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WOTW Time Machine: Tiger Woods’ TAG Heuer Kirium F1 From The 2006 Open Championship

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This year’s Open Championship will be held at England’s Royal St. George’s Golf Club but unfortunately, Tiger won’t be in the field. In 2006 he won his 3rd Claret Jug, over his good friend Chris DiMarco, by two strokes. In his usual Sunday red, Tiger held that jug high in the air with a TAG Heuer Kirium F1 on his wrist.

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Name: TAG Heuer Kirium Formula 1
Reference: CL111A.FT6000
Limited: No
Date: 2006 – 2008
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Analog and Digital LCD
Size: 39mm
Movement: Quartz
Power Reserve: ~2 Years
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Waterproof: 200 Meters
Bracelet: Black Rubber Strap
Price: ~$900

TAG Heuer has been an iconic brand in watchmaking for years and was started back in 1860 by Edouard Heuer. Heuer was known for creating the first dashboard chronograph that was used in planes and automobiles. The Kirium line of watches was introduced in 2002 and had sleek, rounded lines that were influenced by auto racing, especially F1. The Kirium F1 that Tiger put on his wrist was yet another analog and digital combination that he loved so much in the early 2000s.

The Kirium F1 had a 39mm case made from stainless steel that almost looked like it was flowing. very round with zero sharp corners or edges to be seen. The screw-down case back was even domed with a hint to its digital internals with LCD style engraving. While the case did look sleek and rounded, it is rather thick at around 15mm tall. The uni-directional bezel is tapered to match the case and made from matching stainless steel.

The bezel surrounds a scratch-resistant domed, sapphire crystal that protects a seemingly plain black dial with polished hands. The black dial is actually a digital LCD screen that will display the date, alarms, and timing functions. Those features all stayed hidden until you pressed the pushers on the side of the case, then you would see the dial come to life with 3 hidden LCD displays. The dial would show the date at 3 o’clock, the function you were using at the top, and the timing numbers at the bottom of the dial.

Inside the Kirium was a quartz movement that was powered by a battery and gave the wearer around 2 years of power depending on the use. The traditional polished hour and minute hands had a small amount of luminescent material in them, but they were still not easy to read at night. However, the LCD screens were back-lit and very bright in low light.

The Kirium F1 had 2 bracelet options; a sleek stainless steel bracelet that flowed with the lines of the case or a sportier rubber strap. Tiger seemed to wear far more rubber straps back then and he chose the smooth black rubber option. The rubber strap fit the unique lug style of the case and came together with a satin-finished stainless steel deployant clasp. I couldn’t find the original MSRP of the Kirium F1 but it seems to currently trade around $900 for a good example.

Tiger was a Tag Heuer athlete from 2002 until 2011 and wore some interesting watches during that time. Hopefully, he will get back on the course after his injuries and we can see him battling for another Claret Jug soon. Maybe even wearing something other than his current Rolex DeepSea!

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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. Jawa

    Jul 15, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    I would love to know WOTW of the Live From crew.

  2. Jonathan

    Jul 14, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    I love these historical WOTW articles. It’s amazing how much more expensive PGA Tour players’ watches have gotten in the last 20 years.

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WOTW: Patrick Cantlay’s Rolex Datejust Rolesor in Black

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For the second week in a row, we get to see Patrick Cantlay play some amazing golf, battling the best players in the world.

We also got to see him win another tournament and hold a couple of trophies in the air wearing his Rolex Datejust in Rolesor (stainless steel and white gold) and Black.

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Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41
Reference: 126334-0017
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: White Gold Fluted
Dial: Bright Black
Size: 41 mm
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $9,650 (~$12,500)

Patrick just came off a two-week stretch where he played some stunning and entertaining golf. From a six-hole playoff against Bryson to holding off a hard-charging Jon Rahm to win the Tour Championship, Cantlay defined “strong finish.”

