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WOTW: Hideki Matsuyama’s Rolex Submariner Date in Blue and 18ct Gold

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Hideki Matsuyama is the 2021 Masters champion after an exciting round on Sunday. His round got a little shaky on the back nine, but he held on for a one-stroke win. Former champion Dustin Johnson put the green jacket on Hideki, who was wearing a very nice two-tone Rolex Submariner in blue and 18ct gold after his win!

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Watch: Rolex Submariner Date
Reference: 116613lb-0005
Limited: No
Date: 2013 – 2020
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Sunburst Royal Blue
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: 18ct Gold and Oystersteel
Price: ~$14,500

If you say the word “watch” to someone, I am willing to bet that majority of people will picture a Rolex Submariner in their head. The Submariner, or Sub as it is nicknamed, is THE sport watch to own in the watch world. It has influenced watch design for decades and could be considered one of the most historical watch lines ever produced.

The Submariner was officially released to the public in 1954 after years of prototyping and testing. Rolex had waterproof watches back in 1926, but the Sub was born from the needs of professional and recreational divers. Diving was getting very popular after the war and many divers were looking for watches that could handle deeper depths. The Submariner in stainless steel and black is one of the most classic and sought-after sport watches in the world right now, but Rolex also offers more luxurious versions.

Hideki’s Sub is crafted from Rolex’s Rolesor, a combination of 904L Oystersteel and 18ct yellow gold. Each of those alloys comes from Rolex’s own foundries where they control the metals to make sure they meet the rigorous demands of everyday wear and use underwater.

I believe Hideki is wearing the previous Sub that was released in 2013 and discontinued in 2020, since I have seen it on his wrist in many photos over the years. The reference 116613 has a case that is 40mm, compared to the 41mm in the current Sub, and made from 904L Oystersteel.

The case contains a screw-down back and a Triplock screw-down crown to give the watch a 300-meter waterproof rating. The bezel is crafted from yellow gold and contains a blue Cerachrom ceramic insert with 60-minute graduations etched into it. Those graduations are filled with gold paint that contains actual gold for a long-lasting luster that won’t fade. The dial is Royal Blue and finished with a sunburst effect to shimmer in the sunlight. The hour markers are large and done in matching yellow gold, filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for easy reading even underwater.

There is a date window at 3 o’clock that changes over instantly at midnight. Less expensive, and precise, movements start to change as midnight approaches and the date becomes off-center in the window. Rolex’s date windows stay perfectly centered until the stroke of midnight where they change over faster than you can blink. Inside is Rolex’s own 3135 self-winding, automatic movement. The 3135 is COSC certified as an Official Swiss Chronometer and gives the wearer 48 hours of power reserve. This movement contains Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring, offering resistance to shocks and temperature changes. The bracelet is Rolex’s Oyster, made from flat 3 piece links with an Oysterlock safety clasp. The outer links are made from brushed Oystersteel while the center links are made from 18ct yellow gold.

It was a great weekend for Hideki to get his first career major. The green jacket looks good on him, and I think everyone is excited to see what he does in the future. I would like to see him add a few watches to his collection, maybe a new 2021 Datejust with an olive green palm dial?

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  1. Ben

    Apr 14, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Great watch. Had one since 1966 (black and stainless steel – no date). Still runs today just as well as it did when I got it.

  2. George

    Apr 14, 2021 at 10:06 am

    WOTW is an awesome topic!

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WOTW: Sungjae Im’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold

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Sungjae Im recorded his second PGA Tour victory with a four-stroke win at the Shriners Children’s Open this weekend. The young tour pro has played some really good golf over the past couple of years, proving that his win last March wasn’t a fluke. Sungjae proudly held that crystal trophy in the air and looked to have a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in rose gold on his wrist.

