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.
Name: Rolex Submariner Date
Date: 2013 – 2020
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Royal Blue
Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster, Yellow Rolesor
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.
WOTW: Si Woo Kim’s Patek Philippe Aquanaut in Rose Gold
Si Woo Kim won his fourth PGA Tour event at the Sony Open this weekend. He started his Sunday three shots back but finished with two birdies to win by one shot over Hayden Buckley at Waialae Country Club. Kim happily raised the gold trophy into the bright Hawaiian air with a rose gold Patek Philippe Aquanaut on his wrist.
Name: Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Date: 2009 – Current
Case: Rose Gold
Bezel: Rose Gold
Movement: Caliber 26-330 S C, 30 Jewels
Power Reserve: 45 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 120 Meters
Bracelet: Brown Composite Strap
Price: $43,760 (~$75,000)
We don’t seem to feature Patek Philippe watches on WOTW enough, but today we get to look at Si Woo Kim’s Aquanaut! Patek Phillippe was founded by Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe in 1839. Patek Philippe is considered one of the premier watch makers in the world right now and is one of the last family-owned watch companies left. The Aquanaut line was released in 1997, and while not as popular and collectable as the Nautilus, has become and extremely popular and collectable piece.
Aquanauts come in a variety of materials and with different mechanical options depending on what you would like on your wrist. Kim’s 5167R reference number identifies it as being made from rose gold. You can currently get an Aquanaut in stainless steel or white gold. Kim’s Aquanaut has a 40.8mm case that is crafted from rose gold. The caseback has a large display window where you can see the exquisitely finished mechanical movement. The screw-down case back window is made from ultra scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and sealed for a water resistance rating of 120 meters. On the right side of the case are two crown guards that protect the screw-down crown. On top of the case is the very famous dodecagon bezel with very subtle 12 sides. The bezel has a vertical brushed finish that is perfectly laid down and polished sides for classic contrast. Another scratch resistant sapphire crystal sits in the bezel to protect the dial and hands. A brown dial is embossed with what look like longitude and latitude lines from a globe and is surrounded by rose gold hour numerals. A luminescent material fills in the numerals and the rose gold hour and minute hands for easy reading in low light and the date window sits at 3 o’clock.
Inside this elegant piece is Patek’s Caliber 26-330 S C self-winding movement that is designed and built completely in-house. Patek is well known for the extreme detail that goes into each of their watches. They might spend hours hand finishing one of the 212 parts in the 26-330 that will be covered and never seen by any eyes. A 21k gold rotor winds the movement with the natural movement of your wrist and the movement offers around 45 hours of power reserve.
The tropical strap on Kim’s Aquanaut is a brown composite material with a square texture on the outside. Patek doesn’t get deep into what the composite is made of but they skipped rubber to ensure that the strap can withstand every day wear and exposure to water over long periods of time. The strap comes together with an ornate fold-over clasp. The clasp is made from matching rose gold and features the Patek Philippe logo embossed on it. The demand for Aquanauts isn’t as strong as the Nautilus but finding one of these at your local Patek Philippe dealer isn’t easy. If you can get one at retail then the $43,760 will feel like a bargain compared to the $75,000 price a 5167R goes for on the secondary market.
WOTW: Jon Rahm’s Rolex Sky-Dweller in Stainless Steel and Bright Blue
Jon Rahm won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in a wild fashion, coming from seven shots back to win! A final round 63 (10 under) sealed the two-shot victory over Collin Morikawa. As Jon celebrated with his family, I could only notice that he was wearing his long-time, trusty Rolex Sky-Dweller in Bright Blue on his wrist.
Name: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
Date: 2017 – Present
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: White Gold Fluted
Dial: Bright Blue
Movement: Calibre 9001, 40 Jewels
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 100 Meters
Bracelet: Rolex Oyster, 904L Oystersteel
Price: $15,650 (~$24,000)
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. Secondary market prices on almost all watches have come down and there was a time when a Blue Sky-Dweller was going for $20,000 over the retail price. Things have cooled off and if you can’t find one at your local Rolex dealer for $15,650 then expect to now pay around $24,000 on the secondary market.
WOTW: Nelly Korda’s $250,000 Richard Mille RM07 from the PNC Championship
This year’s PNC Championship wasn’t won by Nelly or her father Petr, but much was said about the young LPGA Superstar’s swing! Many players talked about her game and how impressed they are with her. Nelly also wears an impressive watch during tournament play, a Richard Mille RM07 in Carbon TPT.
Name: Richard Mille RM 07-01
Date: 2020 – Present
Case: Carbon TPT and Titanium
Bezel: Carbon TPT
Dial: Carbon TPT
Movement: Calibre CRMA2, 25 Jewels
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 50 Meters
Bracelet: Green Rubber Strap
Richard Mille is a relatively new brand that was founded in 2001 by Dominique Guenat and Richard Mille. They craft ultra-luxury watches that use cutting edge materials, technology, and engineering that have a starting price around $100,000. Richard Mille has been a large golf partner for years and most famous for their partnership with Bubba Watson. Nelly is also a Richard Mille athlete and while she doesn’t have her own signature model like Bubba, yet, she can usually be seen wearing a RM07-01.
At the PNC Championship, Nelly was wearing an RM07-01 that has a multi piece case made from TPT Carbon and what looks to be titanium. Carbon TPT is layers of carbon fiber around 30 microns thick. This creates a “Damascus” look and no two pieces will ever look the same. The main case is titanium with the Carbon TPT caseback and bezel attached with four Grade 5 titanium spline screws. The caseback features a large display window made from saphire crystal. The bezel of the RM07-01 is Carbon TPT and holds the scratch resistant sapphire crystal in place. The dial is partly skeletonized on the outside while the center is made from Carbon TPT. The hour markers around the dial are teardrop shaped and contain luminescent material for easier reading in low light.
Inside the RM07-01 is Richard Mille’s Calibre CRMA2 self-winding movement. The CRMA2 is built on a Grade 5 titanium baseplate that is micro blasted and finished with an electroplasma treatment for added rigidity. Grade 5 titanium (6Al-4V) is the most common version of titanium and made of titanium, aluminum, vanadium, and iron. It is most commonly used in aerospace but has uses in automotive and sports equipment as well. Richard Mille adds some engineering to its beautiful red gold rotor, giving it variable-geometry to fine tune the amount of winding it does. Two weights are held in place with spline screws and can be adjusted for the amount of movement a person does. High used individuals will have the weights slide to an outside position to slow the rotor down while less active can have the weights slide closer to the center for a faster winding. The whole rotor assembly runs on ball bearings for smoother and more durable operation. The CRMA2 contains 25 jewel bearings and offers the wearer around 50 hours of power reserve.
While the RM07-01 comes with a black rubber strap, they are easily interchangeable. Nelly has chosen to go with a green rubber strap that is attached to the case with four titanium spline screws. A deployant clasp brings the green strap together and holds it securely on her wrist. Richard Mille straps are also in high demand and an authentic green strap can cost around $600 alone. Richard Mille watches hold their value extremely well and the Carbon TPT models tend to be the most sought after by the watch community. The retail on a full Carbon TPT RM07-01 is probably around $160,000 – $170,000, if you can find one. On the secondary market these go for a hefty premium and expect to pay a little more than $250,000 for a nice version.
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