This weekend we saw another version of The Match, but this time the competition featured some of the biggest golfers in the world. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy took on Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth for a 12-hole match at Pelican Bay Golf Club. Before The Match started, we saw these four wearing their typical watches, most of them we have seen over the past couple of years. Tiger, JT, and Jordan wearing Rolex models and Rory sporting his usual Omega.
A version of the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea has been on Tiger’s wrist for years now. He used to wear the “James Cameron” version, but after his accident I haven’t seen it. The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea is the bigger, more capable sibling to the iconic Submariner. The larger, 44mm, case is made from solid 904L Oystersteel and on top is the unidirectional bezel with a black Cerachrom ceramic insert. The dial is matte black with large hour markers made from white gold and filled with Chromalight luminescent material. Inside is Rolex’s own Calibre 3235 self-winding automatic movement. The 3235 is a COSC certified movement with 70 hours of power reserve and 31 jewels. This Sea-Dweller Deepsea is not one of the most sought after Rolex models, but still demands a premium on the secondary market. Retail price is $13,850 if you can find one, but expect to pay around $15,000 from a grey market dealer. Mechanized Moulding Line
WOTW Specs Name: Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea Reference: 126660-0001 Limited: No Date: 2018 – 2022 Case: 904L Oystersteel Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic Dial: Black Size: 44mm Movement: Rolex 3235, 31 Jewels Power Reserve: 70 hours Glass: Saphire Crystal Waterproof: 3,900 Meters Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteeel Price: $13,850 ($15,000)
The Seamaster has been one of Omega’s legendary lines since it was introduced in 1948. Rory has been wearing this watch a whole lot recently after seeing it at the Masters. A solid stainless steel case measures in at 42mm and has a second crown at 10 o’clock where the helium escape valve sits. The bezel is stainless steel and contains a green ceramic insert with a diving scale. Inside is a Calibre 8800 self-winding automatic movement with a Co-Axial escapement. The Co-Axial escapement reduces friction for better efficiency and longevity. A polished green ceramic dial features laser engraved waves and a date window at 6 o’clock. A matching green rubber strap keeps this Seamaster on your wrist. The retail price is $5,100 but it is no longer available on Omega’s website, so expect to pay around $5,600 on the secondary market for a nice example.
WOTW Specs Name: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Reference: 22.214.171.124.10.001 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 (~$5,600)
One of the most sought after watches in the world right now, the Rolex Daytona “Panda” is almost impossible to get at your Rolex dealer. A 40mm stainless steel case wears a little smaller than the number and features a screw down crown and pushers on the right side of the case. A black Cerachrom ceramic bezel goes perfectly with the white dial and black subdials. Inside the Daytona is Rolex’s own Calibre 4130 that was designed and built completely in-house. The famous Oyster bracelet is crafted from 3 solid links of 904L Oystersteel for its high corrosion resistance and the Oysterlock safety clasp has an Easylink extension link to dial in the perfect fit. A “Panda” Daytona just doesn’t exist at a dealer right now so you probably won’t be able to get one at the $14,550 retail price. If you desire to get one on your wrist without waiting then expect to pay around $31,000, currently down from a high around $60,000 earlier in the year, on the grey market.
WOTW Specs Name: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference: 116500ln-0001 Limited: No Date: 2016 – Present Case: 904L Oystersteel Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic Dial: White Size: 40mm Movement: Rolex 4130, 44 Jewels Power Reserve: 72 hours Glass: Saphire Crystal Waterproof: 100 Meters Bracelet: Oyster, 904L Oystersteel Price: $14,550 ($31,000)
Another Rolex Daytona, but this one is crafted from solid 18kt white gold. The case is crafted from the precious metal and has a warmer silver tone than JT’s stainless steel. The bezel is made from black Cerachrom ceramic and contains a Tachymeteric scale for timing land speed. Under the sapphire crystal is a steel and black dial that features white gold hour markers filled with Chromalight for a bright blue glow in low light. Rolex’s Calibre 4130 sits inside the gold case and uses Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers for more durability and resistance to temperature. The Osysterflex strap is made from encasing titanium and nickel blades in a high performance elastomer rubber. The Oysterflex comes together with a traditional Oysterlock safety clasp with the Easylink extension. This piece is somewhat rare and you have to have a very good relationship with a Rolex dealer to get one at the $30,500 retail price. Most won’t be able to get theirs from a dealer so expect to pay around $44,550 on the grey market for a great condition piece.
