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WOTW: Daniel Berger’s Rolex Daytona in Black Ceramic

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Daniel Berger drained a long eagle putt on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach to claim his 4th PGA Tour win. While Daniel might not use the newest and shiniest clubs on tour, he was wearing one of the most sought after watches in the world on his wrist! He was sporting a Rolex Daytona in black ceramic as he held the trophy high in the ocean air!

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Watch: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Reference: 116500ln-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2016 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: White
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster 904L Oystersteel
Price: $13,150

In 1955 Rolex introduced a watch that they simply called the “Chronograph” and it was met by very minimal interest. They made a couple hundred per year up until 1961 when they discontinued the model. Rolex then became the official timekeeper of the famous Daytona race and introduced the Cosmograph in 1962, nicknamed the Daytona. Older and rare Daytonas now easily trade for over $100,000 and some have gone over the $1 million mark. Berger is wearing the latest edition of this famous timepiece, but good luck getting one at your local Rolex dealer. Daytonas are so popular currently that most dealers have closed their waiting lists as it is rumored that they were exceeding a 20-year wait. Now you can still get a stainless still Daytona, like Berger’s, but expect to pay about $18,000 over the retail price.

The latest Daytona is a fairly standard 40mm and the Oyster case is made from Rolex’s 904L Oystersteel. Rolex controls all their own alloys and Oystersteel is stainless steel that was created to be extremely rust and corrosion-proof while also taking on a longer-lasting polish. The legendary Daytona dial is hand finished in white and contains white gold hour markers that are filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material. The 3 sub-dial rings are done in black and lined for a luxurious shine in any light.

The “Daytona” name is printed in red over the 6 o’clock sub-dial and pays homage to the original versions. The dial is covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and surrounded by another iconic design feature, the ceramic bezel. The Cherachrom ceramic bezel is also extremely scratch resistant and much more durable than the previous stainless steel ring. The bezel features a Tachymetric scale that can measure speeds up to 400 miles per hour.

The 1965 model also featured a black bezel, but it was made from much more fragile Plexiglass. Inside the Daytona is Rolex’s 4130 self-winding, automatic movement that is a certified Swiss chronometer and tested for its precision. The 4130 also contains 44 jewels and offers 72 hours of power reserve. The Rolex Oyster bracelet is crafted from matching 904L Oystersteel and was first used on Rolex models from the 1930s. The bracelet has an Oysterlock folding clasp and Rolex’s Easylink extension link for easy adjustments.

While the Pebble Beach Pro-Am wasn’t the same without the amateurs, it was a great weekend of golf with unmatched ocean views. Congrats to Daniel Berger for his win, but maybe more so for getting his hands on a coveted Rolex Daytona!

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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. JT

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Price: $13,150…. LMAO.. good luck!

    • Brian Knudson

      Feb 19, 2021 at 8:14 am

      Exactly! If you can find them for anywhere close to $13k buy as many as you can!! Be ready to spend about $30k for that piece!

  2. WatchWRX

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Love the site but these articles aren’t golf.

    • Brian Knudson

      Feb 19, 2021 at 8:15 am

      It’s a golfer, on a golf course, winning a PGA Tour event? Sounds like golf to me!

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TAG Heuer announces Tommy Fleetwood partnership, adds new features to Connected Golf Edition Smartwatch

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The TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition smartwatch was introduced last summer and is the pioneer of luxury golf GPS watches. For 2021, TAG Heuer announced a new partnership with European and PGA Tour star Tommy Fleetwood as well as an update to the Golf Edition watch with a host of new features.

Tag Heuer set up a few minutes for me to speak with Tommy about the new partnership, the Golf Edition watch, and I even snuck in some club talk!

The first thing I had to ask him about was his passion for watches and if he was a “watch guy” before becoming a TAG Heuer athlete. Tommy discussed how he really wasn’t into watches before he started playing professional golf, but has now taken a good interest in the world of luxury timepieces.

You will actually be seeing the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition on Fleetwood’s wrist during tournament play, as he said he enjoys wearing it on the course. “I’ve been wearing it for a bit now, played a few tournaments with it, and feel more comfortable with it on my wrist,” he said.

I had a short time with the Golf Edition last summer and will admit that the watch has the most comfortable band of any golf-specific watch I have tried.

In terms of additional features, the updated Golf App offers improved hole mapping in both 3D and 2d modes. In the Golf App, the 3D mapping gets updated as well to show more texture and detail to give you a more immersive experience. The 2D mapping on the watch was already very impressive has been updated with more refined shapes and hole detail.

I think the graphics in the app and on the watch are some of the best in the industry. Interestingly, the visuals on both the watch and in the app were designed to mimic the visuals used on television during tournaments.

TAG Heuer’s Driving Zone technology takes the distance from previous tee shots to show the player a zone of where those shots would end up on the current hole. This allows players to more easily put together a better strategy on how to play the hole.

Speaking with Tommy, he explained how using the Driving Zone, along with the club distance tracking, has helped him with dialing in his new TaylorMade clubs this year. He said, “I’m out there with a new driver, and I’m like, yeah, that’s gone pretty good. All of a sudden, I’ve got really accurate information going out on the course in different conditions.”

TAG Heuer has also refined the Club Recommendation tool for more accuracy in helping players pick the right club for each shot. That feature can of course be turned off for tournament play or if it isn’t wanted by the player. TAG Heuer’s advanced scoring has been very popular with Golf Edition uses and the new version adds scoring for stable ford and match play along with the traditional stroke play.

