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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 Time Machine: Danny Willett’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore From The 2016 Masters

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Danny Willett unfortunately lost the Fortinet Championship in brutal fashion with a 3 putt on the last hole. Those putts gave Max Homa the 1 stroke victory, but lets flash back to happier times for Danny Willett. Danny won the 2016 Masters and was wearing what looked to be an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore in forged carbon while receiving the Green Jacket.

WOTW Specs:
Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Reference: 26400AU.OO.A002CA.01
Limited: No
Date: 2013
Case: Forged Carbon Fiber
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Black Méga Tapisserie
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3126/3840, 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Rubber Strap
Price: ~$33,000 (~$28,500)

Audemars Piguet has been one of the most respected and coveted watch making brands for over 100 years. The brand was founded in 1875 by Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet in Vallée de Joux, in the Swiss mountains. Audemars Piguet was struggling in the late 60’s and 70’s, along with every other Swiss luxury brand, with the introduction of the quartz watch. Quartz watches run on batteries and were far more accurate and cheaper than the mechanical watches before them. So in 1972 Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak, a large stainless steel sport watch that the public absolutely loved. Twenty years later the Royal Oak Offshore came to life as the bigger brother to the legendary Royal Oak. The Offshore models feature larger cases and bezels, while being more water resistant. Danny looked to be wearing a large, 44mm case, Offshore that was originally introduced in 2013.

The case is made from forged carbon fiber for its lightweight and ability to be produced in more intricate shapes. Forged carbon fiber is different than its more famous woven carbon in the way that it looks and is created. Carbon fibers are chopped up into irregular shapes and then placed in a compression mold with resin to create the part. The case features titanium pushpiece gaurds on the right side and a black screw-down crown to set the watch. The back of the Offshore is matching titanium and contains a display window to view the automatic movement. On top of the case is the iconic Royal Oak bezel in all of its octagon-shaped glory. The bezel is made from black ceramic and held down with 8 hex screws. The dial is another famous Audemars Piguet design, Méga Tapisserie. The Black Méga Tapisserie is a texture pattern that is made up of raised squares. Surrounding the dial is an inner bezel containing a Tachymeter scale showing units per hour. This Offshore is a chronograph and contains 3 subdials with the small seconds hand at 12 o’clock. The date window sits at 3 o’clock and has a magnifying cyclops lens. The hour markers and hands are made from white gold and filled with a luminescent material for a bright glow in low light.

Inside Danny’s Offshore has an automatic, self-winding movement inside that runs this impressive machine. The Calibre 3126/3840 contains 365 parts and offers the wearer 50 hours of power reserve. Fifty nine synthetic sapphires, or jewels, are used as bearings and a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module runs the timing in the subdials. A black rubber strap is connected to the case with 4 titanium intermediate links. A titanium pin buckle bring both sides of the strap together.

Most Audemars Piguet watches are highly collectable and carry bigger price tags. I couldn’t find the exact retail price but I think it was in the $33,000 dollar range. Currently you can get this one on a slight discount on the secondary market, look to pay around $28,500 for one in good shape.

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WOTW: Shane Lowry’s Rolex Submariner 41 Date “Starbucks” in Green Ceramic

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Shane Lowry won the BMW PGA Championship this weekend, just beating Rory and Jon Rahm by 1 shot. You could tell Shane was excited about the win and even was quoted saying, “I’m the happiest man in the world right now.” Shane showed his big smile off while holding the champion’s trophy, all while wearing a Rolex Submariner “Starbucks” on his wrist.

WOTW Specs:
Name: Rolex Submariner 41 Date
Reference: 126610lv-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2020 – Current
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Green Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Black
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Rolex Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $10,600 (~$18,500)

Shane’s Submariner was introduced in 2020 and is one of the newest color combinations in the Submariner lineup. There have been other green and black color ways since the Submariner’s introduction in 1953. The original Submariner watches were built to supply the growing diving industry. Diving was brought back from the war and started to turn into a great hobby instead of just work and salvage.

The current generation Submariner was introduced by Rolex in 2020 with an updated case and movement. The Submariner has become a legendary watch and influenced almost every dive watch since its introduction. The new case on the Submariner has been expanded 1mm to 41 and it is made from of a solid block of 904L Oystersteel. Rolex chose 904L stainless steel because it is highly resistant to corrosion and takes a polish that lasts longer than traditional stainless. The right side of the case contains the crown that features Rolex’s Triplock waterproof system with triple seals to ensure the Submariner can reach a depth of 300 meters. The caseback is solid stainless steel and screws down into the case.

