A great watch is as much a golf accessory as the perfect driver (though admittedly not as necessary). Perhaps that’s why luxury watch brands have long courted professional golfers, ensuring that their brands are on the wrists of some of the best golfers in the world, from Rory McIlroy and his Omega to Tiger Woods and his Rolex to Dustin Johnson and his Hublot, among countless other golfer/watch partnerships. But some watch brands have taken the golf/watch connection even further, specifically designing watches meant for the course — or at least inspired by the great game of golf. Here are a few timepieces to consider for your golf arsenal.
As much a functional timepiece as a statement on your wrist, Tag’s golfcentric version of their high-tech Connected watch offers digital scorekeeping and shot tracking among its many features. But the golf theme extends to the watch’s styling as well, with a ball marker built into the buckle and a sporty white strap and green accents that look right at home on the golf course (though the watch also comes with a black strap). With 3D renderings of your ball’s trajectory, you’ll be able to get a good look at your game, while detailed overviews of your previous shots can help you figure out what club to use on future shots. $2,650
With its sporty green-and-black-stripe NATO strap and a green central seconds hand, the golf version of Omega’s Seamaster is a classy timepiece favored by Sergio Garcia and a tribute to Omega’s ongoing connection to the game of golf. The hard-to-find watch features a symmetrical case crafted from stainless steel with a wave-edged design featured on the back, as well as a sun-brushed black dial with a horizontal teak pattern. The green accent is carried through to the Seamaster logo as well as the quarter numbers on the minute track. $5,400
If hunting down a rare but costly gem is for you, consider the very-limited-edition RM 055. Inspired by the original RM Bubba Watson 038 tourbillon, the RM 055 is made of grade 5 titanium steel featuring a white ATZ coating on the bezel and has a 55-hour power reserve. It’s got an immaculate white case, a transparent dial and is powered by the RMUL2 automatic tourbillon movement. Bubba’s choice on the course is innovative, sporty and hand-finished — though hard to find. Expect to pay northward of $400,000 for one, if you can find it.
Made of ultralightweight carbon and billed as the world’s first mechanical golf watch, the Big Bang Unico features three apertures on the side of the watch to enable golfers to see which hole they’re on, how many shots they’ve taken on the hole and their cumulative score for the round. The watch has a power reserve of 72 hours, weighs less than 100 grams and is water-resistant to 100 meters. The high-tech orange fabric strap can be quickly changed with Hublot’s One Click change system. Though really, why would you want to? $32,500
While it isn’t technically a golf-specific watch, the Oyster Perpetual 41 with a green face is worthy of consideration, not just because of its sporty green face but because we know Rolex is a golf lover’s brand as much as it is a brand that seems to love the game of golf. The watch brand of pro golfers such as Tiger Woods, Rolex even sponsors a golf series: the Rolex series on the DP World Tour. The brand first partnered with pro golfer Arnold Palmer in 1967 and has been racking up pro golfers to wear their luxury timepieces ever since, with brand ambassadors including Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ho and Lexi Thompson, among others. While the pros sport various Rolex models on their wrists, you can’t go wrong with the Oyster Perpetual 41 featuring a green dial and a rugged but stylish oystersteel bracelet. The watch is equipped with Calibre 3230, a self-winding mechanical movement launched by Rolex in 2020 which is resistant to shocks and magnetic fields. $6,150
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