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WOTW: Presidents Cup Captains Davis Love III & Trevor Immelman’s Rolex watches

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Quail Hollow was the stage for this year’s Presidents Cup, and the United States team pulled out another win. It wasn’t as much of a runaway as you might think though: the International Team put up quite the fight and never backed down. The United States was led by captain Davis Love III and Trevor Immelman was the head of the International squad. Each captain was wearing a Rolex timepiece, an Oyster Perpetual and a Yacht-Master, respectively.

Details, below, courtesy of Rolex.

Rolex has spent the the past 117 years becoming the most iconic timepiece brand in history. Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis founded the company in 1905 in London. The two started off by customizing movements and cases, then selling them to jewelers who put their own names on the dial. A few years later they moved the company to Switzerland and then engineered their Oyster case. The Oyster case was water and dust proof, making it the first reliable wrist watch that could survive the elements. 

Davis Love III was sporting the Oyster Perpetual, one of the oldest names in the Rolex catalogue. The OP as it is referred to, was introduced in 1931 as one of the first wristwatches to contain a self-winding movement. Watches before had to be manually wound to keep them functioning and the Perpetual rotor wound itself by your wrist moving. These first Oyster Perpetuals did not have Rolex movements inside, instead they were modified movements from other manufacturers. The first OP with a Rolex movement inside was in 1950 and currently Rolex only uses their own movements in all of their watches.

The Oyster Perpetual that Davis III wears is special in a couple of ways, the first being that it was only made for 2 years. In 2020 Rolex introduced a handful of bright colored dials for the OP and they were met with quite a bit of excitement. Rolex then decided to discontinue almost all of them in 2022 making the models even more collectable. Davis Love III’s is also special because it was a gift for being an assistant captain at the 2021 Ryder Cup.

The case is 41mm and made from Oystersteel, 904L stainless steel, and polished for a mirror like finish. A polished domed bezel sits on top of the case and holds the sapphire crystal in place. The dial is called Coral Red and featured white gold hour markers that are filled with Rolex Chromalight luminescent material. There is no date window at 3 o’clock as the OP only tells you the time.

Inside is Rolex’sCalibre 2320 mechanical movement. The 2320 offers around 70 hours of power reserve and it a COSC certified Swiss Chronometer. The legendary Rolex Oyster bracelet holds the watch on your wrist and is made from matching Oystersteel. There is an Easylink adjustable link in the folding Oysterclasp to dial in the perfect fit. Now that these are discontinued you are forced to pay the high markup to get your own. The original retail was only $5,900 but now expect to pay closer to $18,000 to get one in your collection.

For the International side, Trevor Immelman was wearing the popular Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Everose gold. The Yacht-Master was officially introduced in 1992 as the much more luxurious sibling to the Submariner. The Yacht-Master is typically built from at least one precious metal and in Immelman’s case it is rose gold. Now the Yacht-Master 40 doesn’t just use any rose gold, it is Rolex’s own alloy that they produce in their own foundry so they can control the quality of the metal. Rolex created its own foundry to craft its precious metals like gold and platinum so they ensure that they are durable enough for everyday wear and use in corrosive environments like saltwater.

The case is 40mm across and contains a screw down caseback helping give it a 100 meter water resistance rating. The bezel is made from matching Everose gold and contains a black Cerachrom ceramic insert with a diving scale. The bezel is finished in matte black but the raised numerals are polished to give it a unique look that is easier to read. The Intense Black dial is easy to read and features large hour markers made from Everose gold and filled with Chromalight for easy reading in low light. A date window sits at 3 o’clock and changes over instantly at midnight, you will never see the date window creep to the next day as the hands get closer to midnight.

Inside the Yacht-Master 40 is Rolex’s Calibre 3235 that contains the new Chronergy escapement for better efficiency and durability. The 3235 will run for around 70 hours on its power reserve and was designed and built totally in house. The strap is a black Oysterflex strap that is more than just rubber. Titanium and nickel blades are encased in elastomer for an extremely durable and comfortable bracelet. An Oysterlock safety clasp is made from matching Everose gold and contains Rolex’s Glidelock extension for tool free adjustment. These Yacht-Masters are not easy to get and cost $28,050 at your local Rolex dealer. On the secondary market these 40mm Yacht-Masters are demanding around $33,000.

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WOTW: Lydia Ko’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold

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Lydia Ko won twice this weekend with her victory at the CME Group Tour Championship that also earned her the 2022 Rolex Player of The Year award. The CME win was her 19th LPGA Tour victory and her third this year. While collecting all of her trophies, Ko was wearing a Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in rose gold.