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Name: Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: 126655-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Present
Case: 18ct Everose Gold
Bezel: Matte Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Matte Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Oysterflex Strap
Price: $27,300 (~$33,000)

The Rolex Yacht-Master was originally introduced in 1992 and was the first new model since Rolex debuted the Daytona in 1963! The Yacht-Master was designed to be a more luxurious sport watch with a nautical theme. The first version was crafted out of solid yellow gold and featured a larger, chunkier bezel. The Yacht-Master that Sungjae looked to be wearing was released about 37 years later, in 2019. The main design feature on the Yacht-Master is the larger bezel that is crafted from 18ct Everose gold. The uni-directional bezel also houses a matte black Cerachrom ceramic insert with a 60-minute graduated scale on it. The numbers and graduations are raised and polished for a distinct look. The case on the Yacht-Master is made from Rolex’s own 18ct Everose gold. Rolex takes their metal, precious or not, very serious and have their own foundry to crate each alloy. This foundry ensures that the Everose gold will not fade or tarnish with everyday wear. Rolex’s Everose gold was first introduced in 2005 and Rolex even went so far as to patent the alloy. On the right side of the case is a Everose gold screw-down crown with a Triplock waterproof seal to ensure the watch stays waterproof to 100 meters. The dial is finished in Matte Black and has the date window at 3 o’clock. The hour markers surrounding the dial and hour/minute hands are made from white gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material that glows blue in low light. A sapphire crystal covers the dial and features a magnifying Cyclops Lens over the date window for easier viewing.

Inside the Yacht-Master 40 is Rolex’s Calibre 3235, a self-winding automatic movement. The 3235 was designed and fully built in-house at Rolex and is a COSC certified Chronometer and is also certified by Rolex after it is installed in the case to ensure precision time-keeping. Seventy hours of power reserve is created in the movement and it contains 31 jewels. To hold the Yacht-Master on your wrist is Rolex’s Oysterflex strap, made from black elastomer. The Oysterflex features titanium and nickel alloy blades that encased in the rubber to improve durability white the inside of the strap has a patented cushioning system to ensure it is comfortable. The strap comes together with Rolex’s Oysterlock safety clasp that has their Glidelock system to dial in the perfect fit. The Everose Gold Yacht-Master 40 has a retail price of $27,300 if you can find one at your preferred retailer, but good luck on the search. These are hard to get your hands on and if you don’t have a solid relationship with an authorized dealer be ready to spend around $33,000 on the secondary market for one.

Congratulations to Sungjae Im on a terrific win and hopefully we will see many more for this young pro. I also hope to see some more terrific time pieces on his wrist!

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WOTW: Danny Willett’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in Stainless Steel and Black

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Danny Willett just won his 8th professional tournament at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Danny and the field took on the Old Course at St. Andrews and finished with a 2 stroke win over Tyrell Hatton and Joakim Lagergren. Danny stood on Swilcan Bridge and held the large trophy high in the air while wearing what looked to be an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in stainless steel and black.

WOTW Specs:
Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding
Reference: 15500ST.OO.1220ST.03
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Present
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Black Grande Tapisserie
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 4302, 32 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Price: $23,900

Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak in 1972, while the mechanical watch world was struggling to compete with quartz watches. The original Royal Oak was about 10x more expensive than a Rolex Submariner and at 39mm, was considered extremely bold. Since then it has been the most iconic and coveted watch line Audemars Piguet has ever made.

The 15500 Royal Oak was released in 2019 with an updated movement and display back case to view that movement. The current case is now considered tame at 41mm across, 10.4mm thick, and made from stainless steel. On top of the case is what makes the Royal Oak a Royal Oak, the octagon bezel. The bezel features a brushed finish on top while the sides are polished to a mirror finish. The bezel is held down with 8 of the famous hex screws and holds the glareproofed sapphire crystal in place. The black dial features Audemars Piguet’s Grande Tapisserie texture to give it some depth and reflect light from all angles.

Grande Tapisserie is a pattern of small squares that are beveled and require a lot of time to create perfectly. There is a date window at 3 o’clock and the hour markers are crafted from white gold and filled with a luminescent material. The hands and hour markers are made from white gold to ensure they don’t fade or tarnish over time.

Inside this classic Royal Oak is Audemars Piguet’s own Calibre 4302 mechanical movement. The 4302 is a simple self-winding movement by AP stanrdards, made from 257 parts including 32 jewels. The 4302 offers the wearer 70 hours of power reserve and view the mechanical masterpiece through the display back window on the back of the watch. The display back window is made from the same sapphire crystal as the face of the watch and held down with 8 screws that help give the Royal Oak a 50 meter waterproof rating.