WOTW Specs Name: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference: 116519LN-0027 Limited: No Date: 2019 – Present Case: 18kt White Gold Bezel: Black Cerachrom Ceramic Dial: Steel and Black Size: 40mm Movement: Calibre 4130, 44 Jewels Power Reserve: 72 Hours Glass: Saphire Crystal Waterproof: 100 Meters Bracelet: Rolex Osyterflex Black Price: $30,500 (~$44,500)
WOTW: Nelly Korda’s $250,000 Richard Mille RM07 from the PNC Championship
WOTW: Viktor Hovland’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver in Khaki Green
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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 Reference: RM-07-01 Limited: No Date: 2020 – Present Case: Carbon TPT and Titanium Bezel: Carbon TPT Dial: Carbon TPT Size: 31mm Movement: Calibre CRMA2, 25 Jewels Power Reserve: 50 Hours Glass: Saphire Crystal Waterproof: 50 Meters Bracelet: Green Rubber Strap Price: ~$250,000
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.
Viktor Hovland successfully defended his Hero World Challenge title this weekend. Hovland fired a final round 69, giving him a 2 stroke win over Scottie Scheffler. After the round, Victor received his trophy from Tiger Woods and on his wrist was a green Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver.
WOTW Specs Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Reference: 15720ST.OO.A052CA.01 Limited: No Date: 2021 – Present Case: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Dial: Khaki Green “Méga Tapisserie” Size: 42mm Movement: Calibre 4308, 32 Jewels Power Reserve: 60 Hours Glass: Saphire Crystal Waterproof: 300 Meters Bracelet: Khaki Green Rubber Strap Price: $29,000 (~$35,000)
Audemars Piguet has been making the Royal Oak Offshore line of watches since 1992 as the larger and more capable version of the iconic Royal Oak. The larger cases, bezels, and straps give the Offshore a stronger look and stand out more on the wrist. The Offshore Diver line was introduced in 2010 and was the first Audemars Piguet watch to be ISO certified.
The case on the Offshore Diver is 42mm and made from a solid block of stainless steel but it does sit tall on the wrist at around 14mm thick. The caseback on the new Offshore Diver features a large display window, made from sapphire crystal, that allows you to view the mechanical movement inside. The caseback is held in place by 8 screws and is sealed to give the Diver a 300 meter water resistance rating. On the right side of the case is the tradition screw-down crown, finished in black ceramic and ping gold, that is used to set the time and day on the watch. The second crown sits at 10 o’clock and it is used to to set the inner rotating bezel. This bezel is around the dial and can be used for timing during dives. On top of the case is the legendary octagon Royal Oak bezel that sits on a large rubber gasket and is held in place by 8 hex screws. Under the sapphire crystal is a Khaki Green dial the the Royal Oak Offshore’s Méga Tapisserie texture. Méga Tapisserie is a sequence of raised squares with a matte finish. The hour markers and hands are made from pink gold and filled with larger amounts of luminescent material for easy reading underwater. A date is located at 3 o’clock and has a magnifying cyclops lens integrated into the glass.
Inside the stainless steel armor is a self-winding mechanical movement that was designed and built in-house by Audemars Piguet in 2021. The Calibre 4308 is an upgraded movement with a date that moves to the next day instantly a new setting mechanism for added durability. The 4308 contains 234 individual parts, offers the wearer 60 hours of power reserve and features an oscillating rotor made from solid 22k pink gold. That rotor is then given a dark grey finish and perfectly hand polished.
Holding this dive watch on Viktor’s wrist is a Khaki Green rubber strap with a stainless steel pin buckle. You are able to quickly change out the strap with quick release buttons on the lugs and pin buckle. Each strap then has steel latches built into them to snap into the lugs and pin buckle. Audemars Piguet makes plenty of $600+ rubber and leather options to dress up, or down, your Offshore Diver.