WOTW Specs
Name: Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Reference: 126655-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – Present
Case: Everose Gold
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Intense Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Black Oysterflex Rubber Strap
Price: $28,050 (~$32,000)

The Rolex Yacht-Master was introduced in 1992, and it was the first new model in the Rolex line since the Daytona was launched in 1964. The unconfirmed story of the Yacht-Master was that it was originally intended to be an updated Submariner. Rolex couldn’t make such a large change to the most iconic watch that had ever been produced, so the Yacht-Master was born. Yacht-Masters have always embodied luxury and included a precious metal in the watch. The first Yacht-Masters in 1992 were made from solid yellow gold and a few dial options. The Yacht-Master saw a lot of success, but it really took off in 2012 when the Rolesium, platinum and steel, model with the silver dial was released. Since then the Yacht-Master has been one of the most underrated watches in the Rolex lineup.

Lydia has been wearing this Yacht-Master 40 in Everose gold for a little while now as we saw it on her wrist back in April of 2021. The case is 40mm wide and is made from Rolex’s own 18k Everose gold. Rolex created their own rose gold alloy to ensure that the precious metal could meet their strict quality and durability requirements. Rolex stopped outsourcing and created their own foundry in the early 2000s to make its own gold, rose gold, and platinum for its watches.

The caseback on Ko’s watch is matching Everose gold and screws into the case giving the watch a 100 meter water resistance rating. On the side of the case is a screw down crown that is made from Everose gold and features a Triplock seal waterproof system. On tope of the case is the Yacht-Master’s legendary chunky bidirectional bezel. The bezel itself is made from Everose gold and contains a matte black Cerachrom ceramic insert. The ceramic insert is extremely scratch resistant and won’t fade from long term exposure to saltwater and UV rays.

The raised numerals on the bezel are polished for a contrasting look that is easier to read. A sapphire crystal covers the Intense Black dial and there is a magnifying Cyclops lens covering the date at 3 o’clock. Large Everose gold hour markers surround the dial and are filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material that glows with more of a blue light. The hour, minute, and second hands are all made from polished Everose gold and filled with the same Chromalight material.

The heart and brain of the Yacht-Master 40 is Rolex’s Calibre 3235 movement that is found in a few other Rolex models. The 3235 is a self-winding movement that uses the blue Parachrom hairspring that keeps accurate time regardless of the temperature and is very shock resistant. Rolex’s designed the Parachrom hairspring in house so they can control the quality and the acceptable tolerance is 0.1 microns, or about 1/1000 of a human hair. The 3235 has up to 70 hours of power reserve and is COSC certified to ensure its accuracy in all conditions.

A black Oysterflex strap holds the watch on the wrist and is far more than just a strip of rubber. Rolex encases flexible titanium and nickel “blades” in a high-performance elastomer. This metal spine adds durability while maintaining the soft comfort you expect from a rubber strap. The underside of the Oysterflex strap has a cushioning system molded into it that can also add stability on the wrist. An Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp brings the strap together and contains Rolex’s Glidelock extension system to fine tune the fit without the use of any tools.

The Yacht-Master 40 in Everose has become a very popular model and is now hard to find at any Rolex dealer. Many didn’t think that a rose gold watch on a rubber strap would ever be something in high demand but that theory has been proven incorrect. If you can get one of these Yacht-Masters at the $28,050 retail price, then consider yourself lucky. Most will pay around $32,000 on the secondary market to get one on their wrist.

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WOTW: Tommy Fleetwood’s Titanium TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition Smartwatch

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Tommy Fleetwood won his sixth DP World Tour event in South Africa at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. It is the same event that Fleetwood won in 2019 as well. Tommy held the large crystal trophy in the air while wearing his TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition smartwatch.

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Name: TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition
Reference: SBR8A81.EB0251
Limited: No
Date: 2020 – Present
Case: Titanium
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Dial: AMOLED Display
Size: 45mm
Movement: Calibre E4, Cortex A53 CPU
Power Reserve: ~24 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Waterproof: 50 Meters
Bracelet: White Rubber Strap
Price: $2,650 (~$2,000)

TAG Heuer was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in Switzerland. They are more known for making luxury mechanical watches without batteries. The Connected series is a line of smartwatches that run on Google’s WearOS software. I don’t know the exact release date of the Golf Edition, but it has been around since at least 2020. TAG’s Connected line has gone through a few special editions including a collaboration with Porsche and Nintendo’s Mario.

TAG Heuer’s Connected Golf Edition is probably the most expensive golf watch on the market, but the details make you appreciate that extra cost. The case is on the larger side at 45mm, but I got to review this watch a few years ago and it doesn’t wear near as large as that number. The case is made from Titanium and finished with sandblasted DLC finish. The caseback features sensors for monitoring heart rate and other body vitals. On the right side of the case is a crown and 2 pushers that are used to navigate the menu and apps. The case is sealed and offers 50 meters of water resistance for casual swimming and getting caught in the rain on the course. On top of the case is a fixed bezel that is made from black ceramic for scratch resistance. It has an 18 hole scaled etched in it and is used with the golf app to keep track of what hole you are on. A touch screen AMOLED display is the dial it has a maximum resolution of 454×454 pixels (326ppi).

