Rolesor
Date: 2013 – 2020
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Bright Blue
Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster 904L Stainless / 18ct Yellow Gold
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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