These Royal Oak Offshore Divers are gaining popularity and at one time pretty easy to get your hands on. This isn’t the case currently and if you can get one at your local Audemars Piguet dealer for the $29,000 retail price, consider yourself lucky. On the secondary market you can expect to add around a $6,000 premium to that retail price.
Butch and Henrik enjoyed a little treat before the start of the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie. Butch looked to be wearing a Dark Rhodium Rolex Yacht-Master 40 while Henrik’s watch looks like an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore in Black Ceramic. Both are rated for water resistance, but I am not sure about ice cream.
Butch’s WOTW Specs Name: Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Reference: 116622-0003 Limited: No Date: 2016 – 2019 Case: 904L Oystersteel Bezel: 950 Platinum Dial: Slate Size: 40mm Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels Power Reserve: 48 Hours Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens Waterproof: 100 Meters Bracelet: 904L Oystersteel Price: ~$14,500
Henrik’s WOTW Specs: Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Reference: 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02 Limited: No Date: 2017 – 2020 Case: Black Ceramic Bezel: Black Ceramic Dial: Black Méga Tapisserie Size: 44mm Movement: Calibre 3126/3840, 59 Jewels Power Reserve: 50 Hours Glass: Saphire Crystal Waterproof: 100 Meters Bracelet: Black Rubber Strap Price: ~$42,000
Rolex and Audemars Piguet are highly recognized as two of the most prestigious watch builders in the world. Both have long histories with Audemars Piguet starting in 1875 and Rolex in 1905. Where Rolex is the largest brand in the world of watches, Audemars Piguet is recognized as one of the premier watch builders.
Butch’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 is the previous version that was discontinued in 2019 and was updated with a new movement and very minor visual changes. The case is still 40mm and made from 904L Oystersteel, a stainless steel alloy that is very corrosion resistant. The right side of the case features a screw-down crown with triple waterproof seals for a 100 meter water resistance rating. The bezel is made from Rolex’s own 950 platinum that is forumulated in their own foundry to ensure it lives up to the quality Rolex demands. The larger bezel has raised numerals that are polished and the background is a sand blasted matte finish. The dial is officially Slate from Rolex but is often called Dark Rhodium by the watch community. The dial is surrounded by white gold hour markers that are filled with Chromalight luminescent material. The dial is also accented by Yacht-Master text and a sweeping second hand that are finished in light blue. Inside the Yacht-Master is the Calibre 3135 self-winding automatic movement that was designed and built in-house. The 3135 is COSC certified movement that contains a Parachrom hairspring for better accuracy during temperature changes or shocks. The bracelet is the iconic Oyster design, made from solid links of Oystersteel. The bracelet comes together with the Oysterlock folding clasp that also features an Easylink extension. Currently the market is still strong on these previous versions and you can expect to pay around $14,200 to get a nice one on your wrist.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore was introduced in 1992 as the larger sibling to the iconic Royal Oak. Henrik’s Offshore was brought to retail in 2017 and I think has been discontinued recently. The case is on the larger side at 44mm and is made from black ceramic. The caseback features a large display window where you can view the winding rotor and some of the movement. On the right side of the case are the pushers for running the chronograph as well as the black ceramic crown, protected by titanium guards. The octagon bezel is also made from scratch-resistant black ceramic, held down with the legendary hex screws. The dial has AP’s famous Méga Tapisserie texture to it and finished in a gloss black. On the outside of the dial is a Tachymeter scale and pink gold hour markers that are filled with luminescent material. The hands on the watch are crafted from pink gold and the date window is set at the 3 o’clock position. Inside the ceramic case is an AP Calibre 3126/3840 that contains 365 parts. The 3126 also runs on 59 jewels and offers the wearer 50 hours of power reserve. The strap on Henrik’s Offshore is black rubber that is attached to the case with titanium lugs. The two ends of the strap come together with titanium a pin buckle. Royal Oak Offshore models are in pretty high demand and you can expect to pay around $42,000 to get one in your collection.
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