Stephen Curry Shows off his MVP Rolex

NBA Superstar, Stephen Curry, wearing a Rolex Deepsea 116660  Image: sfgate.com
Stephen Curry is one of the top NBA players in the league and a part of the 2x world champion Golden State Warriors.  Curry won the MVP award twice in his career and is currently playing at the top of his game.  He is a 3-point master, and combined with his athleticism, he is seemingly unstoppable.  At 6 foot 2 inches, he plays a shooting guard, leading the league in 3 point shots from 2013 through 2017.  He is also a deadly shot at the free-throw line and on defense.

Stephen Curry loves his Rolex Deepsea 116660.  Curry was inspired by the hard work put into the game by his NBA father Dell Curry, who spent most of his career playing for the Charlotte Hornets.  The Deepsea is not overly outrageous or flashy.  It isn't the gold timepiece that many NBA stars like to wear, to show off their wealth and prestige.  No, the Deepsea is a solid timepiece with the ability to do things that other timepieces can't.  Just like Curry.  He can take the shot from deep - with an accuracy that only a Rolex can match.

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller

The Rolex Sea-Dweller was engineered by Rolex to conquer the deep.  It is waterproof to an unbelievable depth of 12,800 feet.  It is made of 43 mm Oystersteel and has a matching Oyster Bracelet with an Oysterlock safety and a double extension system to be used on top of a diving suit.

Although I don't expect Curry is diving much in his spare time, other than for a basketball, he probably enjoys the Glidelock system which allows him to adjust the Sea-Dweller in 2 mm increments easily.

The movement is a caliber 3235 with a 70 hour power reserve.  It has an hour, minute and seconds hands which, combined with the large hour markers, have blue luminescence in the dark. 

So, no matter where Curry is flying to, his timepiece will have plenty of power and visibility every night he finishes a game.  

Kevin Durant's Hard to Find Rolex Daytona

Kevin Durant, NBA Superstar wearing Rolex Daytona 116500
Kevin Durant is one of the top NBA players in the entire league.  He won MVP honors in 2014, a title in 2016 and is on his way to possibly a 2nd title again this year.  Durant also has 2 gold Olympic medals.  He is one of the highest paid NBA players because of his combined salary and Nike endorsement deal.  At a height of 6'9" he plays a strong forward, but has the length and speed to contend against both taller centers and shorter "more agile" players.  An unbelievable athlete, Durant plays strong defense, and racks up some of the top stats in scoring, assists, rebounds, and shot percentage.  Durant helped take the Oklahoma City Thunder to a shot at the NBA crown, only to be upset by LeBron James and the Miami Heat.  He joined the Golden State Warriors in 2016 and returned the favor, beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Durant has chosen to sport a Daytona Reference 116500LN, which debuted in Baselworld 2016.  The timepiece is in huge demand and has a massive waitlist to acquire one.

Rolex Daytona's are in high demand across the board.  First introduced in 1963 to meet the demands of professional racecar drivers, the Daytonas of today are made today with a highly reliable chronograph and a bezel with a tachymetric scale which allows drivers to measure average speeds up to 400 miles per hour.

Daytona ref. 116500LN
The case of the Daytona Reference 116500LN is a 40 mm Oystersteel case with a screw-down triplock winding crown.  The 40 mm looks perfect on Durant's wrist.  The steel case and  oystersteel bracelet made of flat 3-piece links are made from the industrial 904L steel.  

The scratch-resistant sapphire and the waterproofness system provides support of a depth of 330 feet.  The black dial has highly legible Chromalight display and long-lasting blue luminescence on the hour markers and hands. The hour markers are surrounded in steel.

The caliber 4130 has a bidirectional self-winding perpetual rotor, providing a power reserve of up to 72 hours.  The Daytona has an hour, minute and seconds hands, and a small seconds hand at 6 o'clock.  The 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock, and 12-hour counter at 9 o'clock, along with a stop seconds allow for precise time-setting and chronograph functions. 

The Daytona has two pushers, one above and one below the winding crown, which are incredibly durable and accurate. The Daytona is an exquisite timepiece which is certainly not as flashy as some of the gold models worn by LeBron and other players.  It is a precise and powerful tool that can take a beating and could last Durant's lifetime and long after.  

