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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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WOTW: Bernd Wiesberger’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked

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Bernd Wiesberger defended his title at the Made in HimmerLand presented by FREJA on the European Tour this weekend. Bernd cruised to a 5 stroke win to capture his 8th European Tour win. The proud Austrian held up that distressed silver trophy and on his wrist was a very special Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked shining in the Denmark sun!

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Reference: 15416CE.OO.1225CE.01
Limited: Limited Production
Date: 2020 – Present
Case: Black Ceramic
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Openworked Slate Grey
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 3132, 38 Jewels
Power Reserve: 45 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Black Ceramic
Price: $80,300

Since 1972 the Royal Oak has been one of the most iconic and collectible sport watches in the world. Many special and limited editions have been created, but the Openworked models seem to stand out even more. Personally, I am a huge fan of the Openworked dials and think that few do them as well as AP. Introduced in 2016, this line of ‘Double Balancier’ Royal Oaks was originally offered in stainless steel or pink gold. Bernd’s black ceramic model was announced, somewhat quietly, in the fall of 2020. This new version features a 41mm case made out of black ceramic. Ceramic has been used more and more in watches since it offers extreme scratch-resistance while being very lightweight. Containing a combination of zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide, this modern ceramic is very durable and far from the brittleness of your favorite coffee mug. The black ceramic has a vertical brushed finish while the sides of the case are polished give it some texture and a unique shine. Creating these details with ceramic is extremely difficult and is part of the reason you pay a hefty premium over a steel model.

The famous octagon Royal Oak bezel is crafted from matching black ceramic and is held down with 8 hex screws. The dial is a window that allows you to view the Calibre 3132 movement’s mechanisms in all of their glory. Slate grey and pink gold parts mix perfectly with the fuchsia jewels. The polished hour markers and hands are crafted from pink gold and contain luminescent material for low-light viewing. The movement inside this piece is a Calibre 3132 that is self-winding, contains 38 jewels, and offers the wearer 45 hours of power reserve. Built entirely in-house, each piece of the 3132 has had nonstructural material removed from it in order to view as much of the movement as possible. This means that every piece takes even more time to hand finish with perfect bevels. Twin balance wheels and balance-springs on the same axis help with stability and precision in using that stored energy to tell accurate time. A solid 22ct pink gold rotor is viewable through the sapphire crystal caseback window.

The legendary Royal Oak bracelet is crafted from black ceramic and the attention to detail with the finishing is astonishing. AP matched the case with a vertical brushed finish on the links and then polished the sides. The bracelet comes together with a folding clasp that contains the AP logo. This special piece is VERY hard to come by and if you have an amazingly good relationship with your local Audemars Piguet dealer it will set you back $80,300. If you don’t have that relationship and need this Royal Oak on your wrist immediately, be ready to spend about $400,000 on the secondary market.

Bernd is a great international player who is seen routinely at the top of the leaderboard. He is also great Audemars Piguet ambassador and has quite a collection, I hope to see more of them in the very near future!

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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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WOTW Time Machine: Ty Tryon’s Oakley D1 at the 2002 Genuity Championship

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Ty Tryon was the youngest player to earn a PGA Tour card at the young age of 17! His 2002 season was unfortunately cut short due to a case of mono but he did play 4 events. He didn’t make the cut at the Genuity, but he was seen wearing a very popular Oakley D1 watch during play.

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Watch: Oakley D1
Reference: 10-080
Limited: No
Date: 2000 – 2005
Case: Aramid Fiber Resin
Bezel: Silver Aramid Fiber Resin
Dial: Digital LCD
Size: 44mm
Movement: Quartz
Power Reserve: ~2 Years
Glass: Mineral Crystal, Anti-Reflective
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Unobtainium Rubber Strap
Price: $180

Oakley is one of the biggest names in the sunglasses, and eyeglasses, world. Founded in 1975 by Jim Jannard, Oakley first started out making rubber grips for motocross bikes. Jannard named the company after his dog and the grips were made from a unique rubber, Unobtainium, that is still used in the earsocks on Oakley glasses.

The first pair of Oakley sunglasses were released in 1984 and the first watches in 1998. The first watch was the very sleek and smooth Time Bomb, a $1,500 automatic made from steel or titanium. In 2000 Oakley launched a new line of digital watches that were made for use during sporting events and training. The D1 and D.5 were geared towards everyday wear, came in a handful of color combinations, and were at a much more obtainable price point.

True specs are hard to find since the line was discontinued 16 years ago, but the case has been listed as 44mm. I owned this exact watch and it defiantly wore a little smaller than that. The black case is made from Aramid Fiber resin, a more durable plastic variant to hand the shocks and bumps of sports. There were 2 rubber buttons on each side of the D1 to control all the timing functions. The earlier black and silver D1 models had silver buttons to match the bezel, as you can see on Ty’s D1, while the later models changed to black. The bezel was also made from Aramid Fiber Resin and painted silver with a gunmetal metal “O” at 12 o’clock. At the 6 o’clock position sat a larger silver button to start and stop the timers.

The glass was mineral crystal for good scratch resistance and it was also coated with an anti-reflective coating for easy reading in direct sunlight. The dial is a traditional LCD screen with a silver background with black numbers and letters. There was also a reverse version of the LCD in some of the other colorways offered. The D1 offered the ability to tell time in two different time zones, run in 12 or 24 hour time, had a stopwatch with 99 laps, a countdown timer, and multiple alarm settings.

There was also a light button on the side of the case that would illuminate the entire dial in green light for easy reading at night. The back of the case was Aramid Fiber Resin covered in Oakley’s Unobtainium rubber for grip and comfort. The rubber strap was done in black Unobtainium and was molded to fit the contours of the case perfectly. This sleek look was influenced by the older Time Bomb and it stayed in place on the wrist very well. The other available colors were black/black (black LCD), black/yellow( black LCD), black/red, blue/silver, and a gunmetal/silver.

It is very unfortunate that Ty’s stay on the PGA Tour was brief. He did make some appearances on the Web.com Tour back in 2018, and I think we would all love to see him back in action today!

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