The bezel on top of the case is made from stainless steel and contains an insert made from Rolex’s Cerachrom ceramic. The green ceramic is highly scratch resistant contains a divers scale etched into it. The combination of the green bezel and black dial have given this Submariner the “Starbucks” nickname. The colors are the same as in the logo for the famous coffee brand and collectors like to add these names to Rolex watches. The black dial contains large hour markers made from white gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material. Shane’s Submariner has the date at 3 o’clock and that window is covered by a cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal.

Inside the Submariner is an updated Calibre 3235 self-winding, automatic movement that was designed and built in house. The 3235 features Rolex’s Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers for added durability and accuracy. Thirty one jewels keep all the main parts moving smoothly and the perpetual rotor winds the watch to give you up to 70 hours of power reserve. A Rolex Oyster bracelet keeps the Submariner on your wrist and is crafted from flat links of solid 904L Oystersteel. A folding Oysterlock safety clasp keeps the bracelet together and contains the Glidelock system for extending the bracelet without the use of any tools.

The “Starbucks” Submariner is a pretty popular model and it will be very hard to find one at your local Rolex dealer. The retail price is $10,600 but expect to pay around $18,500 for a new Submariner on the secondary market.

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WOTW: Rory McIlroy’s Green Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronometer

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Rory McIlroy just became the first player to ever win three FedEx Cup Championships. He shot a final-round 66 at East Lake Golf Club for a one-stroke win over Sungjae Im. Rory’s huge smiles might have been just as bright as the FedEx Cup trophy he held up in the Atlanta sun. On his wrist was his trusty Omega Seamaster Diver 300M that he has been wearing so often now.

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Name: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer
Reference: 210.32.42.20.10.001
Limited: No
Date: 2022
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Green Ceramic
Dial: Green Ceramic
Size: 42mm
Movement: Calibre 8800, 35 Jewels
Power Reserve: 55 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Green Rubber Strap
Price: $5,100 (~$5,500)

Omega has been making watches since 1848 when Louis Brandt opened the doors. You have probably seen the Omega logo and name all over the sporting world, especially during the Olympics. Omega has been the official timing partner of the Olympics for years. Rory joined the Omega team in 2013 and has been seen wearing many different Omega pieces in that time. Rory even had a solid gold signature Speedmaster back in 2019.

Omega has two iconic names when it comes to watches in the Seamaster and Speedmaster. Both watch lines have been around for decades, and the Seamaster takes its style and capability from the dive world. Rory’s green Seamaster looks to be a short run from earlier in the year since it is no longer available on Omega’s website. The case is the same 42mm stainless steel version as the normal Seamaster Diver. The caseback is stainless steel and contains a sapphire crystal display window to view the mechanic movement. On the right side of the case is the traditional screw-down crown and on the upper left side is the helium escape valve. For dives to extreme depths, gasses can build up in a watch and pop the crystal out of place or do other damage to the watch.

At the heart of the Seamaster is Omega’s Calibre 8800 self-winding, automatic movement featuring Omega’s Co-Axial escapement. The escapement in a watch movement is one of the most important parts and the Co-Axial design helps bring more precision throughout the life of the movement. The 8800 is also very resistant to magnetic fields that can influence the accuracy of the movement. The 55 hour power reserve should be more than enough for most wearers.

The green dial is made from ceramic, matching the ceramic insert on the bezel. The unidirectional ceramic bezel features a diving scale that is finished in white enamel. The hour marker is larger and filled with a luminescent material for a bright glow in low light. The date window sits at 6 o’clock and the whole dial is covered with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Holding the Diver 300M on wrist is a rubber strap in matching green. The strap comes together with stainless steel pin buckle for easy adjustment over a wetsuit.

This special Seamaster doesn’t show that it is available on Omega’s website any longer, so getting one might take a little bit of searching. The retail price was $5,100 and currently you can get one on the secondary for around $5,500. The secondary market price has dropped a good amount as it would have cost you around $8,000 to get one when Rory won the RBC Canadian Open back in June.

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