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WOTW: Lydia Ko’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold

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Lydia Ko, the young LPGA superstar, won her first even since 2018 at the Lotte Championship. Ko is a former world #1 that burst onto the LPGA Tour at age 15 and the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour ever. Lydia won by seven strokes and was wearing a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 as she held that silver trophy in the warm Hawaiian sun!

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Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: 126655-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Present
Case: Everose Gold
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Intense Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Oysterflex Rubber Strap
Price: $27,300

Lydia’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 with Oysterflex strap has started to become an increasingly popular watch with professional golfers. The trend for women’s timepieces has been larger diameters and precious metals, both features the Yacht-Master checks the boxes on.

The Yacht-Master was introduced in 1992 as Rolex’s ultimate luxury sport watch. It featured much of the capability that the Submariner offered, but made from precious metals and with a bolder style. Lydia’s Yacht-Master was released in 2019 and based on a 40mm case made from Rolex’s Everose gold. Everose is an 18ct rose/pink gold alloy that Rolex makes in their own foundry to ensure that it can stand up to everyday wear in the harshest conditions.

The case has a screw-down case back and crown made from matching Everose gold. The crown on the right side of the case is sealed using Triplock, a triple seal system to give the Yacht-Master a 100-meter waterproof rating. The legendary reverse-etched Yacht-Master bezel is made from Everose gold and black Cerachrom ceramic.

The matte black Cerachrom insert has raised numerals and graduations that are polished and extremely scratch-resistant. This Yacht-Master dial is hand finished in Intense Black and contains polished hour markers made from Everose gold and filled with Chromalight luminescent material. Chromalight offers a long-lasting blue glow that is easy to read at night or underwater. A date window is at 3 o’clock and is covered by magnifying Cyclops lens in the sapphire crystal.

The engine inside the Yacht-Master is Rolex’s own perpetual self-winding Calibre 3235 movement. Designed and manufactured completely in-house, the 3235 contains 31 jewels and offers 70 hours of power reserve. The 3235 is a certified chronometer and uses Rolex’s Chronergy escapement and Parachrom hairspring for better efficiency and precision.

You are seeing more and more of the Ostyerflex strap as Rolex wearers demand them. Osyterflex is a black elastomer strap that is molded around titanium “blades” for added durability as well as comfort. The strap comes together with an Everose Osterlock safety clasp, featuring Rolex’s Glidelock extension system to allow 5mm of tool-free adjustment.

This golf year has had a very good start with great players getting wins after long droughts. Lydia is a big name on the LPGA Tour and it is always better with her winning and playing well. I hope she continues to improve, win, and increase her watch collection in 2021. Maybe a 2021 Daytona with meteorite dial is in order?

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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. Divot Diggler

    Apr 21, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Great win and a great watch…….

  2. SMB

    Apr 21, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    I love how thorough you all are with these WOTW articles. I think it would be helpful to share whether or not the golfer is sponsored to not by the watch maker.

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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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WOTW Time Machine: Ian Poulter’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Schwarzenegger The Legacy”

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Ian Poulter won the Volvo World Match Play Championship back in 2011 and was wearing a pretty rare Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy” on his wrist.

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Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Chronograph
Reference: 26378IO.OO.A001KE.01
Limited: 1,500 Pieces
Date: 2011 – 2013
Case: Black Ceramic
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Black Méga Tapisserie
Size: 48mm
Movement: Calibre 2326 / 2840, 50 Jewels
Power Reserve: 38 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Glareproofed
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Aramide Fibres Strap
Price: $47,200 (~$32,000)

Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Offshore in 1992 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak. The original Offshore was very oversized at 42mm, making it the first oversized luxury sports watch. Since 1992 AP has made quite a few versions and limited editions in the Royal Oak Offshore line and Arnold Schwarzenegger has collaborated maybe more than anyone else. Arnold has worked with AP on about 11 models and this “The Legacy” is considered a celebration of all those limited editions.

The case is a massive 48mm chunk of lightweight black ceramic. Audemars Piguet designed the mammoth 48mm case size for two larger than life celebrities, Arnold and Shaq. I think the 48mm has only been used a very few times outside their signature pieces. The nice thing about the Black Ceramic is that it is very lightweight, durable, and extremely scratch-resistant. The high-tech ceramic that is used in watch cases is not the same brittle stuff that your favorite coffee mug is made from! This Offshore’s casebook is made from rugged titanium and etched with “The Legacy” markings and number out of 1,500.

On the right side of the case is a black ceramic crown and pink gold pushers that run the sub dial functions. On top of the case is the iconic octagon Royal Oak bezel crafted from matching black ceramic. The lightweight bezel is held down with 8 hex screws and holds the galreproofed sapphire crystal in place. Under that almost scratch proof glass is a black dial done in AP’s Méga Tapisserie pattern. The Méga Tapisserie dial is a set of raised squares with a texture in-between them. The hour numerals, hands, and inner bezel are crafted from pink gold. There is a date window at 3 o’clock and pink gold lined sub dials at 12, 9, and 6 o’cock. The pink gold hour and minute hands are filled with luminescent material.

Inside this watch is a Audemars Piguet Calibre 2326/2840 self-winding automatic movement. The 2326 offers 38 hours of power reserve and contains 50 jewels. The Legacy came with two straps, an aligator leather, and the Aramide Fibres black strap that Ian was wearing. Aramid fibers are synthetic fibers that are extremely strong and heat resistant, usually used in aerospace and military applications. The strap comes together with an oversize titanium pin buckle that has the Audemars Piguet logo on it.

Ian always has some exciting Audemars Piguet piece on his wrist and I expect to see something pretty fancy at this year’s Ryder Cup!

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