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WOTW Time Machine: Tiger Woods’ Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea “James Cameron”

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Lets take a look back at the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea that Tiger Woods wore after winning the 2019 ZOZO Championship since this year’s winner, Keegan Bradley, doesn’t wear a watch. Tiger was wearing his trusty “James Cameron” Sea-Dweller that never left his wrist in recent years.

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Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Deepsea
Reference: 126660-0002
Limited: No
Date: 2018-2022
Case: 904L Oystersteel Steel
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: D-blue
Size: 44mm
Movement: Calibre 3235, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Domed Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 3,900 Meters (12,800ft)
Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel
Price: $12,550 (~$17,000)

Rolex created the first water and dustproof watch in 1926, protecting the watch movement from any damage. The Rolex Sea-Dweller debuted in 1960 as the more rugged and capable dive watch compared to the popular Submariner. The Submariner can dive to 300 meters, the standard Sea-Dweller goes to 1,220 meters, and the Sea-Dweller Deepsea will survive the insane depth of 3,900 meters (12,800ft)! The Sea-Dweller Deepsea was introduced in 2008 and its water-resistance rating of 3,900 meters is more than 100 times deeper than any human could survive.

The incredible capability of the Sea-Dweller Deepsea is provided by the larger 904L Oystersteel case, thicker sapphire crystal, patented Ringlock System, titanium and steel caseback, and a helium escape valve. Rolex beefed up the Sea-Dweller’s Oystersteel case for the Deepsea, creating a pretty large 44mm wide and 17.7mm tall finished watch. Oystersteel is Rolex’s patented stainless steel alloy that has superior corrosion resistance and durability needed for deep saltwater diving.

You can see the patented Rolex Ringlock System around the dial, made of a nitrogen-alloyed steel ring, keeping the movement safe from the extreme water pressure at 3,900 meters. The back of the case is reinforced with a titanium disc and a steel tightening ring to ensure a tight seal, even if the water pressure would cause the case back to deform. On the side of the case there is a small “button”, Rolex’s Helium Escape Valve, that is also on the standard Sea-Dweller models. This Helium Escape Valve allows gasses inside the watch to be expelled, instead of popping the crystal off, when under tremendous pressure.

Inside this elaborate, armored case is Rolex’s self-winding 3235 automatic movement. The 3235 is a 31 jewel movement that is COSC certified and offers 70 hours of power reserve. The 3235 contains the Chronergy escapement for better power efficiency and durability. Rolex’s internal quality control demands that the 3235 be twice as precise as the COSC requires, ensuring exact time keeping.

Tiger’s Deepsea shows off the D-Blue dial that fades from blue to black, commemorating James Cameron’s historic solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The D-Blue dial also has large Chromalight luminescence markers that glow a bright blue for easy reading underwater. Covering that gradient dial is a stronger and thicker, 5.5.mm, sapphire crystal without a magnifying Cyclops lens over the date. Rolex hasn’t found a way to attach a cyclops lens that will stay on under these extreme depths and pressures.

Surrounding the crystal is an extremely scratch resistant Cerachrom ceramic and steel bezel with numerals coated in platinum. To secure this underwater engineering marvel to your wrist is an updated 22mm wide Oystersteel bracelet with Rolex’s Glidelock extension system to fit over a wetsuit.

Rolex would not confirm the exact model of Tiger’s Deepsea so I am going to go with the version that was made at the time. The older, 2014 through 2018, version (ref: 116660-0003) had 20 millimeter end links for the smaller, older Oyster bracelet and Rolex’s 3135 movement with 48 hours of power reserve. For 2022 Rolex has updated the Deepsea (ref: 136660-0003) with a narrower bezel, larger date window, and the removal of the bracelet’s Fliplock extension link.

This James Cameron Deepsea is easily the most sought after version and not easy to get your hands on from a Rolex dealer. The retail on Tiger’s Deepsea was $12,550 but the new 2022 model will now run you $14,150. If you can’t find one at your dealer then expect to pay around $17,000 for one 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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    Nov 24, 2022 at 4:11 am

    I love mine, stunning watch

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WOTW: Wyndham Clark’s Rolex Datejust 41 Wimbledon

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Wyndham Clark got his first PGA Tour win this weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship by four shots over Xander Schauffele. In celebration, Clark was all smiles, holding the trophy up in the North Carolina sun while wearing a Rolex Datejust Wimbledon on his wrist.

