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Rolex Golf Ambassadors and Their Watches

October 12, 2021

BY Paul Altieri

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Rolex’s support of golf dates back to 1967 during the era of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player – better known as The Big Three. Since then, Rolex watches have become a staple of the golf world and the Swiss watchmaking giant has expanded its commitment to golf by sponsoring tournaments, including major championships, and top-tier players.

The golf ambassador roster at Rolex is expansive and home to some of the best current and retired pro golfers in the entire sport. While most golfers do not wear watches while playing on the course, these ambassadors are rarely seen without a fantastic Rolex watch around their wrist when they don’t have a club in hand. Ever wonder what Rolex watches Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Lexi Thompson, and others wear? Keep reading to find out the favorite watches worn by Rolex golf ambassadors.

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Golf Watches

Tiger Woods Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller

Rolex Golf Ambassadors Tiger Woods Deepsea Sea-Dweller

About  Tiger Woods’ Rolex Deepsea:

– Reference Number: 116660

– Case Size: 44mm

– Materials: Stainless Steel

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display, Helium Escape Valve

– Dial: Black w/ Luminous Hour Markers

– Bezel: Unidirectional, Black Cerachrom Insert w/ 60-Minute Scale

– Crystal: Sapphire (Domed)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 3135

– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Sea-Dweller

Is there a greater legend than Tiger Woods in the game of golf? We think not. The now-forty-something-year-old player, who turned pro in 1996, single-handedly transformed golf into a sport you wanted to play rather than one you might have mocked. The five-time Masters Champion, four-time PGA Championship winner, three-time U.S. Open champion, and three-time British Open champion brought style and athleticism to golf – and youngsters everywhere wanted to be the next Tiger Woods.

In the late-1990s, Tudor (Rolex’s sister company) signed Tiger Woods as an ambassador, and the brand even launched a range of Oysterdate chronographs bearing the player’s name. Following his partnership with Tudor, Tiger Woods then joined the TAG Heuer family in 2003, where he served as a spokesperson for eight years. Finally, in 2011, the Rolex group brought Tiger Woods back into the fold – and this time, as an ambassador for Rolex.

Since then, we’ve seen Tiger Woods wearing a Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller – the brand’s biggest and most capable dive watch. The thick and imposing 44mm Deepsea case is water-resistant to an incredible 12,800 feet (3,900 meters), complete with a helium escape valve, Cerachrom ceramic bezel, and a domed 5.5mm-thick scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. While Rolex does offer the Deepsea with a special D-Blue dial (released in honor of James Cameron’s historic solo dive back in 2012), Tiger Wood opts for the classic black dial version of the watch.

Justin Thomas – Rolex Daytona

Rolex Golf Ambassadors Justin Thomas Daytona

About  Justin Thomas’s Rolex Daytona:

– Reference Number: 116509

– Case Size: 40mm

– Materials: 18k White Gold

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, 12-Hour Chronograph

– Dial: Blue w/ Luminous Hour Markers

– Bezel: Fixed, 18k White Gold w/ Tachymeter Scale

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 4130

– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Daytona

Louisville native Justin Thomas turned pro in 2013 and less than five years later, he became the youngest player to shoot a sub-60 round at just 24 years old. He won the PGA Championship in 2017 and in March 2021, Justin Thomas shot a final-round four-under-par 68 to win the 2021 Players Championship.

Justin Thomas has been a part of the Rolex family for a few years now and we’ve spotted him wearing some fantastic watches including a “Pepsi” GMT-Master II, a Sea-Dweller diver, and a steel and platinum Yacht-Master 40, just to name a few. However, these days, we’ve noticed Justin Thomas wearing the incredible white gold Daytona 116509 with a bright blue dial and red accents – including the Daytona name in red.

There are only a few Daytona references left in the current Rolex catalog with a metal bezel (instead of a Cerachom ceramic one) and the white gold 116509, which made its debut in 2016 alongside the yellow gold model with the green dial, is one of them.

