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WOTW: Viktor Hovland’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked

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Viktor Hovland’s watch was what looked to be an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked after winning the Mayakoba Classic. Viktor made birdie on 18 Sunday to capture the win over Aaron Wise. The Mayakoba was Viktor’s second win on the PGA Tour and he was grinning ear-to-ear while holding up that chameleon trophy.

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Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Reference: 15407ST.OO.1220ST.01
Year: 2016 – Present
Limited: No
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Slate Grey Openworked
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 3132, 38 Jewels
Power Reserve: 45 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless steel
Price: $55,100 (secondary market: ~$110,000)

Hovland joined the very talented Audemars Piguet “Golf Dream Team” last year in July. But being new on the AP team didn’t stop him from wearing a very special piece! Audemars Piguet has been a big part of golf for years now, partnering with some of the biggest names in golf.

The Royal Oak has been the crown jewel in the Audemars Piguet line since 1972. Audemars Piguet’s Openworked is their take on skeleton dial where you can see the movement. AP has been making an Openworked model since 2010 and this current version since 2016.

The first thing you notice on this Royal Oak is the view of the beautiful movement in place of a traditional dial. The Calibre 3132 is built in-house by AP and contains 245 parts. Just about every slate grey, silver, and pink gold part of the 3132 are hand finished. The other big story of the 3132 is the double balance wheels and dual balance springs. The two are set against each other to self-regulate by reducing the force against the sides of the jewels.

The case on Viktor’s Royal Oak is 41mm and made from stainless steel, but is also fairly thin and just under 10mm tall. The bezel is of course the iconic Audemars Piguet octagon that is held down by 8 hex screws. The back of the case features a display window to view the back of the 3132 and its pink gold self-winding rotor.

That display window is made from the same sapphire crystal that the front of the watch uses. Surrounding the skeleton dial are pink gold hour markers and matching hour, minute, and second hands filled with luminescent material for reading in low light. The Royal Oak bracelet is crafted from stainless steel and comes together with a folding clasp with an AP logo. There is also an all pink gold version of this watch, that I personally love, for an additional $27,000.

Viktor Hovland is one of the young players that will be the future of the PGA Tour and it was great to see him get another win. I know we will see more of him winning and hopefully more beautiful watches on his wrist!

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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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WOTW Time Machine: Justin Thomas’s Rolex Yacht-Master in Dark Rhodium

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Let’s take a look back at Justin Thomas and his Rolex Yacht-Master from the 2017 Tournament of Champions. Justin went low — not -33 low like Cam Smith did last week — when he won in the tournament in 2017. He was sporting a very bright green shirt and on his wrist was a very subtle Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in platinum and Dark Rhodium.

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Name: Rolex Yacht-Master
Reference: 116622-0003
Limited: No
Date: 2016 – 2019
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: 950 Platinum
Dial: Dark Rhodium
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $12,000 (~$16,000)

Justin Thomas has been a Rolex ambassador for a few years now and the young superstar has built up a good collection of watches. His Yacht-Master 40 in Dark Rhodium is one of my personal favorites that I wish he wore more. The Yacht-Master was first introduced in 1992 as the more luxurious and flashy sibling to the Submariner. The first Yacht-Master was solid gold and the line almost always has a precious metal designed into them. Justin’s Yacht-Master was introduced in 2016 and has been so popular that it was refreshed with an updated movement in 2019. Rolex uses the term Rolesium to describe this piece as it is their term for the combination of stainless steel and platinum. Wile there are platinum Rolex models, Rolesium is currently a Yacht-Master exclusive and not used in any other line.

The case is 40mm wide and made from Rolex’s own Oystersteel, a 904L stainless steel alloy Rolex makes in its own foundry. To ensure that Rolex gets the corrosion resistance and polish they demand from their steel. This is Rolex, so trusting another company to meets their high quality demands is out of the question. The case features a screw down crown on the right side that uses the Triplock waterproof system to help give the Yacht-Master a 100 meter waterproof rating. The caseback is closed, screws down, and is made from Oystersteel as well. On top of the case is the legendary and chunky bezel that is made from platinum. This bidirectional rotating bezel contains a 60-minute graduated scale and has raised polished markings on a sand blasted matte background. Inside the bezel is a dial in Dark Rhodium that is finished in a sunray texture that helps reflect light at any angle. White gold hour markers surround the dial and are filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material. The date window is at 3 o’clock and that is covered by a magnifying cyclops lens. The hands are made from polished white gold and the second hand is painted a light blue to match the Yacht-Master text on the dial. Rolex’s Oyster bracelet keeps this piece on your wrist and it is made from matching Oystersteel. Three solid flat links of Oystersteel are connected with the outside links having a brushed finish and the center links polished for a traditional look. Rolex’s Oysterlock clasp brings the bracelet together and offers an Easylink extension for added comfort.

Inside the Yacht-Master is a self-winding, automatic movement designed and built in house by Rolex. The Calibre 3135 also contains Rolex’s blue Parachrom hairspring for added protection from shocks and temperature changes. The 3135 is Swiss certified (COSC) for accuracy, like all Rolex movements. Demand for this watch is somewhat high and it still trades over its $12,000 retails price at around $16,000 on the secondary market.

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WOTW Time Machine: Dustin Johnson’s $108,000 Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang

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With the PGA Tour season done for the year, let’s take a look back to the 2021 Masters and what was on the wrist of Dustin Johnson. DJ has been a Hublot ambassador for years now and his go-to watch is typically a very rare Big Bang Beverly Hills. During the 2021 Masters, he was the one to put the green jacket on champion Hideki Matsuyama while wearing another rare watch, a Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Jewellery.