WOTW Specs

Name: Rolex Datejust 41
Reference: 126334-0022
Limited: No
Date: 2018 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: 18kt White Gold
Dial: Slate Roman
Size: 41mm
Movement: Calibre 3225, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Jubilee, Oystersteel
Price: $10,500 (~$14,000)

Rolex introduced the Datajust to celebrate its 40th anniversary and is one of the oldest names in the lineup. The first Datejust watches were built as classic watches to be worn with all attire and on any occasion. The timeless design has changed very little over the years, and if you look at an original reference 4467, you will know exactly what it is. The first Datejust was made of solid 18kt yellow gold and two-toned versions were not available until the 1950s.

Wyndham’s Datejust is in the current lineup and originally debuted in 2018. The case is 41mm and made from solid Oystersteel, 904L stainless steel. Rolex uses 904L, instead of something standard like a 303, because it is much more corrosion-resistant and can take years of everyday wear in harsh conditions. The caseback threads into the case with a rubber seal to help give the Datejust a 100m waterproof rating. On the right side of the crown is the screw-down crown with Twinlock waterproof seals used to set the time and date on the watch. A fluted bezel sits on the top of the watch and is made from Rolex’s own 18k white gold alloy. In the early 2000s Rolex created its own foundry to make its gold and platinum alloys for its watches. This ensures that Rolex can control the quality and durability like no other brand, and Rolex’s white gold won’t fade like other alloys.

A slate gray dial features a Sunday finish that extends from the center to diffuse light for a more luxurious look. The hour markers are black Roman numerals outlined in a bright green that resembles the famous Wimbledon tennis court. At 3 o’clock is the date window that changes the date over instantly at midnight. Some movements slowly start moving the date wheel as the time gets closer to midnight, and Rolex did not approve of that. The company designed dates to switch over so quickly that you won’t see the change unless you are concentrating and watching for it. A sapphire crystal covers the entire dial and contains a cyclops lens over the date window to magnify it for easier reading.

Inside Clark’s Datejust is a self-winding, automatic Calibre 3235 movement that was completely designed and built in-house. The 3235 is, like all Rolex movements, Swiss Certified (COSC), to be accurate in all temperatures and conditions. A blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers work to improve accuracy through drops and temperature changes. The 3235 is made up of 201 parts, and it will offer the wearer around 70 hours of power reserve.

A Rolex Jubilee bracelet is attached and made from five solid links of Oystersteel. The five smaller links give the Datejust a little more of a dressy and flashier look compared to the available Oyster bracelet. The outer links are given a brushed finish while the inner links are polished for a contrasting look. Rolex’s folding Oysterclasp brings the bracelet together and contains the Easylink extension link for dialing in the perfect fit. This is one of the more sought-after Datejust models and is very hard to source at your local dealer. If you are on good enough terms then you will pay $10,500 to put a steel Wimbledon on your wrist. But if you aren’t at the top of the list, you can expect to pay around $14,000 on the secondary market for one in mint condition.

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WOTW: Davis Riley’s Rolex Submariner in Black Ceramic

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Davis Riley got his first PGA Tour win this weekend at the Zurich Classic. Riley, and his partner Nick Hardy, won the team event by two strokes. During the celebration and trophy presentation, Nick went with the bare wrist, while Riley looked to be wearing a new Rolex Submariner in black ceramic on his.

WOTW Specs
Name: Rolex Submariner Date
Reference: 116610ln-0001
Limited: No
Date: 2010 – 2020
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: 904L Oystersteel
Dial: Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: ~$13,500

The Rolex Submariner is quite possibly the most recognized and popular watch in the world. When someone says the word “watch,” I feel like the Submariner is what most people picture in their minds. In 1953 Rolex introduced the Submariner to the expanding recreational dive market. With advancements in technology, scuba gear had really taken off and many were enjoying the new hobby at deeper depths. So Rolex set out to create a dive watch and the Submariner was the first to 100-meter water-resistance rating. Since then the Submariner has been one of the biggest sports watches in the world. The most recent update to the Submariner happened in 2020 with a new case but it looks like Davis might be wearing the previous version that was in production from 2010-2020.