The updates to the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition should make any owner even more excited about the watch and help them to shoot better scores.

“The more help that people get, the more that people will enjoy the game. The better your scores get, clearly the more enjoyment it brings to the game. I have a massive passion for golf, and I want people to enjoy and grow the game. Anything that is going to help with that is really cool.” – Tommy Fleetwood

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WOTW: Justin Thomas’s Rolex Daytona in White Gold *Updated*

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**UPDATE** New photos have emerged and the article has been updated with the correct watch model. Thanks to forum member Simmer7 for the information.

Justin Thomas came from behind to win The Players and add the coveted championship to his already impressive PGA Tour resume. JT shot a final round 68 to hold off a red-hot Lee Westwood and win by one stroke.

With emotions spilling out, Thomas held The Players gold trophy with a Rolex Daytona in white gold shining in the Florida sun.

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Name: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Reference: 116509-0071
Limited: No
Date: 2016 – Present
Case: 18ct White Gold
Bezel: 18ct White Gold
Dial: Bright Blue
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 18ct White Gold
Price: $39,350

The Rolex Daytona is the most sought-after watch in the world right now, with older rare models selling for well into six figures. Some of the rarest can go for over $1 million dollars when and if they become available.

Rolex introduced the “Chronograph” in 1955 to a less than enthusiastic market as Rolex was not known to be a maker of chronograph watches. Rolex became the official timekeeper of the Daytona auto race in 1962 and one year later added the nickname Daytona to their watch. The Daytona is made for auto racing with a larger tachymeter scale on the bezel to monitor speed around a track.

Justin was wearing what looks to be a current white gold version of the coveted watch, with a white gold bezel, that debuted in 2016. This bright blue dialed Daytona might not be as popular as the black ceramic version, but I think it could be a very valuable watch in the future.

The 116520 was the first Daytona to be fitting with a movement that was completely designed and built by Rolex. This current generation still uses that same 4130 movement to run all the dials. Crafted from polished 18ct white gold, Justin’s bezel has the tachymeter scale etched into it and filled with black lacquer paint. That gold bezel surrounds a bright blue dial that contains the legendary Daytona subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. The hour markers on the dial and hands are crafted from white gold and filled with luminescent material for easy reading in low light. The 40 mm case is crafted from Rolex’s own 18ct white gold that is made to be extremely corrosion-resistant for a precious metal. The Oyster case features a steel screw-down case back that seals the watch for a 100m water resistance rating.

Inside the case is a Rolex 4130 self-winding automatic movement that gives the wearer 72 hours of power reserve. The 4130 also contains Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring to help resist shocks and temperature changes. The bracelet on Justin’s Daytona is Rolex’s Oyster design that is made from flat links of matching white gold. The center links are polished to a mirror finish while the outer links are brushed for a contrasting look. The bracelet comes together with an Oysterlock clasp and Easylink adjustment link for comfort.

Congratulations to Justin on a great win at a big event! It is always fun to see him play well. He has already put together a great career and is far from done at his young age. I have featured his Rolex collection here a few times and can’t wait to see what pieces he wears in the future.

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WOTW: Bryson DeChambeau’s Rolex Sky-Dweller in White Gold

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Bryson again used his power to take on unimaginable lines and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In honor of The King, Bryson put on the bright red cardigan sweater and held that trophy high in the air with a Rolex Sky-Dweller in white gold on his wrist.

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Watch: Rolex Sky-Dweller
Reference: 326934-0003
Year: 2017 – Current
Limited: No
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Fluted Ring Command
Dial: Blue
Size: 42 mm
Movement: Calibre 9001, 40 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $14,800

The Rolex Sky-Dweller was introduced in 2012 and has been steadily growing in popularity. The Sky-Dweller is one of Rolex’s most complicated watches. It features a Ring Command bezel, made from white gold, that works with the mechanical movement to display the month, date, and second-time zone.

It is a pretty rare thing to have a bezel that works directly with a movement, but the Rolex 9001 does just that. The 9001 is a self-winding automatic movement that contains 40 jewels and offers 72 hours of power reserve. The 9001 was fully developed and built in-house by Rolex for the Sky-Dweller. Like all Rolex movements, the 9001 is a certified Swiss Chronometer to ensure that it is extremely accurate through all conditions. Sky-Dwellers have 42mm cases made from 904L Oystersteel and contain a screw-down caseback and crown to give them a 100-meter water resistance rating.

Under the scratch-proof sapphire crystal is a beautifully finished blue dial with an off-center ring to keep track of the 2nd time zone. The day of the month is shown at 3 o’clock like most watches, but the month is marked in a contrasting rectangle above the hour markers on the face. This way you don’t have to reset the date for months that are 28 or 30 days. The date system only requires 1 adjustment a year on the 1st of March. Hour markers are done in white gold and are filled with Chromalight, a long-lasting luminescent material. The bracelet on the Sky-Dweller is made from flat links of matching 904L Oystersteel. The outer links are done in a brushed finish while the center is polished to a mirror-like shine. The Oysterclasp contains Rolex’s own Easylink adjustment system that allows you to adjust the band 5mm for the perfect fit.

Bryson is starting to find his way and really win at an astonishing rate. Love or hate him, you have to respect the work he has put into his game and dedication to winning. I just hope that he expands his watch collection so it isn’t the same watch every week!

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