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WOTW: John Daly’s Rolex Yacht-Master II in Solid Yellow Gold

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The PNC Championship is always such a fun tournament to watch and this year was no exception. With fantastic golf played by everyone and Tiger making his first appearance in months, there was something for everyone. Fan favorite, John Daly, and his son played the best golf and took home the red belts! As John accepted his trophy, he did so with a Rolex Yacht-Master II on his wrist.

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Name: Rolex Yacht-Master II
Reference: 116688-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 18ct Gold
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Sapphire Crystal
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 4161, 48 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 18ct Gold
Price: $43,550 (~$50,000)

Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master in 1992 as a high-end companion to the Submariner. Typically made from precious metals, gold, and platinum, the Yacht-Master was designed to be more luxurious on the water. Fast forward to 2007 and the Yacht-Master II was introduced with more of the serious sailor in mind. Built with a mechanical countdown timer, the Yacht-Master II is used for synchronizing the start of sailboat races.

At 44mm, the Yacht-Master II is the largest model in the Rolex lineup. Made from Rolex’s own 18ct gold, the 44mm case is one solid piece. Rolex created their own foundry for creating metals and alloys that live up to the extremely high Rolex expectations. The caseback is crafted from matching 18ct gold and screws down to seal the watch and give it a 100 meter waterproof rating. On the right side of the case is a screw-down crown with a Triplock waterproof system and 2 pushers made from 18ct gold.

On top of the case is a 18ct gold bezel with a blue Cerachrom ceramic insert filled with gold paint that contains actual gold for an unmatched shine. The bezel not only is a beautiful piece, but uniquely functional. Ring Command is an engineering masterpiece created by Rolex that connects the rotation of the bezel to the mechanical movement.

Turning the bezel clockwise or counterclockwise will allow the user to set the time, date, and countdown timer. Using the bezel in conjunction with the movement is a pretty rare design and a special Calibre 4161 movement was needed. Designed and built completely in-house by Rolex, the 4161 is a self-winding automatic movement with many functions. The most complicated function is the mechanical count-down timer with a memory! The timer can be set between 1 and 10 minutes for starting sailboat races, but you can also reset the timer and it will go back to the same minutes you originally set it for. Along with the mechanical timer the 4161 also keeps extremely accurate time, as it is a Swiss COSC certified movement.

The dial on John’s Yacht-Master II is hand finished in white and is surrounded by yellow gold hour markers that are filled with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow. At 6 o’clock is a gold dial that keeps track of the seconds and from 8 o’clock to 4 is the countdown timer display surrounded in blue. All of the hands are crafted in yellow gold, polished, and filled with Chromalight as well.

The bracelet on the Yacht-Master II is the classic Rolex Oyster design, made from 3 solid links of 18ct gold.

The outside links contain a brushed finish while the center links are polished to a mirror finish. A folding 18ct gold Oysterlock claps brings the bracelet together and features Rolex’s Easylink extension for tool free adjustment. The Yacht-Master II, like all other Rolex models, is not an easy find at your dealer. While demand is not as high as something like a Daytona, expect to still pay over retail if you buy one on the secondary market. The retail price is $43,550 and if you have to get yours on the secondary market expect to pay around $50,000.

Congratulations to John Daly and his son, John Daly II, on winning the PNC Championship. It was a great weekend of golf and so fun to see families come together to enjoy this game. I know we will see more of John on the Champion’s Tour, and hopefully he has a few more gold watches to show off!

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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. Harry Mize

    Jan 19, 2022 at 4:36 am

    He’ll be pawning it in a few years when he undoubtably goes broke.

  2. Brian

    Dec 23, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    As a watch guy I love this profile. More what are they wearing would be great.

    • Paul Evans

      Dec 26, 2021 at 6:46 am

      The correct abbreviation is kt. A carat is a unit of measurement for gemstones. One carat is 1/5 gram. Gold is graded in karats with 24kt being pure gold. 18kt gold is 75% gold and the highest percentage normally used for watches or jewelry settings.

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WOTW: Bubba Watson’s NEW Richard Mille 38-02 Tourbillon “The Pink Watch”

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Bubba Watson has been a member of the Richard Mille family since 2011. He has had three signature watches in that time, all in white, but he has always wanted a pink version. Richard Mille decided to celebrate its 10-plus year partnership with the golfer with the release of Bubba’s fourth signature watch, the RM38-02. Unfortunately, only 50 lucky people will get their hands on “The Pink Watch.”

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Name: Richard Mille 38-02 Tourbillon Bubba Watson
Reference: RM38-02
Limited: Yes, 50 Pieces
Date: 2022
Case: TPT Quartz and TPT Carbon
Bezel: TPT Quartz
Dial: Skeleton
Size: 43mm
Movement: Calibre RM38-02, Manual Wind
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 50 Meters
Bracelet: White Rubber
Price: ~1,000,0000+

Richard Mille founded his watch company in 2001 after years of working in the watch industry. Mille had a vision of watches that no one wanted to make at the time, so he left his general manager position at a jeweler to start his own company. Richard Mille watches are ultra high end, featuring cutting edge technology and materials.

