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WOTW: Billy Horschel’s Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT

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Billy Horschel captured his sixth PGA Tour win at the WGC-Dell Match Play this weekend. He outlasted a tough field, including Scottie Scheffler, whom he beat 2&1 on Sunday.

You could tell that this win meant a lot to him after a three-year drought, and on his wrist looked to be his trusty Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT that he wore at his last win.

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Watch: Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT
Reference: PAM00320
Limited: No
Date: 2009 – 2016
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Matte Black
Size: 44mm
Movement: Panerai P.9001, 29 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Caoutchouc Black Rubber
Price: $8,700 (Current ~$7,300)

Panerai isn’t a watch brand that we have featured on here very often. In fact, the only other time we have profiled one was this exact watch! Panerai is an Italian watch brand that was started back in 1860 by Giovanni Panerai. He not only owned a watch shop, but he also started Florence’s first watchmaking school. For many years Panerai watches were only available to military personnel. Fast forward to 1993 and this is when we see the first Panerai offered to the public, the Luminor.

The iconic Luminor has been the face of the Panerai brand since. The Luminor 1950 3 Day GMT is a large watch with a 44mm case made from stainless steel. On the right side of the case is the very famous, very large, and patented crown protector. This arch of stainless steel not only protects the crown from damage but is actually used to lock down the crown in order to give the 3 Day GMT a 300m water resistance rating. There is a lever built into the protector that opens to allow the crown to rotate in order to set the time, 2nd-time zone, or manually wind the watch.

The smooth bezel is made from matching stainless steel and contains a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The dial is matte black and constructed using a sandwich technique. The 2 piece dial contains a layer that is filled with Super-LumiNova luminescent material. The top layer is matte black but the hour markers and numerals are cut out to allow that luminescent glow to shine through very bright. Panerai Luminor watches are highly regarded for their low-light glow.

Inside the 3 Day GMT is an in-house built P.9001 self-winding, automatic movement. The P.9001 contains 29 jewels and offers the wearer 72 hours, 3 days, of power reserve. This Panerai is a GMT and allows for the tracking of a second time zone for wearers like Billy who travel frequently. The back of the 3 Day GMT contains a sapphire crystal window to view that P.9001 movement and its power reserve gauge. This Luminor came with a crocodile leather strap with a stainless steel buckle, but it looks like Billy has changed that over to the Caoutchouc black rubber strap to hold this larger timepiece on his wrist.

I really want to see Billy in those octopus pants again, but since that probably isn’t going to happen, I would love to see him in a new watch or two. Hopefully, he can take a little of his winnings and put it towards another Panerai.

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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. Robert

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:04 am

    That is a good looking watch.

  2. Big GG

    Mar 30, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Finally someone thats not wearing a Rolex. Good to see Billy wearing a Panerai. Rolex has become a multicolored fashion watch. Everybody has one.

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WOTW: Watches From “The Match” Brooks vs. Bryson

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The Match was somewhat less exciting than I expected it to be, but thankfully there were a few nice timepieces before and after the event. Here are a couple of watches from the main players and commentators out in Las Vegas.

Brooks Koepka

Name: Rolex Sky-Dweller
Reference: 326938-0004
Limited: No
Date: 2018 – Present
Case: 18ct Yellow Gold
Bezel: 18ct Yellow Gold
Size: 42mm
Dial: Bright Black
Movement: Calibre 9001, 40 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 18ct Yellow Gold
Price: $46,650 (~$65,000)

The Rolex Sky-Dweller contains one of Rolex’s most complicated movements in the Calibre 9001. The 9001 is a self-winding automatic that is also an annual calendar, meaning you only have to set it once per year. There is an off-center ring on the dial that shows the 2nd time zone in a 24hr format and a small square above the hour makers tells you the month. There is also a date window at 3 o’clock that has a magnifying cyclops lens above it. The entire case and Oyster bracelet are made from Rolex’s own 18ct yellow gold alloy. They actually have their own foundry that makes their gold to ensure that it is durable enough for everyday wear. The retail price of a gold Sky-Dweller is $46,650 but they are not easy to find. If you need one now, expect to pay around $65,000 on the secondary market.

