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WOTW Time Machine: Tiger Woods’ Rolex Sea-Dweller Deep Sea From the 2013 Players Championship

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Tiger is out at Southern Hills getting ready for the PGA Championship and K.H. Lee wasn’t wearing a watch after winning the AT&T. So lets take a look back at Tiger’s 2013 Players Championship win and the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deep Sea that was on his wrist.

WOTW Specs:
Name: Rolex Yacht-Master
Reference: 116660-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2008 – 2017
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: Black
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 3900 Meters (12,800ft)
Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$12,000

Tiger has been wearing the James Cameron Rolex Sea-Dweller Deep Sea for years now as his go to timepiece. Tiger is a big fan of the water and diving so it is only fitting that he wears the most capable dive watch Rolex makes! The Sea-Dweller was first released in 1967 as the bigger brother to the already iconic Submariner. The Sea-Dweller was the first watch to feature a helium escape valve for diving to extreme depths. I think Tiger was wearing the 16600 reference that was released in 2008 with the new, larger 44mm case. The case is made from Rolex’s Oystersteel and is the largest that Rolex makes at 18mm thick. The case also contains Rolex’s Ring Lock system to reinforce the case and support the sapphire crystal during dives to extreme depths. The Deep Sea is rated to dive to 3,900 meters, almost 12,800 feet, and the the pressure at that depth is crushing even for a watch. On the left side of the case is a a helium escape valve for releasing gases that build up when diving to these unthinkable depths. To put in perspective how deep the Deep Sea can go, the deepest human dive on record is 1,082 feet! The black dial on the Deep Sea is surrounded by larger hour markers that are filled with luminescent material for a bright glow underwater. A date window sits at the traditional 3 o’clock but the extra thick sapphire crystal does not have a cyclops lens over it. Rolex has not yet found an adhesive that will withstand the pressure of diving to 3,900 meters. Around the dial is a unidirectional bezel with a black ceramic insert. Ceramic is used because it is extremely scratch and UV resistant, keeping its color almost forever. The bezel contains a diving scale that is etched into the ceramic.

 

 

Inside the Deep Sea is a a Calibre 3135 designed and made entirely in-house by Rolex. The 3135 is self-winding, contains 31 jewels, and offers 48 hours of power reserve. The movement still contains Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring and is Swiss Chronometer (COSC) certified like all Rolex movements. A COSC certified movement doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but they are one of the few companies to ensure that precision in every movement. The iconic Rolex Oyster bracelet keeps this large watch on your wrist. The Oyster bracelet is made from three solid links of Oystersteel. A folding Oysterlock safety clasp brings the bracelet together and offers Rolex’s Glidelock extension system. Glidelock allows you to expand the bracelet up to 20mm, without tools, in order to dial in the comfort or to use over a wetsuit. These older Sea-Dweller Deep Sea watches are not the most sought after by collectors, but they still trade around $12,000 on the secondary market.

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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. BJ

    May 17, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    They have the wrong watch specs listed lol

  2. Bill

    May 17, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I love mine…Got it in maui during covid at rolex, on consignment for 9K! One good thing out of the lock down for me.

  3. Rich

    May 17, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I would love to see someone balance a 6000 lb object on 1 square inch of that watch to see what happens. That waterproof rating is questionable.

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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.

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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.

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WOTW Time Machine: Sam Burns’ Rolex Datjust 41 “Wimbledon” from the 2018 Savannah Golf Championship

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Sam Burns won the Charles Schwab Challenge this weekend, but decided not to wear his watch while accepting the trophy. I know he owns, and still wears, his Rolex Datejust 41 “Wimbledon” as I have seen it on his Instagram page. So lets take a closer look at his 2-tone Datejust 41 from his win at the 2018 Web.com Tour’s Savannah Golf Championship.

WOTW Specs
Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41
Reference: 126303-0019
Limited: No
Date: 2016 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: 18kt Yellow Gold
Dial: Slate Grey “Wimbledon”
Size: 41mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster Yellow Rolesor
Price: $12,800 ($15,500)

PGA Tour players without a watch partnership have stopped wearing their personal watches on tour. It wasn’t too long ago that these players would still wear their watches during the trophy presentation and it would make this article much easier to write. I am going to assume that Sam doesn’t currently have a deal in place to wear a timepiece, but even last year he had his trusty Rolex on after his win at the Valspar.

In 1945 Rolex celebrated its 40th anniversary by introducing the Datejust. Since then the Datejust has been in the Rolex catalog and is one of the longest running names in the Rolex line. A date window on a watch is pretty commonplace now, but in 1945 the Datejust was the first self-winding watch to feature a date window that changed over automatically. The current Datejust now comes in 3 different sizes, many different materials, and dials from wild to mild depending on what you are looking for. Sam’s Datejust is the largest 41mm size and the case is made from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel. The caseback is solid Oystersteel and screws into the case using a spline system that is unique to Rolex. On tope of the case is a smooth bezel that is crafted from 18kt gold. It is a little more rare to see a 2-tone Datejust with the smooth bezel, usually customers opt for the fluted version. The”Wimbledon” dial is done in Slate Grey and finished with a sunray pattern that reflects light at any angle. The hour and minute hands are made from matching 18kt gold with the hour markers being Roman numerals in a polished black with a green accent. The legendary date window sits at 3 o’clock and changes the date instantly at midnight. No slowly moving, gradual change like cheaper automatic movements from the 3235 movement.

The 3235 is a self-winding automatic movement that is completely designed and manufactured in-house. The 3235 was featured in the Datejust with the 2016 update and gives the wearer 70 hours of power reserve. This workhorse movement is housed behind a screw-down caseback that gives it a 100-meter water resistance rating.

The original Datejust was the first Rolex to be sold with a Jubilee 5-piece bracelet. The Jubilee name was strongly considered for the watch but instead, the bracelet took the iconic name. Sam’s Datejust has the Oyster bracelet with its 3-piece flat links of Osytersteel and 18ct Gold. Called “Yellow Rolesor”, it is Rolex’s combination of brushed steel outer links and polished gold flat center links. The bracelet has a folding Oysterclasp that contains the Easylink extension link for the perfect fit. The retail price on Sam’s Datejust has increased $300, to $12,800, since last year and it is still holding strong on the secondary market at about $15,500

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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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