May 31, 2023

WOTW: Jason Day’s Rolex Sea




Jason Day is back! His first win since 2018, it has been a long a long road back to the winners circle for the Australian. Day looked to be wearing his favorite Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea, a good thing since the rain poured down as he received his crystal trophy.

WOTW Specs Name: Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepseaReference: 1166600-0001Date: 2008 – 2017Case: 904L OystersteelBezel: Black Cerachrom CeramicSize: 44mmMovement: Rolex 3135, 31 JewelsPower Reserve: 48 hoursGlass: Saphire CrystalWater Resistance: 3,000 Meters (12,800 Feet)Bracelet: 904L OystersteelPrice: ~$12,000

Rolex's Sea-Dweller might not be the most popular or coveted watch lines, but it has included some of the most capable dive watches Rolex has ever made. The first Sea-Dweller was introduced in 1967 and its claim to fame was the helium escape valve for decompression from saturation diving. It also boasted an extreme waterproof rating of 2,000 feet (610m). In 2008 Rolex released an even more capable version, the Deepsea, that could withstand 12,800ft (3,900m) of ocean water pressure! Currently the king of Rolex divers is the massive, all titanium, 50mm Deepsea Challenge that has a waterproof rating of 36,090 feet (11,000m)!

This Seas-Dweller Deepsea was introduced in 2008 as the replacement to the smaller Sea-Dweller. The case on the Deepsea is larger, at 44mm, but still made from solid 904L Oystersteel. The right side of the case features large crown guards and a screw down crown with seals that can handle extreme depths. The right side of the case contains the helium escape valve for releasing gasses that can build up during decompression during saturation diving. The Deepsea also has some pretty extreme engineering in it with Rolex's Ring Lock System that keeps the watch safe under the crushing water pressure at 12,800 feet. Ring Lock uses a titanium caseback, Nitrogen-alloyed steel compression ring, a 5.5mm thick crystal, and a titanium clamping ring to encase the movement. That is then held to the case by a case back ring that threads into the Oystersteel case. A unidirectional bezel is made from Oystersteel and contains a Cerachrom ceramic insert that is black with silver numerals. The silver color contains actual platinum in it so it will resist fading over time.

The dial is black and contains larger hour markers that are filled with Rolex's Chromalight luminescent material for a bright blue glow in low light. A date window sits at the traditional 3 o’clock location but is not covered with a magnifying cyclops lens like other Rolex date models. Rolex has not figured out a way to keep the cyclops lens intact at 12,800ft of pressure and it keeps the view unobstructed for timing during dives.

Inside the Deepsea is a movement that is considered one of Rolex's best movements, the Calibre 3135. A self-winding mechanical movement, the 3135 contains 31 jewels and offers 48 hours of power reserve. So many Rolex collectors have considered this one of the most durable and accurate movements that Rolex has ever produced. It is also one of the most popular as it was used in Datejust, Yacht-Master, and Submariner models since its introduction in 1988 and was finally retired in 2015. Rolex Parachrom Bleu hairspring was upgraded in 2011 and is very resistant to magnetic fields, preventing an influence on the accuracy of the movement. As with all Rolex movements, the 3135's accuracy is Swiss certified (COSC).

The iconic Oyster bracelet is made from matching Oystersteel with a brushed finish across the entire top. The sides are polished for a subtle contrast and small screws are used to hold the links in place. A folding Oysterlock safety clasp brings the bracelet together and contains Rolex's Glidelock for fine-tuning the fit and Fliplock for larger extension for fitting over a wetsuit. While the Sea-Dwellers will never be as popular as Submariners, these still trade over their retail price today. An upgraded, brand-new Deepsea will cost you $14,150 at your local dealer if you can get in line for one. Day's older model still holds its value today and will run you about $12,000 for one in good condition.

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Good Friday morning, golf fans, as the fallout from wildest week in the sport's history continues and day two of the Canadian Open gets underway.

From the Golf Channel digital team…"Michael Feagles made a left-to-right, curling 30-footer for birdie on his final hole Thursday to shoot 59 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am."

The AP's Doug Ferguson…"It was Dunne and Ed Herlihy, chairman of the PGA Tour policy board, whom Monahan leaned on to set his first meeting with Al-Rumayyan a short time after the Masters."

