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WOTW: Sungjae Im’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold

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Sungjae Im recorded his second PGA Tour victory with a four-stroke win at the Shriners Children’s Open this weekend. The young tour pro has played some really good golf over the past couple of years, proving that his win last March wasn’t a fluke. Sungjae proudly held that crystal trophy in the air and looked to have a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in rose gold on his wrist.

WOTW Specs

Name: Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: 126655-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Present
Case: 18ct Everose Gold
Bezel: Matte Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Matte Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Oysterflex Strap
Price: $27,300 (~$33,000)

The Rolex Yacht-Master was originally introduced in 1992 and was the first new model since Rolex debuted the Daytona in 1963! The Yacht-Master was designed to be a more luxurious sport watch with a nautical theme. The first version was crafted out of solid yellow gold and featured a larger, chunkier bezel. The Yacht-Master that Sungjae looked to be wearing was released about 37 years later, in 2019. The main design feature on the Yacht-Master is the larger bezel that is crafted from 18ct Everose gold. The uni-directional bezel also houses a matte black Cerachrom ceramic insert with a 60-minute graduated scale on it. The numbers and graduations are raised and polished for a distinct look. The case on the Yacht-Master is made from Rolex’s own 18ct Everose gold. Rolex takes their metal, precious or not, very serious and have their own foundry to crate each alloy. This foundry ensures that the Everose gold will not fade or tarnish with everyday wear. Rolex’s Everose gold was first introduced in 2005 and Rolex even went so far as to patent the alloy. On the right side of the case is a Everose gold screw-down crown with a Triplock waterproof seal to ensure the watch stays waterproof to 100 meters. The dial is finished in Matte Black and has the date window at 3 o’clock. The hour markers surrounding the dial and hour/minute hands are made from white gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material that glows blue in low light. A sapphire crystal covers the dial and features a magnifying Cyclops Lens over the date window for easier viewing.

Inside the Yacht-Master 40 is Rolex’s Calibre 3235, a self-winding automatic movement. The 3235 was designed and fully built in-house at Rolex and is a COSC certified Chronometer and is also certified by Rolex after it is installed in the case to ensure precision time-keeping. Seventy hours of power reserve is created in the movement and it contains 31 jewels. To hold the Yacht-Master on your wrist is Rolex’s Oysterflex strap, made from black elastomer. The Oysterflex features titanium and nickel alloy blades that encased in the rubber to improve durability white the inside of the strap has a patented cushioning system to ensure it is comfortable. The strap comes together with Rolex’s Oysterlock safety clasp that has their Glidelock system to dial in the perfect fit. The Everose Gold Yacht-Master 40 has a retail price of $27,300 if you can find one at your preferred retailer, but good luck on the search. These are hard to get your hands on and if you don’t have a solid relationship with an authorized dealer be ready to spend around $33,000 on the secondary market for one.

Congratulations to Sungjae Im on a terrific win and hopefully we will see many more for this young pro. I also hope to see some more terrific time pieces on his wrist!

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WOTW: Danny Willett’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in Stainless Steel and Black

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Danny Willett just won his 8th professional tournament at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Danny and the field took on the Old Course at St. Andrews and finished with a 2 stroke win over Tyrell Hatton and Joakim Lagergren. Danny stood on Swilcan Bridge and held the large trophy high in the air while wearing what looked to be an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in stainless steel and black.

WOTW Specs:
Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding
Reference: 15500ST.OO.1220ST.03
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Present
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Black Grande Tapisserie
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 4302, 32 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Price: $23,900

Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak in 1972, while the mechanical watch world was struggling to compete with quartz watches. The original Royal Oak was about 10x more expensive than a Rolex Submariner and at 39mm, was considered extremely bold. Since then it has been the most iconic and coveted watch line Audemars Piguet has ever made.

The 15500 Royal Oak was released in 2019 with an updated movement and display back case to view that movement. The current case is now considered tame at 41mm across, 10.4mm thick, and made from stainless steel. On top of the case is what makes the Royal Oak a Royal Oak, the octagon bezel. The bezel features a brushed finish on top while the sides are polished to a mirror finish. The bezel is held down with 8 of the famous hex screws and holds the glareproofed sapphire crystal in place. The black dial features Audemars Piguet’s Grande Tapisserie texture to give it some depth and reflect light from all angles.

Grande Tapisserie is a pattern of small squares that are beveled and require a lot of time to create perfectly. There is a date window at 3 o’clock and the hour markers are crafted from white gold and filled with a luminescent material. The hands and hour markers are made from white gold to ensure they don’t fade or tarnish over time.

