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WOTW: Phil Mickelson’s Rolex Cellini Danaos

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Phil Mickelson just won the 2021 PGA Championship at 50 years old. To be the oldest major championship in the history of golf is such an amazing accomplishment. Throughout the tough conditions at Kiawah Island, he and his trusty Rolex Cellini Danaos held off younger challengers to hoist another Wanamaker Trophy!

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Watch: Rolex Cellini Danaos
Reference: 4233
Limited: No
Date: 2000-2009
Case: 18ct White Gold
Bezel: 18ct White Gold
Dial: White
Size: 33mm
Movement: Calibre 1602, 20 Jewels
Power Reserve: 46 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 30 Meters
Bracelet: Brown Crocodile Leather
Price: ~$4,900


I don’t think I need to tell you that Rolex is the largest and most recognized brand in all of the watch world. They have been creating high-end precision timepieces since 1905. When you think of a Rolex you typically think of a sport dive watch like the iconic Submariner, but Rolex also makes a lesser-known dress watch for formal occasions.

The Rolex Cellini was born in the 1960s by then-director Rene-Paul Jeanneret to be stylish and fashionable. The watches were named after Benvenuto Cellini, an Italian goldsmith, and marketed as being fashion accessories. They carried a lot of retro styling cues from past Rolex watches of the ’20s and ’30s.

Phil owns a handful of Cellini Danaos models and it was the watch he wore during play for most of his previous major championships. Phil has been seen wearing one with a black dial, a black and white dial, and even a square Cellini called the Prince.

This Cellini looks to be reference 4233 and is made from solid 18ct white gold. The case is a much smaller 33mm, and I would suspect less in the way when swinging a golf club. The bezel on this watch is large, made from matching white gold, and integrated into the case very smoothly. It almost looks as if the case is just 2 pieces that come together in the middle of the watch.

A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the hand-finished white dial from the outside world. The white dial contains printed Arabic numeral hour markers, but the 6 and Rolex crown at 12 o’clock at pieces done in white gold. The minute and hour hands are made from white gold as well but there is no luminescent material in them for a clean, classic look.

Inside the Cellini Danaos is a manual winding 1602 mechanical movement. This watch requires the wearer to wind the watch before the 46 hours of power reserve is depleted. The 1602 movement is rhodium-plated, contains 20 jewels, and contains a very effective shock-absorbing system.

The Cellini line comes with beautiful leather straps instead of metal bracelets for that classic look. Phil has a brown crocodile leather strap with white contrast stitching. The strap comes together with a white gold tang buckle that matches the case.

Is congratulations even a big enough word for what we watched Phil accomplish over the weekend? Players like Phil come around so rarely that it is an honor that we get to watch him do what he does live. Hope to see a few more victories, and watches, before he gives us his last “thumbs up”!

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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. Jesse

    May 26, 2021 at 11:45 am

    33 mm with white gold hands on a white face? There is zero chance he can see the time without glasses. But he sure can see that big trophy.

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WOTW: Jon Rahm’s Rolex Sky-Dweller In Stainless Steel and Bright Blue

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Jon Rahm is your new U.S. Open champion and #1 ranked golfer in the world! Just a couple of weeks after his withdrawal from the Memorial Tournament, Jon is a major winner! Rahmbo celebrated with his family and on his wrist was his usual Rolex Sky-Dweller in Bright Blue.

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Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
Reference: 326934-0003
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: Oystersteel 904L Stainless Steel
Bezel: White Gold Fluted with Ring Command
Dial: Bright Blue
Size: 42mm
Movement: Rolex 9001, 40 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oystersteel 904L Stainless Steel Oyster
Price: $14,400 ($14,800 Currently)

The Rolex Sky-Dweller was introduced in 2012 as the premier watch for world travelers. It has a very unique time zone, as well as date, display. The off-center disk in the dial keeps track of a second time zone in the 24hr format. The day is at the traditional 3 o’clock position while the month indicator marked in a contrasting rectangle above the hour markers on the dial. You only have to set the Sky-Dweller once per year, on March 1st, and it will account for the different days in the months all on its own. The fluted bezel is unique in that is uses Rolex’s Ring Command to help set the date and time on the watch. In cooperation with the crown, rotating the bezel changes what setting you are adjusting. The Sky-Dweller and Yacht-Master are the only Rolex watches to incorporate the Ring Command bezel with the mechanical movement.