Roger Federer - The "Natural" Ambassador of Rolex

Roger Federer after winning Wimbledon, wearing Rolex Datejust
Roger Federer is a Swiss Tennis player who many consider to be the greatest male tennis player of all time.  He has won more Grand Slam tournament titles (20) than any other men's singles player and he played in 30 Grand Slam finals.  He spent 308 weeks atop of the ATP Rankings, a record in the Open Era.  He also won a record breaking 8 Wimbledon titles. 

Federer has had some of the steepest competition over his years of play, facing tennis greats like Andre Agassi in his early years, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal.  Federer is a popular player, winning several awards for sportsmanship and his humanitarianism. 

Federer has been a long-time ambassador for Rolex, wearing a large amount of beautiful Rolex timepieces over his years of tennis excellence.  Let's delve into his Rolex collection a bit deeper.

Rolex Day-Date
The Rolex Day-Date is the same model worn by Federer in the above Wimbledon Winning picture.  Federer has quite an assortment of Rolexes in his collection.  This is one of the most unique color combinations, with the green Roman Numerals on a grey dial.  The gold hands and gold and steel rolesor band and two-toned case bring together an odd assortment of colorings in my opinion.  However, winning is a style of its own, and none of that seemed to hold Federer down. 
Rolex GMT - Master II "Batman"
The Rolex GMT-Master II is nicknamed the "Batman" for its combination of Black and Blue on its bezel and all black dial.  This is a stunning timepiece and with its steel case and bracelet, it can certainly take a beating.  I specifically love the matching 24 hour hand in blue with the blue bezel.  This timepiece is clearly one of the most useful Rolexes in Federer's collection since he is traveling from his Swiss home to France, England, the US and Australia each year for his many tournaments.  The 2 time zone functionality and the fast hour setting are features which would allow him to stay rooted and yet on time for another dominant performance on the court.
Rolex Presidential Day-Date
This is a very interesting Presidential Day-Date.  Federer clearly enjoys the utility of having both the Day at the 12 o'clock position and the date at 3 o'clock in this Rolex model.  The dark blue hands and Roman numerals have a bright, yet calming appeal on its polished steel case and bracelet.  This is one of 3 timepieces where Federer has opted for the Roman numeral as his hour markers.
Presidential Day-Date
This is the other Presidential Day-Date in Federer's collection.  This time he has a pink (Everose) gold case and band, a fluted bezel and a chocolate colored dial.  I love the combination of pink gold and chocolate dial.  It is as if they were always intended to be together.  On the dial, there are pink gold hour markers with baguette shaped diamonds inside.  This is Federer's most extravagant Rolex since it is the only one with diamonds and obvious gold color.  Although he does own other gold Rolex's, they are white-gold and are less overtly valuable since they can clearly be mistaken for stainless steel.
Rolex Sky-Dweller
Federer seems to really enjoy the Rolex Sky-Dweller.  He has two of them in his collection.  This one uses a white dial and Roman numerals.  Since the Sky-Dweller combines the power of the date function and the dual time zone, it is clearly one of the most useful timepieces for a globetrotter like Federer. 
Rolex Sky-Dweller
This Rolex Sky-Dweller is absolutely stunning.  I love the dark blue with white luminescent hour markers.  The blue color is dazzling and clearly a favorite color of Federer's.  Of this collection at least 4 of these timepieces have a touch or more of the blue coloring.
Rolex Yacht-Master II

The Rolex Yacht-Master II is maybe an odd timepiece to have in Federer's collection.  I am not sure if he owns a Yacht of his own, but clearly this is a beautiful timepiece which combines the Red White and Blue elements in a very diminutive, yet appealing timepiece.  Although most of his selections are useful workhorses, Federer has earned his right to be playful.  This is the 6th Rolex in Federer's collection that utilizes either steel or white-gold as its primary color for the band and case.  Like the rest of the collection, Federer seems to go for 40 mm or greater in size which look exceptional on his fairly large sized wrist. 

Ashton Kutcher's Hip, Yet Nerdy Rolex Collection

Ashton Kutcher wearing Rolex Milgauss white dial: Image from rolexwallpaper.com
Christopher Ashton Kutcher is a highly sought out A-list actor who burst on the stage as a ditsy teenager in That 70s Show.  This established him as a comedic actor and he was quickly added to movies like Dude, Where's My Car, Cheaper by the Dozen and later replaced Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.  He is a former model and has been a successful venture capitalist in several winning companies such as Skype, AirBnB, and Foursquare.  He was married to A-list actress Demi Moore, and later married Mila Kunis.

