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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!

WOTW Specs:
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: Tiger Woods’ Rolex Sea-Dweller Deep Sea From the 2013 Players Championship

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Tiger is out at Southern Hills getting ready for the PGA Championship and K.H. Lee wasn’t wearing a watch after winning the AT&T. So lets take a look back at Tiger’s 2013 Players Championship win and the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deep Sea that was on his wrist.

WOTW Specs:
Name: Rolex Yacht-Master
Reference: 116660-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2008 – 2017
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Black
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 3900 Meters (12,800ft)
Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$12,000

Tiger has been wearing the James Cameron Rolex Sea-Dweller Deep Sea for years now as his go to timepiece. Tiger is a big fan of the water and diving so it is only fitting that he wears the most capable dive watch Rolex makes! The Sea-Dweller was first released in 1967 as the bigger brother to the already iconic Submariner. The Sea-Dweller was the first watch to feature a helium escape valve for diving to extreme depths. I think Tiger was wearing the 16600 reference that was released in 2008 with the new, larger 44mm case. The case is made from Rolex’s Oystersteel and is the largest that Rolex makes at 18mm thick. The case also contains Rolex’s Ring Lock system to reinforce the case and support the sapphire crystal during dives to extreme depths. The Deep Sea is rated to dive to 3,900 meters, almost 12,800 feet, and the the pressure at that depth is crushing even for a watch. On the left side of the case is a a helium escape valve for releasing gases that build up when diving to these unthinkable depths. To put in perspective how deep the Deep Sea can go, the deepest human dive on record is 1,082 feet! The black dial on the Deep Sea is surrounded by larger hour markers that are filled with luminescent material for a bright glow underwater. A date window sits at the traditional 3 o’clock but the extra thick sapphire crystal does not have a cyclops lens over it. Rolex has not yet found an adhesive that will withstand the pressure of diving to 3,900 meters. Around the dial is a unidirectional bezel with a black ceramic insert. Ceramic is used because it is extremely scratch and UV resistant, keeping its color almost forever. The bezel contains a diving scale that is etched into the ceramic.

 

 

Inside the Deep Sea is a a Calibre 3135 designed and made entirely in-house by Rolex. The 3135 is self-winding, contains 31 jewels, and offers 48 hours of power reserve. The movement still contains Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring and is Swiss Chronometer (COSC) certified like all Rolex movements. A COSC certified movement doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but they are one of the few companies to ensure that precision in every movement. The iconic Rolex Oyster bracelet keeps this large watch on your wrist. The Oyster bracelet is made from three solid links of Oystersteel. A folding Oysterlock safety clasp brings the bracelet together and offers Rolex’s Glidelock extension system. Glidelock allows you to expand the bracelet up to 20mm, without tools, in order to dial in the comfort or to use over a wetsuit. These older Sea-Dweller Deep Sea watches are not the most sought after by collectors, but they still trade around $12,000 on the secondary market.

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WOTW: Bubba Watson’s NEW Richard Mille 38-02 Tourbillon “The Pink Watch”

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Bubba Watson has been a member of the Richard Mille family since 2011. He has had three signature watches in that time, all in white, but he has always wanted a pink version. Richard Mille decided to celebrate its 10-plus year partnership with the golfer with the release of Bubba’s fourth signature watch, the RM38-02. Unfortunately, only 50 lucky people will get their hands on “The Pink Watch.”

WOTW Specs
Name: Richard Mille 38-02 Tourbillon Bubba Watson
Reference: RM38-02
Limited: Yes, 50 Pieces
Date: 2022
Case: TPT Quartz and TPT Carbon
Bezel: TPT Quartz
Dial: Skeleton
Size: 43mm
Movement: Calibre RM38-02, Manual Wind
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 50 Meters
Bracelet: White Rubber
Price: ~1,000,0000+

Richard Mille founded his watch company in 2001 after years of working in the watch industry. Mille had a vision of watches that no one wanted to make at the time, so he left his general manager position at a jeweler to start his own company. Richard Mille watches are ultra high end, featuring cutting edge technology and materials.

Bubba and Mille met at a golf tournament and Bubba has been a member of the RM family since 2011. Bubba shocked the golf world when he teed off in his first signature watch, the $525,000 RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson. The off-white case, made from a lightweight magnesium alloy, and white rubber strap stood out on the course and the price sent shockwaves through the golf world. Richard Mille followed up Bubba’s Masters wins with a special RM38-01 Tourbillon G-Sensor Bubba Watson. The 2012 RM38-01 flew a little under the radar in the golf world, but it featured a mechanical G-force meter to measure the G’s produced by a golf swing and an $825,000 price tag. Bubba still wears the RM38-01 and has posted the addition of a pink strap on his social media. The RM055 was the third model and probably the most tame of the group and the most affordable at just under $100,000. White is still the signature color but this time made from Richard Mille’s ATZ alloy and Grade 5 titanium.