Bubba and Mille met at a golf tournament and Bubba has been a member of the RM family since 2011. Bubba shocked the golf world when he teed off in his first signature watch, the $525,000 RM038 Tourbillon Bubba Watson. The off-white case, made from a lightweight magnesium alloy, and white rubber strap stood out on the course and the price sent shockwaves through the golf world. Richard Mille followed up Bubba’s Masters wins with a special RM38-01 Tourbillon G-Sensor Bubba Watson. The 2012 RM38-01 flew a little under the radar in the golf world, but it featured a mechanical G-force meter to measure the G’s produced by a golf swing and an $825,000 price tag. Bubba still wears the RM38-01 and has posted the addition of a pink strap on his social media. The RM055 was the third model and probably the most tame of the group and the most affordable at just under $100,000. White is still the signature color but this time made from Richard Mille’s ATZ alloy and Grade 5 titanium.

The latest Bubba signature model is fittingly called the RM38-02 Tourbillon Bubba Watson and finally comes in pink! Working with a powerful player like Bubba, Richard Mille knows that any watch he wears has to stand up to the destructive forces of the golf swing. The 3-piece tonneau-shaped case wears on the larger side, 43mm wide and 50mm long. The center case section of the TM38-02 is made from TPT Carbon and pink TPT Quartz layers for strength and weight concerns.

The bezel and caseback are made from white and pink layers of TPT Quartz. Both TPT Quartz and TPT Carbon are used by Richard Mille exclusively and have a connection to the TPT Golf company. The TPT Quartz bezel is made from layers of silica that are 45 microns thick and the pink layers are laid at a 45* angle for the unique look. Nitrate o-rings seal the bezel, middle case, and caseback together while 20 Grade 5 titanium spline screws hold everything together. On the right side of the case is a large crown that features a golf ball dimple design on the cap. The crown contains a torque-limiting design so you cannot over-wind the movement, damaging the barrel spring.

The Calibre RM38-02 features a skeleton design that allows you to see the engineering masterpiece inside the watch. The 38-02 is manual winding so you have to remember to wind it before the 70 hour power reserve runs out. Manual wind movements tend to be a little more durable when it comes to shocks and the 38-02 can withstand an astounding 10,000G’s of force! The baseplate is made from Carbon TPT and milled into shape by Richard Mille in house. Mille chose to use Carbon TPT because it provides extreme resistance to micro cracks and splitting. The twin bridges are made from Grade 5 titanium for its rigidity and hold the tourbillon in place. A tourbillon is a complicated part of the movement that constantly rotates the balance wheel and escapement so gravity cannot influence the timekeeping.

The white strap is made from rubber and comes together with a deployment clasp. The straps can be swapped out by removing 4 titanium spline screws, 2 on each side, and then removing the strap from the case. Only 50 of these RM38-02 watches will be made for the entire world. That could mean that unless you have a long-standing relationship with Richard Mille, you probably won’t be offered one of the 50. I have not been able to find a retail price yet but am going to bet that when one hits the secondary market it will demand a price around $1,000,000.

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WOTW Time Machine: Rory McIlroy’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Grand Prix”

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Let’s take a look back at when Rory Won the 2012 PGA Championship since no PGA, LPGA, or European Tour winners were wearing watches this weekend.

Rory had the curly hair 10 years ago and held off Jason Day for the second major of his career. Rory held that Wanamaker trophy high in the Kiawah Island sun with a limited edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore on his wrist.

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Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Chronograph
Reference: 26290RO.OO.A001VE.01
Limited: Yes, 650 Pieces
Date: 2010
Case: 18kt Pink Gold
Bezel: Forged Carbon
Dial: Anodized Aluminum
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3126/3840, 59 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Calfskin Leather, Pink Gold Pintle Buckle
Price: ~$56,000

Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875 and began building precise timepieces in the Valley de Joux. Fast forward to 1972 and AP was struggling to compete with the more accurate and cheaper quartz watches that were flooding the market at the time. Audemars Piguet launched the legendary Royal Oak and it has been the flagship line of watches ever since. In 1992, Audemars Piguet met the demand for larger watches with the Royal Oak Offshore line. Since then the Offshore has been the bigger and more rugged sibling that is built for a life on the water. Rory’s Offshore Grand Prix was introduced in 2010 and a limited edition of 650 pieces in Pink Gold. The Grand Prix series also included a Forged Caron version of 1750 pieces and a very limited Platinum model with only 75 pieces made for the entire world.

The Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Chronograph is built off of a 44mm case made from solid 18kt Pink Gold. Both sides of the case feature Forged Carbon accents with the right side using the high tech material as the guards for the pink gold pushers and crown. Instead of using sheets of woven carbon fibers, forged carbon is created by taking chopped pieces of carbon and mixing them with resin. The automative design influence is seen everywhere on the watch and if you look at the screw down crown, it reminds you of the inside of a wheel. A caseback made from matching pink gold contains a sapphire crystal window to view the mechanical movement. On the top of the case is the iconic octagon bezel done in matching forged carbon and black ceramic. The forged carbon features intricate detail on the side that look like “vents” and sits on top of a black ceramic baseplate. These bezel parts are held in place with titanium hex bolts that are recessed into the bezel so they don’t get snagged or damaged. Under a glare proofed sapphire crystal is an aluminum dial done in AP’s negative Méga Tapisserie pattern. The is surrounded by a tachymeter scale that is done in bright red. Three subdials sit at 12, 9, and 6 o’clock and all have an automotive gauge design to them. A date window sits at 3 o’clock and features an internal magnifying lens to help read the numerals.

Inside the Grand Prix is a self-winding, automatic movement design and built in-house by Audemars Piguet. The Calibre 3126/3840 contains 59 jewels and gives the wearer 50 hours of power reserve. The 3126 features a modular design and contains a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module to run the hours, minutes, and small second hands of the subdials. The strap on Rory’s Grand Prix is made from soft calfskin leather and accented with Alcantara inserts. A pin buckle with the AP logo, in matching pink gold, brings the strap together. I couldn’t find the original retail price, but these pink gold Grand Prix watches trade for around $56,000 on the secondary market.

 

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WOTW: Jon Rahm’s Rolex Sky-Dweller in White Gold and Stainless Steel

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Jon Rahm secured his seventh PGA Tour victory with a close win at the Mexico Open. The win didn’t move him back into the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, but he is closing in on Scottie Scheffler. After the win, Jon celebrated with his family and put on his trusty blue Rolex Sky-Dweller to accept the trophy.

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Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
Reference: 326934-0003
Limited: No
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: White Gold Fluted
Dial: Bright Blue
Size: 42mm
Movement: Calibre 9001, 40 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Rolex Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $15,200 (~$35,000)

The Rolex Sky-Dweller was introduced 10 years ago as a watch for world travelers. The Sky-Dweller is the most complicated watch that Rolex makes currently with a unique dual time zone design. The case is on the larger side for Rolex at 42mm and made from Rolex’s own stainless steel, Oystersteel. Oystersteel is a 904L stainless steel alloy that offers extreme corrosion resistance and takes a nicer polish that standard stainless. The caseback is solid stainless steel and screws into the case for a 100 meter waterproof rating. On the right side of the case is the screw-down crown that features Rolex’s Twinlock double seal system. On top of the case is the iconic fluted bezel that is crafted from Rolex’s own white gold alloy.

White gold can fade over time and Rolex created their own foundry in order to produce a white gold that will keep its luster longer through everyday wear. The bezel also features Rolex’s Ring Command that works with the mechanical movement to set the date and time on the watch. Rotating the bidirectional bezel into one of three positions allows you to set the local time, second time zone, or the month and date. This unique system gives you the ability too easily set a very complicated watch.

Under a sapphire crystal is a Bright Blue dial with an off-center ring around the middle. The off-center ring tells the time of a second time zone in a 24hr format. Around the dial are hour markers made from white gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow in low light. Above each hour marker is a white, or red, square that indicates the current month. The date is at the 3 o’clock position and only needs to be set once per year as the Sky-Dweller is an annual calendar. It is engineered to distinguish between the months with 30 and 31 days so you only need to set it on March 1st each year.

Inside the Sky-Dweller is currently Rolex’s most complicated movement, the Calibre 9001. The 9001 is a self-winding automatic with the aforementioned annual calendar and Ring Command. It contains around 380 parts and that is a lot to package into its 33mm diameter. The 9001 is unique as it works with the bezel and that feature alone takes 60 parts to function correctly. Rolex designed and builds the 9001 completely in-house and it offers the wearer around 72hrs of power reserve. Like all Rolex movements the 9001 is COSC (Swiss Superlative Chronometer) certified to ensure it is extremely accurate through all temperatures and conditions.

The Sky-Dweller can be had with your choice of famous Rolex bracelets, the Jubilee or the Oyster. Jon’s Sky-Dweller has the more casual design of the two, the Oyster. Made from 3 solid, flat links of Oystersteel the bracelet is very durable and comfortable. A folding Oysterclasp brings the bracelet together and features Rolex’s Easylink extension, allowing you to adjust the band 5mm for the perfect fit. The Sky-Dweller is a popular watch among collectors, but the Bright Blue dial is by far the most sought after. Watch enthusiast demand has pushed the price of the blue Sky-Dweller to around $35,000 on the secondary market, about $20,000 over its retail price.

 

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