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Name: Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Jewellery
Reference: 601.OX.0183.LR.0904
Limited: No
Date: 2014 – Present
Case: 18k King Gold
Bezel: 18k King Gold
Dial: Sapphire Crystal
Size: 45mm
Movement: HUB4700, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Brown Alligator Leather
Price: $108,000 ($85,000)

Hublot is one of the younger luxury watch brands, started in 1980, and famous for the Big Bang line of watches. The Big Bang was the watch line that started it all for Hublot, earning over $2 million in sales its first year. Since then there have been a multitude of Big Bang models, limited editions, and inspired versions. Dustin has been a Hublot ambassador for a number of years and has formed a great partnership with them. Most of the time on tour he is wearing a very limited Big Bang Beverly Hills, with only 25 pieces made for the entire world. During the 2021 Masters, he was sporting something still pretty rare and far more flashy, the Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Jewellery.

The Spirit of Big Bang was first introduced in 2014 as a way to show that Hublot design was more than just round watches. The Spirit line sports a tonneau, rectangular, shape and is quite large at 45mm wide and 51mm long. The large case is made from 18k King Gold and supports 168 diamonds totaling 1.12cts. King Gold is a gold alloy developed by Hublot for their watches that contains more platinum for a warmer color and better finishing.

The caseback is made from matching King Gold and features a large sapphire crystal window to view the mechanical movement. The caseback is held in place with Hublot’s titanium H screws that have become an iconic design feature. A bezel made from King Gold sits on top of the case and is set with 60 baguette diamonds totaling 2.97cts. The bezel is also held in place with titanium H screws.

The dial on DJ’s watch is made from sapphire crystal and offers a window to view the internal mechanical movement. Polished King Gold hour markers surround the clear dial and matching gold hands are filled with luminescent material.

Inside the Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Jewellery is the HUB4700 self-winding automatic movement. The HUB4700 is based on a legendary Zenith movement, the El Primero, and modified for use in The Spirit. The HUB4700 runs at a frequency of 36,000 and allows for accuracy down to 1/10 of a second. The 4700 contains 50 hours of power reserve and runs smoothly on 31 jewels.

The strap is made of brown alligator leather and black rubber. A King Gold and black titanium deployment buckle clasp bring the strap together and keep it safely on your wrist. The retail price of this special piece is $108,000 but you can find nice examples on the secondary market for around $85,000.

I can’t wait for the 2022 Masters and all that it brings. I know some of the biggest names in golf will be wearing some different and special watches for it!

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WOTW: John Daly’s Rolex Yacht-Master II in Solid Yellow Gold

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The PNC Championship is always such a fun tournament to watch and this year was no exception. With fantastic golf played by everyone and Tiger making his first appearance in months, there was something for everyone. Fan favorite, John Daly, and his son played the best golf and took home the red belts! As John accepted his trophy, he did so with a Rolex Yacht-Master II on his wrist.

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Name: Rolex Yacht-Master II
Reference: 116688-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 18ct Gold
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Sapphire Crystal
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 4161, 48 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 18ct Gold
Price: $43,550 (~$50,000)

Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master in 1992 as a high-end companion to the Submariner. Typically made from precious metals, gold, and platinum, the Yacht-Master was designed to be more luxurious on the water. Fast forward to 2007 and the Yacht-Master II was introduced with more of the serious sailor in mind. Built with a mechanical countdown timer, the Yacht-Master II is used for synchronizing the start of sailboat races.

At 44mm, the Yacht-Master II is the largest model in the Rolex lineup. Made from Rolex’s own 18ct gold, the 44mm case is one solid piece. Rolex created their own foundry for creating metals and alloys that live up to the extremely high Rolex expectations. The caseback is crafted from matching 18ct gold and screws down to seal the watch and give it a 100 meter waterproof rating. On the right side of the case is a screw-down crown with a Triplock waterproof system and 2 pushers made from 18ct gold.

On top of the case is a 18ct gold bezel with a blue Cerachrom ceramic insert filled with gold paint that contains actual gold for an unmatched shine. The bezel not only is a beautiful piece, but uniquely functional. Ring Command is an engineering masterpiece created by Rolex that connects the rotation of the bezel to the mechanical movement.

Turning the bezel clockwise or counterclockwise will allow the user to set the time, date, and countdown timer. Using the bezel in conjunction with the movement is a pretty rare design and a special Calibre 4161 movement was needed. Designed and built completely in-house by Rolex, the 4161 is a self-winding automatic movement with many functions. The most complicated function is the mechanical count-down timer with a memory! The timer can be set between 1 and 10 minutes for starting sailboat races, but you can also reset the timer and it will go back to the same minutes you originally set it for. Along with the mechanical timer the 4161 also keeps extremely accurate time, as it is a Swiss COSC certified movement.

The dial on John’s Yacht-Master II is hand finished in white and is surrounded by yellow gold hour markers that are filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow. At 6 o’clock is a gold dial that keeps track of the seconds and from 8 o’clock to 4 is the countdown timer display surrounded in blue. All of the hands are crafted in yellow gold, polished, and filled with Chromalight as well.

The bracelet on the Yacht-Master II is the classic Rolex Oyster design, made from 3 solid links of 18ct gold.

The outside links contain a brushed finish while the center links are polished to a mirror finish. A folding 18ct gold Oysterlock claps brings the bracelet together and features Rolex’s Easylink extension for tool free adjustment. The Yacht-Master II, like all other Rolex models, is not an easy find at your dealer. While demand is not as high as something like a Daytona, expect to still pay over retail if you buy one on the secondary market. The retail price is $43,550 and if you have to get yours on the secondary market expect to pay around $50,000.

Congratulations to John Daly and his son, John Daly II, on winning the PNC Championship. It was a great weekend of golf and so fun to see families come together to enjoy this game. I know we will see more of John on the Champion’s Tour, and hopefully he has a few more gold watches to show off!

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