In his back-to-back wins, Cantlay was wearing what looked like a Rolex Datejust 41 in Rolesor — Rolex’s combination of Oystersteel and white gold — on his wrist. Patrick could be wearing the 36 mm version as a comment suggested, but it is hard to tell from photos. The 41 mm is the most popular size.

We don’t want to write the same article as last week, so today we jump into a few more details of Cantlay’s Datejust.

The Rolex Datejust was introduced in 1945 and was the first self-winding automatic watch with a date window that changed over instantly at midnight. For most date windows ,you will see the number in the window start to creep up as the time gets closer to midnight, but for Rolex that wasn’t acceptable. They engineered the Calibre 3235 movement, and the others before it, to rotate the internal date wheel so quickly at midnight that you cannot see it move. Instant change.

The Calibre 3235 was designed and is completely built in-house by Rolex. Released in 2015, the 3235 was replacing the beloved Calibre 3135 movement that was considered one of the more durable for daily wear. A larger Blue Parachrom hairspring and Chronergy Escapment upped the power reserve to 70 hours (3135 had 48 hours) and increased the efficiency by about 15 percent. Rolex added its Paraflex shock absorbers for durability and ball-bearings to the main rotor for smoother feel and rotation.

Cantlay’s Datejust is made from stainless steel, but it isn’t just bought from the steel producer with the best price. Rolex owns its own foundry and makes the 904L Oystersteel itself to ensure that it is of the quality it demands and has no variations from watch to watch. The 904L is extremely corrosion resistant for its dive watches and takes a polish better for either brushed finish or a mirror-like shine. T

he 41mm case and the Oyster bracelet are both made from this Rolex alloy. The white gold bezel is also created in this foundry and is formulated to keeps its color longer than a typical formula. The fluted white gold bezel is a Rolex design icon and not only looks classic and dressy but also screws into the case to help with the water-resistant rating.

The legendary Oyster bracelet is made from solid flat links of 904L and the center links are polished while the outer links are brushed for a great two-tone look. Rolex’s Oysterclasp features an Easylink extension for 5 mm of tool-free adjustment to dial in the fit.

Rolex dials are typically hand-finished and set by experts with years of experience in-house. Dials start off as brass discs and go through up to 60 steps to ensure they are painted and finished off perfectly. Patrick’s dial is Bright Black with a sunray finish that refracts light for a deeper look. The hour markers are made from white gold, filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material, and handset on the dial. The date window is at 3 o’clock and that is covered by a synthetic sapphire crystal with a cyclops lens over it for easier reading.

We should all give a big congratulations to Patrick on winning the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup! He proved just how difficult that is to do and why not many have done it. I hope he takes a little time for himself and gets a new watch to celebrate the occasion! I suggest a white gold Rolex Daytona with a Meteorite dial on an Osyterflex strap!

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WOTW: Patrick Cantlay’s Rolex Datejust 41 Rolesor Fluted Black

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Patrick Cantlay participated in one of the most amazing playoffs in recent memory. He and Bryson went 6 extra holes before Cantlay birdied the 18th hole for the win. It was a hard fought battle in the Maryland heat and Patrick then put on what looked like a Rolex Datejust 41 in steel and black during the trophy ceremony.

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Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41
Reference: 126334-0017
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: White Gold Fluted
Dial: Bright Black
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $9,650 (~$12,500)

The Datejust is one of the longest running names in the Rolex catalog, being introduced in 1945. It isn’t the most coveted watch in the Rolex line, but it is considered one of the cornerstones. The Datejust was the first watch that was self-winding and contain a date that switched over at midnight automatically. The current Datejust comes in a few different sizes and it looks like Patrick was wearing the largest, 41mm, version. The current Datejust 41 was release in 2017 and is a truly everyday watch that you can wear with a t-shirt or a suit. The 41mm case is milled from Rolex’s own stainless steel, 904L Oystersteel. This alloy is extremely corrosion resistant and takes a polish better than other stainless steels. On the side of the case is the winding crown that contains Rolex’s Twinlock double seal system to help give the Datejust a 100 meter waterproof rating. A screw-down case back is also made from solid Oystersteel. On top of the case is a fluted bezel made from white gold that gives the watch a slightly more dressy and recognizable look. Rolex’s fluted bezel has become an iconic design that is offered on a handful of models. A Bright Black dial has white gold hour markers around it that are filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for a long lasting blue glow in low light. The black dial has a sunray finish applied to it so it diffuses light to give it a bright shine in any light condition. The legendary date window is at 3 o’clock there is a magnifying cyclops lens over it. That lens is glued onto the scratch resistent sapphire crystal that covers the dial.