The latest Bubba signature model is fittingly called the RM38-02 Tourbillon Bubba Watson and finally comes in pink! Working with a powerful player like Bubba, Richard Mille knows that any watch he wears has to stand up to the destructive forces of the golf swing. The 3-piece tonneau-shaped case wears on the larger side, 43mm wide and 50mm long. The center case section of the TM38-02 is made from TPT Carbon and pink TPT Quartz layers for strength and weight concerns.

The bezel and caseback are made from white and pink layers of TPT Quartz. Both TPT Quartz and TPT Carbon are used by Richard Mille exclusively and have a connection to the TPT Golf company. The TPT Quartz bezel is made from layers of silica that are 45 microns thick and the pink layers are laid at a 45* angle for the unique look. Nitrate o-rings seal the bezel, middle case, and caseback together while 20 Grade 5 titanium spline screws hold everything together. On the right side of the case is a large crown that features a golf ball dimple design on the cap. The crown contains a torque-limiting design so you cannot over-wind the movement, damaging the barrel spring.

The Calibre RM38-02 features a skeleton design that allows you to see the engineering masterpiece inside the watch. The 38-02 is manual winding so you have to remember to wind it before the 70 hour power reserve runs out. Manual wind movements tend to be a little more durable when it comes to shocks and the 38-02 can withstand an astounding 10,000G’s of force! The baseplate is made from Carbon TPT and milled into shape by Richard Mille in house. Mille chose to use Carbon TPT because it provides extreme resistance to micro cracks and splitting. The twin bridges are made from Grade 5 titanium for its rigidity and hold the tourbillon in place. A tourbillon is a complicated part of the movement that constantly rotates the balance wheel and escapement so gravity cannot influence the timekeeping.

The white strap is made from rubber and comes together with a deployment clasp. The straps can be swapped out by removing 4 titanium spline screws, 2 on each side, and then removing the strap from the case. Only 50 of these RM38-02 watches will be made for the entire world. That could mean that unless you have a long-standing relationship with Richard Mille, you probably won’t be offered one of the 50. I have not been able to find a retail price yet but am going to bet that when one hits the secondary market it will demand a price around $1,000,000.

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WOTW Time Machine: Rory McIlroy’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Grand Prix”

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Let’s take a look back at when Rory Won the 2012 PGA Championship since no PGA, LPGA, or European Tour winners were wearing watches this weekend.

Rory had the curly hair 10 years ago and held off Jason Day for the second major of his career. Rory held that Wanamaker trophy high in the Kiawah Island sun with a limited edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore on his wrist.

WOTW Specs

Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Chronograph
Reference: 26290RO.OO.A001VE.01
Limited: Yes, 650 Pieces
Date: 2010
Case: 18kt Pink Gold
Bezel: Forged Carbon
Dial: Anodized Aluminum
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3126/3840, 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Calfskin Leather, Pink Gold Pintle Buckle
Price: ~$56,000

Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875 and began building precise timepieces in the Valley de Joux. Fast forward to 1972 and AP was struggling to compete with the more accurate and cheaper quartz watches that were flooding the market at the time. Audemars Piguet launched the legendary Royal Oak and it has been the flagship line of watches ever since. In 1992, Audemars Piguet met the demand for larger watches with the Royal Oak Offshore line. Since then the Offshore has been the bigger and more rugged sibling that is built for a life on the water. Rory’s Offshore Grand Prix was introduced in 2010 and a limited edition of 650 pieces in Pink Gold. The Grand Prix series also included a Forged Caron version of 1750 pieces and a very limited Platinum model with only 75 pieces made for the entire world.

The Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Chronograph is built off of a 44mm case made from solid 18kt Pink Gold. Both sides of the case feature Forged Carbon accents with the right side using the high tech material as the guards for the pink gold pushers and crown. Instead of using sheets of woven carbon fibers, forged carbon is created by taking chopped pieces of carbon and mixing them with resin. The automative design influence is seen everywhere on the watch and if you look at the screw down crown, it reminds you of the inside of a wheel. A caseback made from matching pink gold contains a sapphire crystal window to view the mechanical movement. On the top of the case is the iconic octagon bezel done in matching forged carbon and black ceramic. The forged carbon features intricate detail on the side that look like “vents” and sits on top of a black ceramic baseplate. These bezel parts are held in place with titanium hex bolts that are recessed into the bezel so they don’t get snagged or damaged. Under a glare proofed sapphire crystal is an aluminum dial done in AP’s negative Méga Tapisserie pattern. The is surrounded by a tachymeter scale that is done in bright red. Three subdials sit at 12, 9, and 6 o’clock and all have an automotive gauge design to them. A date window sits at 3 o’clock and features an internal magnifying lens to help read the numerals.

Inside the Grand Prix is a self-winding, automatic movement design and built in-house by Audemars Piguet. The Calibre 3126/3840 contains 59 jewels and gives the wearer 50 hours of power reserve. The 3126 features a modular design and contains a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module to run the hours, minutes, and small second hands of the subdials. The strap on Rory’s Grand Prix is made from soft calfskin leather and accented with Alcantara inserts. A pin buckle with the AP logo, in matching pink gold, brings the strap together. I couldn’t find the original retail price, but these pink gold Grand Prix watches trade for around $56,000 on the secondary market.

 

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