From the team at Golf Digest…

Winner—Saudi Arabia: This is arguably a better outcome than LIV Golf succeeding on its own, for golf's professional tours embracing the kingdom's Public Investment Fund as a formal business partner—and thus allowing it into the sport's political matrix—is exactly the aspiration at the heart of its Vision 2030 plan, a blueprint to help sell the ostracized country to the rest of the world. —Joel Beall

Golf Digest's Christopher Powers…"In basic bio terms, Dunne is the vice chairman and senior managing principal of Piper Sandler, an investment bank and financial services company heavily involved in mergers and acquisitions. He was one of the founders of Sandler O’Neill and Partners, which in January 2020 was acquired by Piper Jaffray. Dunne helped Sandler O’Neill grow into becoming one of the largest independent full-service investment banking firms, focusing on the financial-services sector. A graduate of Notre Dame and a Long Island, N.Y., native, he began his career on Wall Street and has risen to become a rather large deal in the financial world. He's also an avid golfer, and his love of the sport not only played a role in saving his life… it led to him having a very important hand in what has transpired in the golf world this week."

ESPN report…"Corey Conners shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the RBC Canadian Open, the first PGA Tour event since its announcement of unifying with Saudi-funded rival LIV Golf."

Golfweek's Adam Woodard…"The first of six team ownership groups for TGL has officially been announced."

Lillian Rizzo for CNBC…"Despite those tensions being settled between the tour and LIV, they could be relevant when regulators comb over the deal."

Paul Higham for Golf Monthly…"Justin Rose says it won't be easy for some LIV Golf players to get back onto the PGA Tour, and would be more worried about the future from their perspective than players who stayed."




With the PGA Tour playing north of the border this week, GolfWRX stayed in the States and headed to the Korn Ferry Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am.

In addition to a couple of general galleries, we have nine WITBs for you to check out as well as a look at a new Aldila Rogue shaft.

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Good Thursday morning, golf fans, as the fallout from wildest week in the sport's history continues.

Joel Beall for Golf Digest…"To those who sensed that McIlroy might be feeling betrayed after Tuesday's stunning announcement between the tour and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, well, you’re right."

ESPN's Mark Schlabach…"I still hate LIV," McIlroy said. "Like, I hate LIV. I hope it goes away, and I would fully expect that it does. I think that's where the distinction here is. This is the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and the PIF — very different from LIV."

Monahan on his lack of transparency…"There's no question that yesterday was a setback, and I’ve had setbacks before and in terms of rebuilding the trust it begins with having conversation like I had through the night last night and being here in the morning and talking to players and explaining to them this deal and how this is a great outcome for every PGA Tour member and the game. I don't expect everybody to understand right off the bat. I think this is going to take some time but when you look out over the horizon I’m entirely confident when I talk to our players that this is where I’m going to take them. That's essentially where we are right now.

Monahan on ‘owning his hypocrisy’

Via Golf Channel's Brentley Romine…"People would be more open to it if it were this conversation two years ago before all the s— started," said the anonymous player. "The Tour messed up in the beginning and took such a hard stance. … To go back on his words literally a year later after making all these changes. Honestly, the PGA Tour is in a good spot with all the designated events and the changes. But I also think the litigation is the real reason [for the merger]. … I think LIV was going to be perfectly fine dragging out the court case. There's a lot of stuff."

Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner…"In a memo to players Wednesday, DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley reiterated that the joint commitment between his circuit, the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund doesn't change the short-term prospects of the LIV players who resigned their European tour membership last month."

Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner…"Jay Monahan promised Wednesday that the superstars who rejected offers from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund to remain loyal to the Tour will be compensated in some fashion."

ESPN's Bob Harig…"Norman, who was not mentioned in any of the news releases associated with the agreement between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Public Investment Fund that was announced Tuesday, told more than 100 people on a 30-minute call that LIV will see no operational changes and that work is already being done on a 2025 schedule."

Literally and figuratively the final paragraphs of his Quad column…"The major championship organizations also must feel more secure knowing they draw larger audiences and have history as an eternal draw for players and fans. They’ll still face pressures due to the PGA Tour mismanaging the threat at every turn and showing a willingness to sell out. But unlike Monahan's Tour taking their eye off the ball so regularly, the USGA, R&A, Augusta National and PGA of America have certainly not morphed into marketing machines oblivious to their missions."

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