Quail Hollow was the scene of this year’s Presidents Cup, and Team USA picked up another win. But it wasn’t as dazzling as you might think: the international team fought hard and never backed down. The United States was led by captain Davis Love III and Trevor Immelman led the international team. Each captain wore a Rolex watch, an Oyster Perpetual and a Yacht-Master respectively.
Details, below, courtesy of Rolex.
Rolex has spent the past 117 years becoming the most iconic watch brand in history. Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis founded the company in 1905 in London. The two began 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 designed their Oyster case. The Oyster case was waterproof and dustproof, making it the first reliable wristwatch capable of surviving the elements.
Davis Love III sported the Oyster Perpetual, one of the oldest names in the Rolex catalog. The OP, as it is known, was introduced in 1931 as one of the first wristwatches to contain a self-winding movement. Before, watches had to be manually wound to keep running, and the perpetual rotor wound itself with the flick of your wrist. These early Oyster Perpetuals did not have Rolex movements inside, but rather modified movements from other manufacturers. The first OP with a Rolex movement inside dates back to 1950 and currently Rolex uses only its own movements in all of its watches.
The Oyster Perpetual that Davis III carries is special in several ways, the first being that it was only made for 2 years. In 2020, Rolex introduced a handful of brightly colored dials for the OP and they were met with great enthusiasm. Rolex then decided to discontinue almost all of them in 2022, making the models even more collectible. Davis Love III is also special because it was a gift for being an alternate captain at the 2021 Ryder Cup.
The case measures 41mm and is crafted from Oystersteel 904L stainless steel and polished to a mirror finish. A polished domed bezel rests on top of the case and holds the sapphire crystal in place. The dial is called Coral Red and features white gold indexes filled with Rolex Chromalight luminescent material. There is no date window at 3 o’clock because the OP only tells you the time.
Inside is the Rolex Caliber 2320 mechanical movement. The 2320 offers approximately 70 hours of power reserve and 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 adjustable Easylink in the Oysterclasp for the perfect fit. Now that these are discontinued, you’re stuck paying the hefty markup to get yours. The original retail price was just $5,900, but now expect to pay upwards of $18,000 to get one in your collection.
On the international side, Trevor Immelman wore the popular Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Everose gold. The Yacht-Master was officially introduced in 1992 as the much more luxurious sibling of the Submariner. The Yacht-Master is usually constructed from at least one precious metal and in Immelman’s case it is rose gold. Now the Yacht-Master 40 doesn’t just use rose gold, it’s 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 manufacture its precious metals like gold and platinum to ensure they are durable enough to be worn every day and used in corrosive environments like salt water.
The case measures 40mm in diameter and contains a screwed caseback which gives it a water resistance of 100 meters. The bezel is in 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 and easier to read look. The intense black dial is easy to read and features large Everose gold and Chromalight filled hour markers for easy reading in low light conditions. A date window sits at 3 o’clock and changes instantly at midnight, you will never see the date window slide to the next day as the hands approach midnight.
Inside the Yacht-Master 40 is Rolex’s caliber 3235 which contains the new Chronergy escapement for improved efficiency and durability. The 3235 will run for approximately 70 hours on its power reserve and was designed and built entirely in-house. The bracelet is a black Oysterflex bracelet which is more than just rubber. The titanium and nickel blades are coated with elastomer for an extremely durable and comfortable strap. An Oysterlock safety clasp is crafted from matching Everose gold and contains Rolex’s Glidelock extension for tool-free adjustment. These Yacht-Masters are not easy to obtain and cost $28,050 at your local Rolex dealer. In the aftermarket, these 40mm Yacht-Masters are asking for around $33,000.