Bryson DeChambeau

Name: Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi”
Reference: 126710BLRO-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2018 – Present
Case: 904L OysterSteel
Bezel: Red and Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 40mm
Dial: Black
Movement: Calibre 3285, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Jubilee, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $9,700 (~$23,000)

Rolex’s GMT has been around since 1954 and was introduced as a pilot’s watch. The GMT is made to keep track of a secondary time zone for pilots to keep track of the local and home time. The current GMT-Master II features the same two-tone colored “Pepsi” bezel that made the original so iconic. The bezel is made from stainless steel and has a Cerachrom ceramic insert that is half blue and half red, same colors as the famous cola brand. The 40mm case is made from Rolex’s own 904L stainless steel and is very corrosion resistant, while being able to hold a fine polish. A black dial sits in the middle of the piece and is surrounded by white gold hour markers filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material. Inside the GMT is a Calibre 3235 self-winding automatic movement that is Swiss certified for accuracy. Bryson has chosen the more dressy Jubilee bracelet for his Pepsi, but the watch is also available with an Oyster bracelet as well. The “Pepsi” GMT is one of the most sought after watches in the world and unless you have an AMAZING relationship with your Rolex dealer, you will have to buy one on the secondary market. Unfortunately the price there is almost $14,00 over retail, at about $23,000.

Phil Mickelson

Name: Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold
Reference: 126655-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Present
Case: Everose Gold, 18ct
Bezel: Black Cherachrom Ceramic
Size: 40mm
Dial: Matte Black
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Glass, Cyclops Lens
Water Resistance: 100 Meter
Bracelet: Black Oysterflex
Price: $27,300 (~$37,000)

Phil has been wearing a Rolex watch on, and off, the course for what seems like forever. His go-to was typically a Cellini dress watch with a manual winding movement that is strong enough to handle the G forces from a golf swing. Recently he has been very fond of the Yacht-Master 40 on the Oysterflex strap. Rolex’s Oysterflex is an elastomer rubber with titanium “blades” that are molded into it. The blades give the band added strength and durability while the inside contains a patented cushioning system. Both sides of the strap come together with an Everose Gold Oyster clasp. The 40mm case is made from Rolex’s own Everose gold, a pink gold alloy that will not fade or tarnish over time. The iconic Yacht-Master bezel is made from Everose and contains a matte black Cerachrom ceramic insert with raised numerals that are polished. The matte black dial displays large hour markers, filled with Chromalight and a date window at 3 o’clock. Inside the Yacht-Master is Rolex’s 3235 automatic movement, containing 31 jewels and offering 70 hours of power reserve. Yacht-Masters may not be as collectable as its Submariner sibling, but the prices are still strong. If you can get one from your local Rolex dealer then it will set you back $27,300, but if you are heading to the secondary market expect to pay around $10,000 more.

Charles Barkley

Name: Glycine KMU 48 Limited Edition
Reference: 3848
Limited: Yes, 250 Pieces
Date: 2006
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Size: 48mm
Dial: Carbon Fiber / Orange
Movement: ETA/Unitas 6498-1, 17 Jewels
Power Reserve: 46 Hours
Glass: K1 Mineral
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Calfskin Leather
Price: $1,100 (~$1,000)

Glycine is not a watch brand that most people have ever heard of but it has been around since 1914. The small Swiss brand, based in Biel, makes quality timepieces that are influenced by aviation. The KMU 48 Limited was made back in 2006 and only 250 pieces were released to the world. The large, 48mm case is made from stainless steel and then sandblasted to a matte finish. The special dial is made from black carbon fiber and you can visually see the weave in it. Of course, the small subdial that contains the second hand is done in a highly visible orange. This subdial rests at 6 o’clock but covers a bit of the 7 & 5 on the dial. The caseback screws down and offers a display window, made from mineral glass, to view the manual winding movement. ETA is a large watch movement making company and supplies the 6498-1 for the KMU 48. The 6498-1 is manual winding so you must make sure to wind it before the 46hrs of power reserve run out. A soft, calfskin leather strap is dyed black and features white contrast stitching. A classic stainless steel Tang buckle keeps the leather strap together and on your wrist. Back in 2006 one of these 250 pieces would have cost you $1,100 and there aren’t many for sale at the moment. But right now it looks like you can pick up a nice example for around $1,000.

Congratulations to Brooks on winning in a dominating fashion. I think most of us expected a much closer event, but Bryson just couldn’t keep up. I know we will see more of Brooks winning very soon and let’s hope he breaks out a few new watches to go along with those wins!

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WOTW: Jason Kokrak’s Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 01

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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.

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Name: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 01
Reference: CAR2A1Z.FT6044
Limited: No
Date: 2015
Case: Stainless Steel Black PVD
Bezel: Stainless Steel Black PVD
Dial: Black Skeleton
Size: 45mm
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.

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WOTW Time Machine: Adam Scott’s first Rolex? A day-date 36 in Rose Gold from the 2016 WGC Cadillac

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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
Reference: 118205f-0059
Limited: No
Date: 2001
Case: Pink Gold
Bezel: Pink Gold Smooth
Dial: Black Arabic
Size: 36mm
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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