Inside the Datejust is an updated Calibre 3235 mechanical movement that offers an improved 70 hours of power reserve and 31 jewels. The 3235 was built and designed entirely in-house by Rolex. A Rolex Oyster bracelet is made up of flat, solid, links of Oystersteel with a brushed finish on the outer links and polished center links. This is the slightly sportier option as you can get the more flashy Jubiliee bracelet on this piece. Rolex’s Oysterclasp brings the bracelet together and contains the Easylink extension link that offers 5mm of adjustment to dial in the perfect fit. Datejust models tend to be on the more affordable side of the Rolex lineup, but recently have become harder to find. Like their sport model siblings, a Datejust like this trades for almost $3,000 over its retail price on the secondary market.

Patrick showed some amazing determination and will power over the weekend. It takes a special player to go through a playoff of that magnitude and come out victorious. I know we will see more of him hoisting trophies in the coming years and I hope to see more diverse watches on his wrist.

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WOTW Time Machine: Kevin Kisner’s Rolex Datejust 41 from the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

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Kevin Kisner won in a 6-way playoff this past weekend at the Wyndham Championship, but he wasn’t wearing a watch during the trophy ceremony. So, we take a look back at the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play where Kevin won and was wearing a Rolex Datejust 41 in stainless steel while holding up the Walter Hagen Cup.

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Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41
Reference: 126300-0003
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: 904L Oystersteel
Dial: Silver
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $7,650 (Current Market $10,500)

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic watch lines from the most recognized watch brand in the world. Widely considers one of the most common and versatile Rolex watches around, it has been in the catalog since 1945. When the Datejust was released, it was to mark Rolex’s 40th anniversary, and it was the first self-winding automatic wristwatch to feature a date window that changed on its own at midnight.

Kisner’s Datejust 41 was released in 2017 and is still in the current lineup. The current Datejust comes in a few sizes; 31mm, 36mm, and 41mm to fit any wrist or style. Kisner looks to be wearing the 41mm version with a case made of Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel. Oystersteel is created in Rolex’s own foundry and engineered to be a more corrosion-resistant stainless steel as well as to take on a better polish. The case features the traditional screw-down case back and a Twinlock screw down crown to give the Datejust a 100 meter water resistance rating.

The polished smooth bezel is done in stainless steel and gives the Datejust a more casual look compared to the optional fluted bezel. A silver dial is crafted with a sunray finish that highlights and reflects light for a deeper look and feel. Hour markers are made from white gold, polished, and filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow in low light. The hour, minute, and sweeping second hands are also made from white gold and there is a date window at the 3 o’clock position. Covering the dial is a sapphire crystal glass that offers a magnifying cyclops lens over the date for easier viewing.

Inside the Datejust is Rolex’s in-house Calibre 3235 self-winding, automatic movement. The 3235 features Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring for better energy transfer and Paraflex shock absorbers for added durability. The 3235 will run for about 70 hours on its power reserve and is a certified Swiss Superlative Chronometer (COSC) to ensure it is extremely accurate in any condition or temperature. Rolex’s Oyster bracelet is made from solid flat links of 904L Oystersteel and comes together with an Oysterclasp. The Oysterclasp also features Rolex’s Easylink extension link that offers 5mm of adjustment to dial in the fit.

Kevin Kisner is a great golfer, and it is hard not to root for him. I love his game as well as the way he is so candid off the course. I know we will see more wins from him on tour and I hope he can get back to wearing some watches!

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