Inside the the case is the digital Calibre E4 “movement” that controls the Golf Edition watch. The 4 core ARM Cortex A53 CPU runs at 1.7GHz and on 64bit architecture. The Cortex-A53 is built for high efficiency and features four cores, each with an L1 memory system and a single shared L2 cache. Battery life on the Golf Edition is around 24 hours from the 440 mAh internal battery. The watch itself has bothWifi and Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to the internet and your phone. The Golf Edition can look like a more traditional watch with the TAG Heuer inspired watch face designs built in. The golf software has 40,000 courses loaded into the memory and gives distances through GPS. The watch connects to an app on your iOS or Android phone that has a great design and interface that just feels nicer than a lot of other golf apps.

When you open the white box you will find the Golf Edition watch and 2 straps. A white and black rubber strap contains green contrast stitching and a golf ball dimple texture. It comes together with a titanium push-button folding clasp that has a sandblasted DLC finish to match the case. The strap also has a magnetic ball marker that is integrated and can even hold a spare market if you lose one. Replacing those markers isn’t cheap as they are about $90 for 3. The watch comes with a black rubber strap to blend in when wearing it off the course.

The luxury watch demand has been high for years, but it doesn’t seem to translate to smart watches. The retail price on the Connected Golf Edition is $2,650 and you can get it right off TAG Heuer’s website. If you do want to save a little money, it looks like you can get a brand new one off the secondary market for around $2,000.

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WOTW: Bernhard Langer’s Rolex Submariner “Bluesy” in steel and gold

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Bernhard Langer has been one of the most dominant PGA Tour Champions players in history. His 44th, yes 44th, win came this weekend at the Timbertech Championship in Boca Raton, Florida. He posted a monster 17 under for the tournament, giving him a 6 partake win over Paul Goydos and Thongchai Jaidee. The 65 year old Langer was presented the crystal trophy while wearing a classic Rolex Submariner Date “Bluesy” on his wrist.

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Name: Rolex Submariner Date
Reference: 116613lb-0005
Limited: No
Date: 2013 – 2020
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Royal Blue
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, Yellow Rolesor
Price: ~$15,300

The Rolex Submariner is probably the most popular and influential sports watch in the world. The Submariner started life in 1953 when introduced to recreational divers throughout the world. We don’t currently look at the Submariner as a tool watch, but it is an extremely capable and durable piece of equipment for divers.

Langer’s Submariner, released in 2013, features a 40mm case made from a solid block of Rolex’s own Oystersteel. Oystersteel is 904L stainless steel that is formulated to be extremely corrosion resistant for use in salt water. The. case features a screw down crown made from 18kt yellow gold that is made in Rolex’s own foundry to ensure that the alloy will not fade during everyday use. The crown contains Rolex’s Triplock waterproof seals and solid stainless steel caseback give the Submariner a 300m water resistance rating. A unidirectional bezel, with 120 clicks, is crafted from matching 18kt gold and contains an insert made from blue Cerachrom ceramic. Cerachrom ceramic is used because it is extremely scratch resistant and resists fading from long exposure to UV rays.

The Royal Blue dial has gold text, the new Submariner switched to white, and large hour markers on the outside. Hour markers are made from yellow gold and are filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow in low light and underwater. Hour, minute, and second hands are made from matching 18kt gold and filled with the same Chromalight material. The date window sits at 3 o’clock and switches over to the next day instantly at midnight. The change happens so fast that you can’t tell the date wheel even moves. A sapphire crystal covers the dial and has a magnifying cyclops lens over the date window.

Rolex’s Calibre 3135 movement sits inside and is COSC Certified to ensure it is accurate through all conditions. The 3135 is a self-winding movement with a unidirectional rotor and a Parachrom hairspring. KIF shock absorbers help with shocks and bumps, add everyday durability to the movement. Up to forty-eight hours of power reserve is on hand and the 3135 contains 31 jewels.

The bracelet on Langer’s Submariner is the iconic Oyster design, done in Yellow Rolesor. Rolesor is Rolex’s own way of describing watches that combine stainless steel and gold. Rolesor has been used since the 1930’s but is more commonly referred to as 2-tone by the public. The outside links are solid stainless steel and feature a brushed finish while the polished center links are solid yellow gold. Even the Oysterlock clasp is made with both metals. Rolex’s Glidelock system is built into the clasp and allows you to adjust the bracelet for the perfect fit, without tools.

Langer’s Submariner is the previous generation model, but still holds its value on the secondary market. If you wanted to get a nice example, expect to pay around $15,300 from a used watch dealer. Some collectors prefer the 116613lb because of the gold text on the dial, smaller case, and bulletproof Calibre 3135 movement.

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