Inside the Sky-Dweller is one of Rolex’s most complicated movements, the Calibre 9001. Not only does it have the precision of +/-2 seconds of accuracy, but it also runs all of the date functions as well. The 9001 is a self-winding movement so the natural movement of your wrist winds the watch each day. If you do take it off you have 72 hours of power reserve before the Sky-Dweller stops running. Like all Rolex movements the 9001 is COSC Certified for accuracy throughout any condition and temperature. The 9001 also features Rolex’s Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. The case is 42mm and made from Rolex’s 904L Oystersteel with a screw-down case back and Twinlock sealed crown. Jon’s Sky-Dweller has a Bright Blue dial with a Sunray detail to add some depth to the dial. The hour markers and hands are crafted from white gold and filled with Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow in low light. Covering the dial is a sapphire crystal with a cyclops magnifying lens over the date. Sapphire crystal is extremely scratch-resistant, with diamond about the only thing harder. The Rolex Oyster bracelet is a legendary design made up of 3 pieces of flat link Oystersteel. The outer links are brushed while the center links are polished for a signature look. The Oysterclasp brings the bracelet together and the Easylink extension system offers 5mm of adjustment for better comfort. Jon’s Sky-Dweller is one of the most popular color combinations in the line and had a retail price of $14,400 when he started wearing it. Currently, the retail price is $400 more if you can find one at a dealer, with this model going for a little over $28,000 on the secondary market.

A huge congratulations to Jon on his first major win, it was great to see. I think we can all agree this won’t be his last either! I just hope we can see him in some other Rolex pieces, since he is an ambassador, that I know he owns. Might be time to break out that GMT-II Meteorite again!

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WOTW: Garrick Higgo’s Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Black Magic

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Garrick Higgo is once again a winner, this time on the PGA Tour, after his 1 stroke victory at the Palmetto Championship! Higgo held off six players at -10 including the 54 hole leader, Chesson Hadley. Garrick was all smiles while holding up the custom trophy (made by putter maker Tyson Lamb) and on his wrist was his usual Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Black Magic.

WOTW Specs

Name: Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Black Magic
Reference: 525.CM.0170.RX
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Present
Case: Black Ceramic
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Sapphire Skeleton
Size: 45mm
Movement: HUB1155, 60 Jewels
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Anti-Reflective
Waterproof: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Black Lined Rubber Strap
Price: $15,700

Hublot has been featured a decent amount here on WOTW, mostly on the wrist of Dustin Johnson, but they might not be a household name for all golf fans. Hublot is a Swiss watch company that was founded by an Italian and now owned by a French company! To say they specialize in fusion would be an understatement. Hublot is known for combining multiple materials in their watches like ceramic, gold, steel, and rubber.

The Aerofusion that Garrick is wearing follows in those footsteps by utilizing ceramic, titanium, and rubber to create a pretty spectacular piece. The case is large at 45mm but lightweight due to being made from black ceramic. While most think that ceramic is fragile and brittle, the new versions in watches are very durable and almost scratch-proof. The iconic Hublot “porthole” bezel is made from matching black ceramic and held in place by 6 titanium H-headed screws.

The bezel is completed with a vertical satin finish that matches the finish on the center of the case. The dial is a skeleton design using sapphire crystal so you can clearly see the movement. The hour markers, hour and minute hands, subdial rings, and subdial hands are all finished in high polish chrome, but no luminescent material. The skeleton dial parts are mostly finished in a black PVD and then brushed for a satin finish. The date wheel might be the most impressive part as it is a large gear that rotates on the outside of the dial with the day being displayed at 6 o’clock.