Jon Rahm – Rolex Sky-Dweller

Rolex Golf Ambassadors Jon Rahm Sky-Dweller 

About Jon Rahm’s Rolex Sky-Dweller:

– Reference Number: 326934

– Case Size: 42mm

– Materials: White Rolesor (Stainless Steel & 18k White Gold)

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display, Month Display, Annual Calendar, GMT Functionality

– Dial: Blue w/ Luminous Hour Markers

– Bezel: Ring Command, 18k White Gold, Fluted Style

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat w/ Cyclops Lens)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 9001

– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Sky-Dweller

In June 2021, Jon Rahm became the first Spanish golfer to win the U.S. Open. That was his first major tournament win and thanks to his performance during the 2020–21 PGA Tour, Jon Rahm was awarded the PGA Player of the Year for that season, in addition to the Vardon Trophy and the Byron Nelson Award.

As a Rolex golf ambassador, Jon Rahm has worn a few different Rolex watches, including two-tone yellow gold and steel Daytona chronograph and an 18k white gold GMT-Master II with a meteorite dial and blue and red “Pepsi” bezel. However, the watch on his wrist when he held up the trophy after winning the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines was a stainless steel Rolex Sky-Dweller ref. 326934 with a white gold fluted bezel and steel Oyster bracelet.

Jon Rahm’s Sky-Dweller is the blue-dial version, which is the most popular dial option within the Sky-Dweller lineup and only available on the White Rolesor model. The Sky-Dweller is one of Rolex’s most complicated watches, not only boasting a dial that indicates the date, month, and two time zones but also an annual calendar, meaning that the watch only requires manual adjustment once a year.

Brooks Koepka – Rolex Daytona

Rolex Golf Ambassadors Brooks Koepka Daytona

About Brooks Koepka’s Rolex Daytona:

– Reference Number: 116500LN

– Case Size: 40mm

– Materials: Stainless Steel

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, 12-Hour Chronograph

– Dial: White w/ Luminous Hour Markers

– Bezel: Fixed, Black Cerachrom w/ Tachymeter Scale

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 4130

– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Daytona 116500

With two PGA Championship and two U.S. Open wins under his belt, Brooks Koepka won his four major championships in a two-year span from 2017 to 2019. He successfully defended the U.S. Open title in 2018 and went on to win his third career major later that year, paving the way for his PGA Tour Player of the Year award. In 2019, Brooks Koepka would capture his fourth major at the PGA Championship, thus becoming the first man to successfully defend two major titles.

A key golf ambassador of the Rolex “New Guard,” Brooks Koepka has worn several enviable Rolex watches while holding his well-earned trophies. We’ve spotted Brooks Koepka wearing the 50th Anniversary Sea-Dweller 126600 and the Everose gold Sky-Dweller 326935 on a matching Everose gold Oyster bracelet.

However, the Rolex watch that he seems to favor and wear the most is the ultra-popular Daytona 116500LN chronograph with a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel and white “panda” dial. Released in 2016, the Daytona 116500LN remains one of Rolex’s most in-demand watches and virtually impossible to purchase at retail.

Lexi Thompson – Rolex Datejust 36

Rolex Golf Ambassadors Lexi Thompson Datejust 36

About Lexi Thompson’s Rolex Datejust 36:

– Reference Number: 116200

– Case Size: 36mm

– Materials: Stainless Steel

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display

– Dial: Silver w/ Roman Numeral Markers

– Bezel: Fixed, Stainless Steel, Smooth Style

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat w/ Cyclops Lens)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 3135

– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Datejust

In addition to its significant support of men’s professional golf, Rolex also has several women players on its golf roster and the company is the Official Timekeeper of the five Majors in women’s professional golf.

American player, Lexi Thompson, turned pro at 15 years old, and at age 16, she set a then-new record as the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA tournament at the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic. In 2014, Lexi Thompson won her first career major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship (now known as the Chevron Championship.)