Inside this classic Royal Oak is Audemars Piguet’s own Calibre 4302 mechanical movement. The 4302 is a simple self-winding movement by AP stanrdards, made from 257 parts including 32 jewels. The 4302 offers the wearer 70 hours of power reserve and view the mechanical masterpiece through the display back window on the back of the watch. The display back window is made from the same sapphire crystal as the face of the watch and held down with 8 screws that help give the Royal Oak a 50 meter waterproof rating.

The Royal Oak bracelet is another iconic AP design and from what I hear, extremely comfortable to wear. Made from matching stainless steel, it comes together at a folding clasp with the AP logo etched into it. Like most steel sport watches, the 15500 is hard to find at your local Audemars Piguet dealer. If you can get one through your dealer you can expect to pay the retail price of $23,900, but they aren’t easy to find. On the secondary market this Royal Oak will tend to set you back around $46,000.

Danny is a great player and always exciting to see him win tournaments. He has been on the Audemars Piguet team for many years and is usually wearing a great piece on his wrist. I can’t wait to see what exciting Royal Oak is on his wrist next!

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What an unbelievable victory it was for Team USA this weekend! Any golf fan had to be excited with the strong play from everyone on the team and seeing that gold trophy back on US soil was fantastic. I was watching for the golf, but also couldn’t help noticing some of the watches that Team USA was wearing!

Captain Steve Stricker
Rolex Sky-Dweller White Gold and Black (326139-0003 – ~$31,000)
The Sky-Dweller is one of Rolex’s most complicated watches they have ever made. The case is made from white gold and the unique dial is black with the white off-center 24hr ring and white gold numeral hour markers. A fluted white gold Ring Command bezel actually works with the mechanical movement to set the date, time, and additional time zone. A black alligator leather strap gives this discontinued watch a classic look. Made between 2014-2018 this Sky-Dweller has become more and more collectible, currently demanding around $31,000.

Vice Captain Phil Mickelson
Rolex Yacht-Master II in Platinum (116689-0002 – $48,150)
The Yacht-Master II is the largest watch Rolex currently sells, at 44 millimeters. Phil’s model is crafted from white gold and platinum, making it a very heavy piece on the wrist. A Ring Command bezel, made from platinum, works with the Calibre 4161 automatic movement to run the countdown timer function and set the time. A white dial is hand finished and surrounded by white gold hour markers filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material. The classic Oyster bracelet is made from solid links of white gold with a brushed and polished 2-tone finish.

Vice Captain Davis Love III
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel and Coral Red (124300-0007 – $5,900)
One of the newest Rolex models, released in 2020, the new colorful dials on the Oyster Perpetual have become highly coveted by watch lovers. A Coral Red model like DL3 was wearing will cost you over double the $5,900 retail price on the secondary market. At 41mm this is the largest Oyster Perpetual model in the line. Internally there is Rolex’s Calibre 3230, a self-winding automatic movement with 70 hours power reserve. Made completely out of Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel, the OP is extremely corrosion resistant and waterproof to 100 meters. An Oyster bracelet attaches the watch to your wrist and contains Rolex’s Oysterclasp  with 5mm Easylink adjustment link.

Patrick Cantlay
Rolex Datejust 41 in Stainless Steel and Black (126334-0017 – $9,650)
The Rolex Datejust is one of the longest running product names in the catalog. Introduced in 1945, it was the first self-winding automatic watch to have a date that changed over instantly at midnight. A 41mm case made of 904L Oystersteel protects a Rolex Calibre 3235 movement that offers 70hrs of power reserve and contains 31 jewels. The iconic Rolex fluted bezel gives the watch a little more bling and is crafted from white gold. An Oyster bracelet is made from matching Oystersteel and comes together with Rolex’s Oysterclasp that features an Easylink extension link to dial in the perfect fit.

Bryson DeChambeau
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel and Coral Red (124300-0007 – $5,900)
Yes, Bryson and David Love III were wearing the same Oyster Perpetual this week! The Coral Red dial is hand-finished and contains white gold hour markers that are filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material for easy reading in low light. A domed bezel is made from stainless steel and polished for a mirror-like finish that flows perfectly with the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. A solid value if you can find one at your Rolex dealer, but be ready to spend over $13,000 for a new one on the secondary market.