Many of the 60 jewels in the HUB1155 movement are also visible to the wearer and covered with another sapphire crystal. That HUB1155 movement is self-winding and can provide 42 hours of power reserve. Between the display back window and the dial, you are privileged to view most of the 207 parts the HUB115 is made up of.

The black strap is made from soft rubber and lined for a textured look. It is attached to the case with 4 titanium H screws and comes together with a stainless steel deployant buckle clasp finished in black.

Fresh off his May 9th victory on the European tour, Garrick now has his PGA Tour card through the 2023 season and just punched his ticket to next year’s Masters! Hopefully, we will see more wins from the 22 year old South African, and more watches on his wrist!

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WOTW Time Machine: Jon Rahm’s Rolex Sky-Dweller trom the 2020 Memorial Tournament

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The 2020 Memorial was a much better one for Jon Rahm as he won Jack’s event by three strokes over Ryan Palmer. Let’s take a look at Jon’s watch from the 2020 Memorial since the 2021 champion, Patrick Cantlay no longer wears a watch after his partnership with Audemars Piguet ended. Rahm was wearing what looked like his traditional Rolex Sky-Dweller with Bright Blue dial when he accepted the trophy from Jack.

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Watch: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
Reference: 326934-0003
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: Oystersteel 904L Stainless Steel
Bezel: White Gold Fluted Ring Command
Dial: Bright Blue
Size: 42mm
Movement: Rolex 9001, 40 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal (Cyclops lens over date)
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oystersteel 904L Stainless Steel Oyster
Price: $14,400 ($14,800 Currently)

The Rolex Sky-Dweller is a watch aimed at travelers and first introduced in 2012. The Sky-Dweller stands out from other watches with its revolutionary dual time zone display. This off-center disk rotates to show the home time zone in a 24hr format while the hands show the current time zone. The Sky-Dweller also offers a unique integrated calendar. The day of the month is shown at 3 o’clock like most watches, but the month is marked in a contrasting rectangle above the hour numerals on the face. The Sky-Dweller is a perpetual calendar, meaning you don’t have to reset the date for months that are 28 or 30 days. The date system only requires one adjustment a year on the first of March. The date functions on the Sky-Dweller are very simple to adjust, just rotating the fluted Ring Command bezel counter-clockwise allows the date, local time, or reference time to be changed. This Sky-Dweller and Yacht-Master are the only Rolex watches to incorporate the bezel with the movement.

To handle all the time zones and dates, Rolex created the 9001 movement with 40 jewels and extra gears for those functions. The 9001 is a COSC certified movement with a 72-hour power reserve and is one of the most complicated movements Rolex has ever created. Rahm’s model has the Bright Blue dial that is protected by a sapphire crystal that is extremely scratch resistant. That crystal also has a cyclops lens over the date that magnifies the date window, making it easier to read. The Sky-Dweller case and bracelet are made from Rolex’s Oystersteel, a 904L stainless steel that offers superior corrosion resistance. Oystersteel is harder to machine than other stainless steel alloys but offers a much more durable and consistent polish. Rolex’s Oyster bracelet is made from 3 flat links of solid Oystersteel. The center links are polished while the outside links are brushed for a classic 2-tone look. The Oysterclasp brings the bracelet together and contains the Easylink adjustment system to adjust the bracelet by 5mm for added comfort. The Sky-Dweller is water-resistant to 100 meters and offered in many variations including Stainless Steel, Yellow Gold, and Everose Gold. Currently, the Bright Blue dial is one of the most coveted and trades on the secondary market for about double the retail price.

Most golf fans are still stunned by what happened at this weekend’s Memorial Tournament. Jon Rahm’s withdrawal was a shocking reminder that we are not out of the pandemic just yet. Hopefully he will recover and be back in the winner’s circle again soon and wearing another hard-to-get Rolex!

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