In terms of watches, Rolex ambassador Lexi Thompson is a fan of the Datejust and has frequently been spotted wearing two very different versions of the classic timepiece. The first is an understated stainless steel Datejust ref. 116200 with a smooth bezel, silver dial with Roman numerals, and an Oyster bracelet. Her other Datejust is a much more lavish iteration that is also 36mm but features a two-tone Everose gold and steel case, diamond-set bezel, and two-tone Jubilee bracelet.

Golf Ambassadors Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 Blue Dial Stainless Steel

Rolex Watches of Other Professional Golfers

In addition to the five incredible players we’ve outlined above, there are, of course, plenty of other Rolex golfers on the list. Here’s are some of the Rolex watches we’ve seen them wearing:

Men’s Rolex Golf Ambassadors:

– Rickie Fowler wears a white gold Yacht-Master ref. 226659 with a 42mm case, black ceramic bezel, and black Oysterflex bracelet.

– Jordan Speith wears a stainless steel Explorer II ref. 216570 with a 42mm case, Oyster bracelet, and white “Polar” dial.

–  Phil Mickelson wears an Everose gold Yacht-Master ref. 116655 with a 40mm case, black ceramic bezel, and black Oysterflex bracelet.

– Adam Scott wears a two-tone Everose gold and steel GMT-Master II ref. 126711CHNR with a 40mm case, Oyster bracelet, and black and brown “Root Beer” Cerachrom bezel.

– Hideki Matsuyama wears a yellow gold and stainless steel Submariner 116613LB “Bluesy” with blue Cerachrom bezel, sunburst blue dial, and two-tone Oyster bracelet.

Women’s Rolex Golf Ambassadors:

– Lydia Ko wears an Everose gold Yacht-Master ref. 268655 with a 37mm case, black Cerachrom bezel, and black Oysterflex bracelet.

– Brooke Henderson wears a stainless steel Datejust 36 with a silver dial, smooth bezel, and Oyster bracelet.

– Anna Nordqvist wears an Explorer 214270 with a 39mm steel case, steel Oyster bracelet, and black dial with oversized 3, 6, 9 Arabic numerals.

– Maria Fassi wears a steel Datejust 36 with a diamond-set bezel and diamond indexes on the silver dial.

– Annika Sörenstam wears a white gold Daytona “Beach” ref. 116519 with a pink mother-of-pearl dial and pink leather strap.

Like the brand they represent, Rolex golf ambassadors all share a drive for excellence and seek to continuously improve their game. From the late Arnold Palmer (the first Rolex golf ambassador) to living golf legends that still play today – to a new crop of young pro players set on forging their own sporting legacy, Rolex golf ambassadors are some of the greatest names in the history of the sport.

Golf Ambassadors Rolex Submariner 116610LN Black Dial Stainless Steel

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2 Responses to “Rolex Golf Ambassadors and Their Watches”

  1. Marshall Wade says:

    Is it feasible that if I took my subdate into a jewellers to have the middle link on the strap polished to a shine would it work? Or is the polished of Rolex’s middle link of a different type of metal?
    Thank you Bobs Watches
    Marshall Wade in the UK

    • Paul Altieri says:

      On the Submariner collection, polished center links are only found on two-tone and solid gold models (which means that the polished section will be 18k gold, regardless of the specific reference). With that in mind, you can certainly polish stainless steel – for example, the current stainless steel GMT-Master II has a bracelet with polished center links (both on the Oyster and Jubilee bracelet models), so it can be done should you really wish to do so.
      The finish on the metal is something that can always be altered or changed, but there are dangers with polishing a watch or bracelet – especially when having it done by someone who does not specialize in watches or has the necessary equipment to work on them. Overpolishing can permanently destroy the shape of components and we generally advise against altering your Rolex watch in any way beyond its factory-intended condition. However, it is certainly possible to have the center link of your bracelet polished to a high-gloss finish if you wish to have it done.

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