Collin Morikawa
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Master Chronometer GMT Worldtimer (220.12.43.22.03.001 – $8,900)
Collin was seen wearing a dressier rose gold De Ville Chronograph during the opening ceremonies but put on this Seamaster Worldtimer to celebrate the victory. Created from stainless steel the 43mm case surrounds a detailed blue dial with a picture of the world at the center. The world is printed on a Grade 5 titanium disc and surrounded by a glass ring with a 24hr scale printed on it. Iconic cities from around the world surround the dial and are color coded to work with the 24hr ring so you can tell the time at any location in the world. The light blue section of the ring denotes daytime hours while the darker blue shows nighttime. Omega designed the Calibre 8938 to run this world time function as well as keep precise local time and contains their CO-AXIAL escapement for better energy transfer. A textured blue rubber strap with contrast stitching keeps the watch securely on the wrist.

Dustin Johnson
Hublot Big Bang UNICO Golf Texalium Blue Carbon (416.YL.5120.VR – ~$27,500)
Limited to just 200 pieces worldwide, the Blue Carbon version of the Big Bang UNICO Golf watch is not seen very often. This extremely complicated HUB 1580 movement not only tells time, but keeps your score on the course. The pushers on the right side of the case are used to track what hole you are on and the score for that hole. Your current total score is displayed just above 6 o’clock and it is all handled mechanically. The case is 45mm and made from Blue Carbon fiber with a Texalium layer that gives the carbon fiber a silver shine to it. The classic Hublot round bezel is made from the same blue carbon fiber and held down with 6 titanium H-screws.

Brooks Koepka
Rolex Daytona “Panda” in Stainless Steel (116500ln-0001 – $13,150)
The most coveted and collectable watch in the world today, say hello to the Rolex Daytona “Panda”. All Daytonas are collectable but the white dial that Brooks was wearing is the classic version with the black ring subdials. Made from 904L Oystersteel, the 40mm case is easy to wear by all but the largest and smallest wrists. The Daytona was introduced in 1963 and is named after the famous road race. The bezel is made from black Cerachrom ceramic and designed to pay homage to the classic 1965 model. Getting one takes a great relationship with your Rolex dealer, get on a waiting list of over 2 years, or pay the $37,500 price they demand on the secondary market.

Justin Thomas
Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” on Jubilee (126710blro-0001 – $9,700)
The Rolex GMT-Master II is a hard watch to get your hands on and the “Pepsi” versions might be the hardest. The “Pepsi” nickname comes from the uni-directional blue and red Cerachrom ceramic bezel that is very hard to create and took Rolex years to perfect. Made from 904L Oystersteel, the 40mm case has a stainless screw-down case back that gives the GMT a 100m water resistance rating. Inside is Rolex’s own Calibre 3285 self-winding, automatic movement that is Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) certified to be extremely accurate. A Jubilee bracelet gives the watch a slightly flashier look and is made from solid Oystersteel links.

Jordan Spieth
Rolex GMT-Master II White Gold “Pepsi” (116719blro-0001 – ~$39,000)
Jordan kept his watch pretty hidden all week and had nothing on his wrist while spraying champaign on teammates. I found a glimpse of his GMT-Master II under his brown sport coat during the opening ceremonies. If you want an “under the radar” watch, the white gold GMT-Master II is the perfect candidate. Most will see a “Pepsi” dial and think it is a traditional steel model, but those who really know understand how special this watch is. Only made from the end of 2014 through 2018, these are crafted from Rolex’s own white gold alloy. Rolex has its own foundry to ensure that their white gold is durable enough for everyday wear. A classic black dial with white gold hour markers and a date window at 3 o’clock is easy to read. Rolex’s Oyster bracelet is made from 3 flat links of solid white gold and finished in a brushed and polished 2-tone finish. These white gold GMT pieces will command around $39,000 on the secondary market, compared to around $23,000 for a steel model.

Daniel Berger
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold (126655-0002 – $27,300)
The combination of rose gold and black is pretty stunning on the Yacht-Master 40. Introduced in 2019, Berger has been wearing this piece for a few years now. The case is made from Rolex’s own rose gold alloy that is engineered to not fade or corrode under any daily wear. A screw-down crown on the right side of the case is made from matching rose gold and features Rolex’s Triplock waterproof seals. A bidirectional rose gold bezel contains a matte black Cerachrom ceramic insert with 60-minute graduated markings. A black rubber Oysterflex strap encases “blades” of titanium and nickel that add durability to the strap. The strap also features a patented cushioning system to add comfort and Rolex’s Oysterclasp in matching rose gold.

Not everyone wore something on their wrist, I did not see any of these players or vice captains wearing a watch during the Ryder Cup.

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  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Tony Finau
  • Harris English
  • Zach Johnson
  • Fred Couples
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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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