The Royal Oak bracelet is another iconic AP design and from what I hear, extremely comfortable to wear. Made from matching stainless steel, it comes together at a folding clasp with the AP logo etched into it. Like most steel sport watches, the 15500 is hard to find at your local Audemars Piguet dealer. If you can get one through your dealer you can expect to pay the retail price of $23,900, but they aren’t easy to find. On the secondary market this Royal Oak will tend to set you back around $46,000.

Danny is a great player and always exciting to see him win tournaments. He has been on the Audemars Piguet team for many years and is usually wearing a great piece on his wrist. I can’t wait to see what exciting Royal Oak is on his wrist next!

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WOTW: 2020 Ryder Cup Team USA

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What an unbelievable victory it was for Team USA this weekend! Any golf fan had to be excited with the strong play from everyone on the team and seeing that gold trophy back on US soil was fantastic. I was watching for the golf, but also couldn’t help noticing some of the watches that Team USA was wearing!

Captain Steve Stricker
Rolex Sky-Dweller White Gold and Black (326139-0003 – ~$31,000)
The Sky-Dweller is one of Rolex’s most complicated watches they have ever made. The case is made from white gold and the unique dial is black with the white off-center 24hr ring and white gold numeral hour markers. A fluted white gold Ring Command bezel actually works with the mechanical movement to set the date, time, and additional time zone. A black alligator leather strap gives this discontinued watch a classic look. Made between 2014-2018 this Sky-Dweller has become more and more collectible, currently demanding around $31,000.

Vice Captain Phil Mickelson
Rolex Yacht-Master II in Platinum (116689-0002 – $48,150)
The Yacht-Master II is the largest watch Rolex currently sells, at 44 millimeters. Phil’s model is crafted from white gold and platinum, making it a very heavy piece on the wrist. A Ring Command bezel, made from platinum, works with the Calibre 4161 automatic movement to run the countdown timer function and set the time. A white dial is hand finished and surrounded by white gold hour markers filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material. The classic Oyster bracelet is made from solid links of white gold with a brushed and polished 2-tone finish.

Vice Captain Davis Love III
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel and Coral Red (124300-0007 – $5,900)
One of the newest Rolex models, released in 2020, the new colorful dials on the Oyster Perpetual have become highly coveted by watch lovers. A Coral Red model like DL3 was wearing will cost you over double the $5,900 retail price on the secondary market. At 41mm this is the largest Oyster Perpetual model in the line. Internally there is Rolex’s Calibre 3230, a self-winding automatic movement with 70 hours power reserve. Made completely out of Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel, the OP is extremely corrosion resistant and waterproof to 100 meters. An Oyster bracelet attaches the watch to your wrist and contains Rolex’s Oysterclasp  with 5mm Easylink adjustment link.

Patrick Cantlay
Rolex Datejust 41 in Stainless Steel and Black (126334-0017 – $9,650)
The Rolex Datejust is one of the longest running product names in the catalog. Introduced in 1945, it was the first self-winding automatic watch to have a date that changed over instantly at midnight. A 41mm case made of 904L Oystersteel protects a Rolex Calibre 3235 movement that offers 70hrs of power reserve and contains 31 jewels. The iconic Rolex fluted bezel gives the watch a little more bling and is crafted from white gold. An Oyster bracelet is made from matching Oystersteel and comes together with Rolex’s Oysterclasp that features an Easylink extension link to dial in the perfect fit.

Bryson DeChambeau
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel and Coral Red (124300-0007 – $5,900)
Yes, Bryson and David Love III were wearing the same Oyster Perpetual this week! The Coral Red dial is hand-finished and contains white gold hour markers that are filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material for easy reading in low light. A domed bezel is made from stainless steel and polished for a mirror-like finish that flows perfectly with the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. A solid value if you can find one at your Rolex dealer, but be ready to spend over $13,000 for a new one on the secondary market.

Collin Morikawa
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Master Chronometer GMT Worldtimer (220.12.43.22.03.001 – $8,900)
Collin was seen wearing a dressier rose gold De Ville Chronograph during the opening ceremonies but put on this Seamaster Worldtimer to celebrate the victory. Created from stainless steel the 43mm case surrounds a detailed blue dial with a picture of the world at the center. The world is printed on a Grade 5 titanium disc and surrounded by a glass ring with a 24hr scale printed on it. Iconic cities from around the world surround the dial and are color coded to work with the 24hr ring so you can tell the time at any location in the world. The light blue section of the ring denotes daytime hours while the darker blue shows nighttime. Omega designed the Calibre 8938 to run this world time function as well as keep precise local time and contains their CO-AXIAL escapement for better energy transfer. A textured blue rubber strap with contrast stitching keeps the watch securely on the wrist.

