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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.”

WOTW Specs
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: Haotong Li’s Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” in Stainless Steel

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Haotong Li won the BMW International Open in Germany after a one-hole playoff. This was Li’s third win on the DP World Tour and ends his four year winning drought. After sinking a long putt on the first playoff hole, Li celebrated by holding up the silver trophy while wearing what looked like a Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” on his wrist.

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Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
Reference: 126710blro-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2021 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue & Red Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 3285, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $10,550 (~$24,000)

The GMT-Master II is currently one of the most collectable pieces in the Rolex line. It was first released in 1954 as a watch designed for pilots so they could keep track of an additional time zone when flying to new destinations. The current generation GMT is grown a little larger than the original but keeps the legendary Pepsi bezel colors. The GMT gained the Pepsi nickname from the two-tone bezel that is a similar blue and red that the cola company uses for their brand. Li’s GMT looks to be the newest version, reference 126710, that was released 2021.

The current GMT-Master II keeps the same 40mm case size as the previous version and it is made from a solid block of 904L Oystersteel. This version of stainless steel is harder to machine but is far more corrosion resistant than other grades. The caseback is solid Oystersteel and screws down into the case to ensure its 100 meter waterproof rating. On the right side of the case, protected by thick crown gaurds, is the screw-down crown that features Rolex’s Triplock sealing system.

On top of the case is the legendary GMT bezel that is crafted from Oystersteel. This bidirectional bezel features a Red and Blue insert that is made from Rolex’s Cerachrom ceramic for its lightweight and extreme scratch resistance. The numerals are recessed and filled with a silver paint that contains actual platinum in it for a luster that cannot be matched any other way.

Rolex originally used an acrylic called Bakelite in the first GMT Master models but it was brittle and scratched very easily. Aluminum replaced Bakelite in the late 50’s for its durability and was used up until the 2005 when Cerachrom was used on the 50th Anniversary GMT-Master II. That ceramic insert was black and it took Rolex until 2013 to perfect and release the two color inserts.

The black dial is surrounded by traditional Rolex hour markers that are crafted from white gold and filled with Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow at night. Traditional hour, minute, and sweeping second hands are joined by a fourth hand that tracks and additional time zone and is finished in red. All of those hands are crafted in white gold as well to ensure that they don’t fade or tarnish over time. The date window sits at 3 o’clock and is covered by a sapphire crystal with a magnifying cyclops window.

Running this complicated machine is Rolex’s Calibre 3285 perpetual, self-winding, automatic movement. The 3285 is a certified Superlative Chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) as are all Rolex movements. After the COSC certification Rolex then cases the movement and runs tests that are even more stringent to ensure the accuracy of the watch. A Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and Rolex’s Paraflex shock absorbers ensure that the 3285 can take shocks and temperature changes without effecting the precision of the movement. A power reserve of 70 hours allows you the flexibility to rotate this piece in your collection without having to reset the time and date.

Rolex’s Oyster bracelet first was offered in 1948 while leather or fabric straps were the more popular option. It is crafted from solid, flat links of Oystersteel with polished center links for a classic look. Rolex’s folding Osyterlock safety clasp holds the watch on your wrist and the Easylink extension link lets you dial in the perfect fit with 5mm of adjustment. This version of the GMT has been loved and hated by the collecting community since its release. Typically the GMT has been offered with the more dressy Jubilee bracelet but in 2014 a white gold GMT Pepsi was released with a white gold Oyster bracelet. The Oyster bracelet was an easy way to let people know you had the more rare and expensive Pepsi. The current version is wildly debated as to how it influences the price of the now discontinued (in 2018) white gold model.

Currently the GMT Pepsi is a highly sought after piece and watch fans are willing to join waiting lists that are years long to try and get one. If you are able to get in line, wait patiently, and get your GMT then you will pay the reasonable $10,550 retail price for it. If you can’t wait that long, or have no relationship with an authorized dealer, then you can expect to pay around $24,000 on the secondary market.

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WOTW: Matthew Fitzpatrick’s Rolex Submariner 41 Date in Stainless Steel

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Matthew Fitzpatrick played an amazing final round to capture his first Major Championship at The Country Club. He fired a solid 68 in his final round to best Will Zalatoris by 1 stroke to win the 122nd US Open. Fitzpatrick was all smiles as he held up the sterling silver trophy while wearing the famous Rolex Submariner on his wrist.

WOTW Specs:
Name: Rolex Submariner Date 41
Reference: 126610LN-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2020 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Black 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: $10,100 (~$15,000)

Rolex has been making watches since 1905 when it was founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis. It took another 48 years before Rolex would introduce one of its most famous models, the Submariner. Offered to the public in 1953, the Submariner was built to feed the massive growth of diving as a hobby. The original Sub was rated for a depth of 100 meters, a very long way down a that time. 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, yes 1 millimeter, 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. On top of the case is the iconic Submariner bezel made from stainless steel with a black Cerachrom ceramic insert. The ceramic insert is extremely scratch resistant and features a diving scale that is etched into it. A sapphire crystal covers a black dial with large hour markers that are filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow that is easy to see underwater. The Submariner is available with and without the date, but Matthew chose to go withe the date that resides at 3 o’clock.

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 Submariner is one of the most popular Rolex models and there is a ton of demand for this iconic piece. The retail price on the Submariner has steadily increased over the past couple of years and in 2022 will not cost you $10,100 if you could find one at your Rolex dealer. If you really want a Submariner you can join the waiting list and hope you get yours in about 1-2 years or you can get one on the secondary market for around $15,000.

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

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Rory capped off an impressive weekend at the RBC Canadian Open with a final round 62 and a 2 stroke win. The leaderboard was full of big names that all played well, but not good enough to catch him. Rory held that large silver trophy in his hands while wearing his Omega Seamaster Diver 300M in green on his wrist.

  • See Rory’s winning WITB here and his footwear here

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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 (~$8,000)

Omega produced its first prototype watches in 1848, all built by founder Louis Brandt. Since then Omega has become one of the largest luxury watch makers and you see there name all over the sports world. They are the official timekeeper of the Olympics as well as many other sports. Rory has been a partner with Omega since 2013 and has been seen wearing a wide range of Omega pieces over the years. Rory has even had his own signature Speedmaster (Ref: 331.50.42.51.08.001), made in solid yellow gold, that was made from 2019 through 2021.

The Omega Seamaster is one of 2 absolutely iconic names in the Omega watch lineup. The Speedmaster might be the slightly more popular sibling at the moment but both watches have been around for decades. The Seamaster, as the name implies, is a line of watches built for divers and carry a heavy nautical theme. Rory’s watch was part of a short run earlier this year where Omega did some different bezel, dial, and strap colors. The case is made from stainless steel, measuring in at 42mm, and features a display window in the caseback. The display window is made from sapphire crystal and gives a great view of the automatic movement inside the Seamaster. 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.

Inside the Diver 300M is a 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. A 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 markers a 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 your wrist is a rubber strap in matching green. The strap comes together with stainless steel pin buckle for easy adjustment over a wetsuit.

Omega shows that this color way of the Seamaster is no longer available on its website, making it a little more valuable to collectors. The original retail on this piece was a reasonable $5,100, but now that it is discontinued the price on the secondary market has climbed to around $8,000.

  • See Rory’s winning WITB here and his footwear here
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