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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: 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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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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WOTW: Jordan Spieth’s Rolex Daytona Oysterflex in White Gold

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Jordan Spieth is a winner again after winning the Valero Texas Open! It has been over 1,300 days since he last won, and I think we are all happy to see him playing at this level again! After his fantastic win, he put on the legendary black cowboy boots while wearing a white gold Rolex Daytona with an Oysterflex strap!

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Watch: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Reference: 116519ln-0027
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 18ct White Gold
Dial: Steel and Black
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Size: 40 mm
Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Oysterflex
Price: $29,700

I said it 3 weeks ago when Justin Thomas was wearing a Rolex Daytona, and I will say it again here, the Rolex Daytona is the hottest watch on the planet right now! Watch enthusiasts and collectors all over the world are either waiting years for one or paying the substantial premium on the secondary market for one of these sport watches.

The Daytona was originally released as the Chronograph back in 1955 and it was far from popular with customers. In 1963 Rolex officially changed the name to Daytona as it coincided with their sponsorship of the famous auto race. Some of the oldest and rarest Daytona models can fetch $100,000 to over $1,000,000 depending on the model and condition.

Jordan’s Daytona is the reference 116519LN crafted from 18ct white gold. That 40mm white gold case is Rolex’s own alloy that was crafted to hold its lustrous color through years of everyday wear. This Daytona doesn’t share the mirrored high shine finish like its stainless steel siblings, but more of a warmer tone that lets you know it is something special. The iconic bezel is made from black Cerachrom ceramic that features a tachymeter scale filled with silver paint that contains actual platinum in it. The ceramic bezel is very lightweight and extremely scratch-resistant. The silver dial is called Steel and features a sunburst texture that allows light to reflect off it from every angle. The subdials are done in black for contrast and easy readying when using the chronograph. The hour markers on the outside of the dial are made from white gold, polished to perfection, and filled with Chromalight for a bright glow in low light. Inside the precious metal case is Rolex’s 4130 self-winding automatic movement. This movement was the first Daytona movement to be completely designed and built in-house by Rolex. Previous movements were made by Zenith and modified for use in the Daytona. The 4130 offers 72 hours of power and features Rolex’s classic blue Parachrom hairspring that offers shock and temperature resistance. The strap is Rolex’s Oysterflex made from black elastomer and titanium. Internally the rubber strap contains titanium “blades” that add durability while maintaining flexibility and comfort. The Osyterflex features the same Oysterlock safety clasp, with Easylink extension link, that the iconic steel or gold Oyster bracelet uses.

This is such a big win on so many levels. After the 2015 season that Jordan had, I don’t think too many of us expected a rough patch to last this long. It was great to see him win and get that weight off his shoulders right before the Masters. Keep the game sharp Jordan and don’t forget to wear something special—like a Hulk—at Augusta National!

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