Dustin Johnson
Hublot Big Bang UNICO Golf Texalium Blue Carbon (416.YL.5120.VR – ~$27,500)
Limited to just 200 pieces worldwide, the Blue Carbon version of the Big Bang UNICO Golf watch is not seen very often. This extremely complicated HUB 1580 movement not only tells time, but keeps your score on the course. The pushers on the right side of the case are used to track what hole you are on and the score for that hole. Your current total score is displayed just above 6 o’clock and it is all handled mechanically. The case is 45mm and made from Blue Carbon fiber with a Texalium layer that gives the carbon fiber a silver shine to it. The classic Hublot round bezel is made from the same blue carbon fiber and held down with 6 titanium H-screws.

Brooks Koepka
Rolex Daytona “Panda” in Stainless Steel (116500ln-0001 – $13,150)
The most coveted and collectable watch in the world today, say hello to the Rolex Daytona “Panda”. All Daytonas are collectable but the white dial that Brooks was wearing is the classic version with the black ring subdials. Made from 904L Oystersteel, the 40mm case is easy to wear by all but the largest and smallest wrists. The Daytona was introduced in 1963 and is named after the famous road race. The bezel is made from black Cerachrom ceramic and designed to pay homage to the classic 1965 model. Getting one takes a great relationship with your Rolex dealer, get on a waiting list of over 2 years, or pay the $37,500 price they demand on the secondary market.

Justin Thomas
Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” on Jubilee (126710blro-0001 – $9,700)
The Rolex GMT-Master II is a hard watch to get your hands on and the “Pepsi” versions might be the hardest. The “Pepsi” nickname comes from the uni-directional blue and red Cerachrom ceramic bezel that is very hard to create and took Rolex years to perfect. Made from 904L Oystersteel, the 40mm case has a stainless screw-down case back that gives the GMT a 100m water resistance rating. Inside is Rolex’s own Calibre 3285 self-winding, automatic movement that is Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) certified to be extremely accurate. A Jubilee bracelet gives the watch a slightly flashier look and is made from solid Oystersteel links.

Jordan Spieth
Rolex GMT-Master II White Gold “Pepsi” (116719blro-0001 – ~$39,000)
Jordan kept his watch pretty hidden all week and had nothing on his wrist while spraying champaign on teammates. I found a glimpse of his GMT-Master II under his brown sport coat during the opening ceremonies. If you want an “under the radar” watch, the white gold GMT-Master II is the perfect candidate. Most will see a “Pepsi” dial and think it is a traditional steel model, but those who really know understand how special this watch is. Only made from the end of 2014 through 2018, these are crafted from Rolex’s own white gold alloy. Rolex has its own foundry to ensure that their white gold is durable enough for everyday wear. A classic black dial with white gold hour markers and a date window at 3 o’clock is easy to read. Rolex’s Oyster bracelet is made from 3 flat links of solid white gold and finished in a brushed and polished 2-tone finish. These white gold GMT pieces will command around $39,000 on the secondary market, compared to around $23,000 for a steel model.

Daniel Berger
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold (126655-0002 – $27,300)
The combination of rose gold and black is pretty stunning on the Yacht-Master 40. Introduced in 2019, Berger has been wearing this piece for a few years now. The case is made from Rolex’s own rose gold alloy that is engineered to not fade or corrode under any daily wear. A screw-down crown on the right side of the case is made from matching rose gold and features Rolex’s Triplock waterproof seals. A bidirectional rose gold bezel contains a matte black Cerachrom ceramic insert with 60-minute graduated markings. A black rubber Oysterflex strap encases “blades” of titanium and nickel that add durability to the strap. The strap also features a patented cushioning system to add comfort and Rolex’s Oysterclasp in matching rose gold.

Not everyone wore something on their wrist, I did not see any of these players or vice captains wearing a watch during the Ryder Cup.

  • Xander Scheuffele
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Tony Finau
  • Harris English
  • Zach Johnson
  • Fred Couples
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