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5 Golfing Greats And Their Watches

The two-year wait for an Open Championship will finally be over this week. The156-strong field will be fighting it out after Golf's oldest major was cancelled last year. Six different major champions have been crowned since The Open was last played 24 months ago, with four of those - Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm - claiming one of the sport's showpieces for the first time. Can you tell we are excited? Well, we are preparing in the only way we know how – to take a look at five golfing greats and their watches!

First up – Bubba Watson. Watson is among the longest drivers on the PGA Tour; in 2007 he had an average drive of 315.2 yards and can hit a ball over 350 yards, capable of generating a ball speed up to 194 mph. Mad when you think he is also wearing a watch! The RM 055 Bubba Watson is what he wears most often. Inspired by the RM 038 Bubba Watson tourbillon watch presented in 2011. Its mechanical movement, crafted in grade 5 titanium displays extreme skeletonization. The RM 055 is a highly technical creation that is innovative, sporty and not for the faint hearted!

Next, Dustin Johnson. He has won an incredible 24 PGA tour victories, and two major championships, the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club with a 4-under-par score of 276 and the 2020 Masters Tournament with a record score of 268, 20-under-par. More often than not, he has been spotted wearing a myriad of Hublot watches, but most recently the BIG BANG UNICO Golf.

Image Source: Hublot

A man that needs no introduction - Jack Nicklaus (The Golden Bear). A Rolex Day‐Date Reference 1803 in yellow gold has graced the wrist of Mr. Nicklaus nearly every day since he received it as a gift from Rolex in 1967.  The watch was present when he won 12 of his record 18 professional major championship titles. While attending the Canada Cup in Tokyo in 1966, Mr. Nicklaus was offered a watch of his choice during a Rolex cocktail event that he attended with golf icons Gary Player and Arnold Palmer. Mr. Player, who was sponsored by Rolex at the time, recommended that Mr. Nicklaus choose the gold Day‐Date on display. The watch sold at Phillips in 2019 for $1,220,000.

Image Source: Jack Nicklaus

Next up, the Irishman Rory Mcilroy. He is a former world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking, having spent over 100 weeks in that position during his career. He also happens to love his watches. The four-time major champion recently teamed up with Omega to produce a Seamaster Aqua Terra “Ultra Light”, an impressively lightweight time-only watch that he and fellow Omega ambassadors Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood have worn on the course. Great looking, with a stealthy grey vibe, the touches of red with the seconds hand and stitching on the strap really set it off.

And finally, the ever-flamboyant Ian Poulter. Spotted over the years sporting various AP’s, in particular the Concept GMT Tourbillion. The Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon in white ceramic that was produced in 2014 and carried a price tag of over £180k. This Concept was introduced in 2014 and could easily be spotted across the room thanks to its ceramic bezel, central bridge, crown, and pusher. The ceramic bezel is about as close to scratch-proof as you can get but it also takes special diamond-tipped tools to create. A fine mix of haute horology and avant garde design from AP.

Image Source: Phillips

One thing is for sure, whatever the guys are rocking this week at The Open – we will be watching!