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WOTW: Sam Burns’ Rolex Datejust 41 “Wimbledon” in stainless steel and yellow gold

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Sam Burns won his first PGA Tour event this weekend at the Valspar Championship. He came away with a 3 stroke win over Keegan Bradley. Sam held that bronze trophy high in the Florida sun, a big smile on his face, and with a matching Rolex Datejust 41 in steel and gold on his wrist.

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Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41
Reference: 126303-0019
Limited: No
Date: 2016 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: 18ct Yellow Gold
Dial: Slate Grey “Wimbledon”
Size: 41mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster Yellow Rolesor
Price: $12,500

Rolex has been making the Datejust since 1945 when it was the highlight of its 40th anniversary. It is one of the oldest names in the Rolex line that is still made today. A date window on a watch is pretty commonplace now, but in 1945 the Datejust was the first self-winding watch to feature a date window that changed automatically. Such a classic and versatile watch has withstood the test of time and continued to be an icon in the Rolex line.

Sam looks to be wearing a 41mm Datejust that was introduced as part of the re-launching of the Datejust in 2016. That 41mm case is the largest of the current Datejust models (31mm and 36mm) and made from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel. Oystersteel is made in Rolex’s own foundry and created to withstand corrosion and hold onto a perfect polish. The smooth bezel is crafted from again, Rolex’s own 18ct gold alloy that has been designed to keep its luster for a lifetime.

This Datejust 41 is also available with the more iconic fluted bezel for an additional $100. The”Wimbledon” dial is done in Slate Grey and finished with a sunray pattern that reflects light at any angle. The hour and minute hands are made from matching 18ct gold with the hour markers being Roman numerals in a polished black with a green accent.

The legendary date window sits at 3 o’clock and changes the date instantly at midnight. No slowly moving, gradual change like cheaper automatic movements from the 3235 movement. The 3235 is a self-winding automatic movement that is completely designed and manufactured in-house. The 3235 was featured in the Datejust with the 2016 update and gives the wearer 70 hours of power reserve. This workhorse movement is housed behind a screw-down caseback that gives it a 100-meter water resistance rating.

The original Datejust was the first Rolex to be sold with a Jubilee 5-piece bracelet. The Jubilee name was strongly considered for the watch but instead, the bracelet took the iconic name. Sam’s Datejust has the Oyster bracelet with its 3-piece flat links of Osytersteel and 18ct Gold. Called “Yellow Rolesor”, it is Rolex’s combination of brushed steel outer links and polished gold flat center links. The bracelet has a folding Oysterclasp that contains the Easylink extension link for the perfect fit. Rolex two-tone watches have been quite popular recently and this model trades for about $700 over the retail price of $12,500 on the secondary market.

First-time winners are always welcome and exciting on the PGA Tour, and I have no doubt we could see another this year. Sam played some great golf this week and was rewarded with a win and a big check. I hope we see more of Sam in the winner’s circle and more Rolex watches on his wrist in the future!

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WOTW: Rory McIlroy’s $137,000 Omega DeVille Tourbillon CO-AXIAL Chronometer

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Rory McIlroy took on a VERY strong Sunday leaderboard at the CJ Cup and walked away with a 1 stroke win over a hard charging Collin Morikawa. This is Rory’s 20th PGA Tour win and a great bounce-back from a tough Ryder Cup. While holding the unconventional trophy in the setting Las Vegas sun, he was wearing a very special piece on his wrist!

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Name: Omega DeVille Tourbillon CO-AXIAL Chronometer Numbered Edition
Reference: 513.53.39.21.99.001
Limited: No, Numbered
Date: ?
Case: 18k Red Gold
Bezel: 18k Red Gold
Dial: Sapphire Crystal
Size: 38.7mm
Movement: Omega 2635
Power Reserve: 45 Hours
Glass: Domed Saphire Crystal, Anti-Reflective
Waterproof: 30 Meters
Bracelet: Black Alligator Leather Strap
Price: $137,000

Omega has been making watches since Louis Brandt founded the company in 1848. The original name was La Generale Watch Co. and in 1903 added the Omega name. Omega has a long history with the British Air Force, United States Army, and even NASA supplying watches to them all. Omega has also been the official timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932, making them a very experienced sports watch brand. Rory McIlroy has been part of the Omega team since 2013 and even has had his own signature model. Usually he is wearing a Speedmaster or Aqua Terra 150 model when you see him after or before rounds. But this weekend he was wearing a very special, and rare, Omega DeVille Tourbillon CO-AXIAL Chronometer Numbered Edition in Red Gold. Omega’s DeVille was released in 1960 and originally part of the Seamaster lineage but became its own line in 1967. The design of the DeVill is far more classic and dressy compared to the sport watches Omega is known for. Rory’s DeVille is special because it is one of the few models in the line that contain a tourbillon. A tourbillon (toor-bil-yuhn) is a mechanical complication found in high-end watches and originally designed for pocket watches. Since a pocket watch sat vertical for most of its life, gravity could effect the mechanical movement and make it less accurate. So Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the tourbillon in 1795 to counteract those gravitational forces, making the pocket watch much more precise. Today the tourbillon is far less effective on making a wrist watch more accurate, but it is still an amazing piece of engineering that watch lovers covet. Omega places the tourbillon in the dead center of the dial to show off the beautiful, rotating masterpiece. The Omega 2635 movement is a self-winding, automatic movement that also features Omega’s CO-AXIAL escapement for better efficiency when using stored up power. The baseplates of the movement are brown PVD coated and everything is hand-polished. The rotating weight that moves with your wrist movement is made from solid platinum and the 2635 is a certified chronometer. The dial on the DeVille is made from sapphire crystal so you can see all the parts, especially the center mounted tourbillon, of this special movement.

The case is crafted from 18k Red Gold, Omega’s own alloy with copper and silver, measuring in at 38.7mm across. The Red Gold is very corrosion resistant as well as being hypoallergenic. The caseback is solid Red Gold and engraved with the number of the series. The bezel is non-rotating and made from matching Red Gold, polished perfectly. The strap on Rory’s DeVille is made from black alligator leather, coming together with a Red Gold deployment buckle. This is not a piece that you will find at just any Omega dealer, seeing that the retail price is $137,000. The Omega website states that you can signup for a waiting list or you need to contact a boutique in order to pursue getting one of these timepieces. I haven’t been able to find out if this is a limited edition that is numbered or when it was originally released, so if you have some information please let me know in the comments.

I think most golf fans are excited to see Rory back winning again, along with some other big names playing well. I know Rory has a pretty solid watch collection and I can’t wait to see what piece he has on next!

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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.

WOTW Specs

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.

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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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