The previous generation Submariner features a 40mm case made from solid 904L stainless steel that Rolex calls Oystersteel. Stainless steel is corrosion resistant in normal forms, but 904L takes that up a level to ensure that it can stand up to constant use in salt water. The crown on the right side screws down with Triplock seals and is protected by slightly smaller crown guards. These crown guards look to be a little on the larger side and were slimmed down slightly on the newest 126610 reference. The case back is also solid Oystersteel and threads into the case to protect the movement from the outside. An Osytersteel bezel is unidirectional and will “click” 120 times on a full rotation. A black Cerachrom insert contains a 60 minute divine scale and will not fade with exposure to UV light and saltwater like the older aluminum bezels. A black dial is fitted with large hour markers, made from white gold, and filled with Chromalight for a long-lasting blue glow in low light. The Submariner can be had with or without a date and Riley’s Sub does have the date window at 3 0’clock. The date is covered by a magnifying lens on the sapphire crystal and switches over instantly at midnight.

Rolex’s Calibre 3135 is a classic movement that is reliable and very accurate. The 3135 is a self-winding automatic movement offering a 48 hour power reserve. KIF shock absorbers minimize the effect of quick movements and a Parachrom Blue hairspring won’t be affected by temperature or exposure magnetic fields. Like all Rolex movements, the 3135 is a Swiss Certified (COSC) movement to ensure accuracy. The Oyster bracelet is famous in its own right as it has been around for decades. The bracelet is made from 3 flat links of solid Oystersteel with a brushed finish. Again, Riley’s Submariner looks to have the older, thicker lugs and narrower bracelet. Holding the bracelet together is a folding Oysterlock clasp that contains Rolex’s Glidelock system for extending the bracelet without using tools. The Submariner is highly sought after and people have been on a waiting list for years to get one on their wrist. If you are lucky enough to wait it out for the new reference, then you can expect to pay $10,250 for a Submariner Date. The Submariner holds its value very well and even getting the previous generation on the secondary market will set you back around $13,500.

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WOTW: Matthew Fitzpatrick’s Rolex Daytona on Oysterflex

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Matthew Fitzpatrick won the RBC Heritage over Jordan Spieth in a wild 3 hole playoff. After almost holing out his 9 iron, Matthew tapped in his birdie for the win. He was presented the bronze trophy and a red tartan blazer while wearing a Rolex Daytona in yellow gold.

WOTW Specs:
Name: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Reference: 116518LN-0043
Limited: No
Date: 2019 – 2023
Case: 18kt Yellow Gold
Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Black
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 4130, 44 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Oysterflex, Black Rubber
Price: ~$43,000

The Rolex Daytona, as I have said many times, is THE most sought after watch in the world today. It started life as the Rolex Cosmograph in 1963 but did not sell well as Rolex was not known as a maker of chronograph watches. The Daytona name was bestowed on the lineup in 1965, and yes it was named after the famous auto race. Since then we have seen many versions with different dials and made from different metals. Fitzpatrick’s Daytona was released in 2019 and just discontinued this year with the release of the brand new, updated Daytona.

The case on Matthew’s Daytona is 40mm and made from solid 18kt yellow gold that is crafted in-house by Rolex. In the early 2000’s Rolex built their own foundry in order to create their own precious metals to ensure they live up to the exact standards that Rolex demands. On the right side of the case are the screw down pushers and crown, all done in 18kt yellow gold. The crown contains Rolex’s Triplock waterproof system with 3 seals to keep water out to 100 meters. The caseback threads into the case and it crafted from solid 18kt yellow gold. The black bezel is made from Rolex’s own Cerachrom ceramic with a Tachymeter scale etched into it. Ceramic is often used in watches for it great scratch resistance, lightweight, and ceramic won’t loose its color like most metals. A sapphire crystal covers a black dial with gold accents. The hour markers are made from yellow gold, polished, and then filled with Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow in low light. The red “Daytona” name is right above the lower sub dial, paying homage to the older Daytona models.

Inside is Rolex’s Calibre 4130 self-winding movement, made up of 201 parts. The 4130 was originally released in 2000 and was the first Daytona movement designed and made in-house by Rolex. The previous movement was made by Zenith and modified by Rolex. The 4130 features a bidirectional rotor that winds that watch and can give the wearer up to 72 hours of power reserve. Paraflex shock absorbers and the Parachrom Blue hairspring resist shocks and temperature influences on the accuracy of the movement. Holding the watch on Matt’s wrist is Rolex’s Oysterflex strap. The black Oysterflex strap contains titanium nickel blades that are encased in a high performance elastomer that is comfortable and durable. Oysterflex straps come in different sizes and contain inner cushions for all day comfort. Rolex’s Oysterlock safety clasp holds the strap together and the Glidelcok extension lets you dial in the perfect fit.

Rolex Daytonas are so collectable and hard to find at your local dealer. You will need to have a very good relationship to be offered one at retail. This version was just discontinued and still commands a price around $43,000 on the secondary market.

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