Although Kutcher has been seen in Baume & Mercer ads promoting their timepieces, he has been seen in public wearing Rolex.  The above white dial Rolex Milgauss is an interesting and hip timepiece.  The Rolex Milgauss 116400 was designed to withstand a 1000 gauss magnetic field - a tradition that was born in 1956 when CERN scientists had issues with watch precision when working near equipment emitting high magnetic energy such as particle accelerators.

The Milgauss 116400 was in production for a reasonably long 10 years, but has since been replaced by a Z-Blue and Black dial versions.  However, the orange lightning bolt remains part of the new Milgauss models.

This hip version has orange hour markers to match the orange lightning bolt.  The 60 seconds markers are notated around the dial in orange notches and numbering.  Interestingly, the orange is the last color the human eye can register before losing consciousness, so it has a practical purpose that could save one's life.  However the orange against the white dial alone provides a youngish appeal. 

The timepiece is waterproof to 300 feet with a twin-lock screw-down crown on its 40mm case.  The timepiece is made from steel and features a 3-piece Oyster link bracelet.  It is powered by an Automatic 3131 movement with a power reserve of 48 hours.

The Black Sea Dweller reference 16600 Ashton Kutcher is wearing has an incredible depth of 4000 feet.  The black case appears almost identical to the newer 116600 released in 2014 with a few exceptions.

Kutcher's Sea Dweller, has a thinner case and thinner lugs.  The bezel has minute markers indicating all of the 60 minutes, rather than just depicting minute markers from 1-15.  The luminescent hour markers are also larger than those on the newer model.

It is powered by a 3135 movement with approx. 50 hours of power reserve.  The black dial is quite impressive with the luminescent hour markers, especially at dark diving depths.  It also has a useful date window at 3 o'clock.

These two Rolex models are probably the two least popular models Kutcher could have invested in.  Whether that was a decision as an investment (as many collectors would advise to do the same), it is hard to tell.  Kutcher's investment prowess would lead me to believe led him to select these two models.

It is possible though that Kutcher likes the underdog, the timepieces least likely to be worn by his costars.  Additionally, Kutcher does have a technical background - having once been hired by Lenovo as an engineer.  It is possible that he chose these two models for their bow to the technical gods - appeasing his inner nerd.  Or maybe there was a combination of factors that led him to these choices.  Regardless, I am quite impressed with this small selection of his collection.

The new Rolex Deepsea timepieces

Rolex Deep Sea Reference 12660
It is easy to overlook the Rolex Deepsea timepiece since we typically talk about the more widely used timepieces such as GMT, Submariner, Day-Date, and Yachtmaster, to name just a few.  However the newly released 2018 versions of this timepiece are worth talking about.  

The dark sea blue to black gradient dial on the 12660 shown above was first launched in 2014 as part of James Cameron and National Geographic Society's combined Deepsea Challenge expedition.  In this expedition, famed director, James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar, descended 35,787 feet to the ocean's deepest point, located in the Mariana Trench.  

The timepice has a 50-minute Cerrachrom insert in black ceramic that allows divers to monitor underwater time and decompression time for safety.  The Deepsea is made of corrosion-resistant ceramic and the black bezel is molded with platinum.  It uses knurled edges offering a better grip for gloved divers wanting to adjust the bezel position.

The crystal is domed 5.5 mm-thick scratch-resistant sapphire.  Although the timepiece accompanied Cameron in his historic dive, it is specifically built to the incredible depths of a third of that depth - an incredible 12,800 feet.  It uses a triplock waterproofness system and a helium escape valve to provide exceptional performance at such incredible pressure and depth. The case is made from a large 44mm Oystersteel with Oystersteel bracelet, and it utilizes a Folding Oysterlock clasp and Glidelock extension system.

The caliber 3235 provides 70 hours of power reserve.  The chromalight hour markers and hour, minute and seconds hands provide long lasting blue luminescence.  The date aperture at 3 o'clock provides accurate date calculation and the high performance Paraflex shock absorbers provide accurate time in challenging situations.  

To the left is the all-black dial version of the same Deepsea timepiece.  All the other powerful features are the same.  

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