Rolex Celebrates 40 Years of The Explorer II

New Rolex Explorer II by Eric J. von Hofen

New Rolex Explorer II Watch


Rolex has done it again…they have designed another instant classic. The new Stainless Steel Explorer II Oyster is bigger and bolder than its 40 year old cousin. This new classic watch has increased the case size from 40 mm to 42 mm with the same scratch proof Sapphire Crystal that looks like a picture window. The dials come in Black or White and that is it. The new Explorer II boasts a stunning orange 24-hour hand that jumps out at you when you see it in person. The old Explorer had a red 24-hour hand which looks great with a white dial. Rolex does not make the 40 mm size anymore so hold on to one if you have it.

New Rolex Explorer II next to the old Explorer II by Eric J. von Hofen

New Rolex Explorer II next to the old Explorer II


This picture shows just how much bigger the new watch is. Its bigger and more expensive, if you can find one. The new Explorer costs around $8,000 which is $1,500 more than its older cousin. Rolex has controlled the release of this new watch with the same precision it takes to build one. Thousands of people bought and paid for their new watches and walked out of the store empty-handed. Rolex released and shipped all of the purchased watches at the same time around the world in early October. They used this tactic to prevent the second-hand market from ruining the demand and pricing of this instant classic. Now that Tiger Woods is back on the payroll at Rolex, I’m sure this is what he will be wearing off of the links. For more history and fun facts on Rolex watches stop by Jakes Rolex World. Its the best Rolex site I have ever seen. Check it out.

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Turfunderground’s Top 5 Golf Predictions for 2011


I gave this a ton of thought and really think I hit the mark.  You probably thought I was going to predict easy stuff,  like who was going to win the Open or the Master’s.  Well not today.   Today I went after bigger targets, and below are my top 5 predictions sure to take place in 2011.

1. Tiger Woods takes over for David Fay at the USGA. He moves the USGA headquarters to Jupiter, Florida.
2. The PGA of America announces that they will hold the 2017 PGA Championship in the State of Florida. They will move the event to mid April, so it will not be during hurricane season.
3. More golf courses are opened rather than closed in the United States.
4. Titleist is purchased by Dubai World. Headquarters is moved to Abu Dhabi and all golf balls will have a picture of The Burj Khalifa on them, the tallest building in the world.
5. The PGA TOUR drops it’s no camera and cell phone policy for patrons and players. They just request you turn off the flash. Tour players Daly, Casey, Westwood, Mahan, McDowell, Watson, Cink and Poulter all love the change and tweet their entire rounds. They each pick up 1,000,000 followers on Twitter the first day.

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Is Tiger Woods, and golfers worldwide, ready to start playing again?

This week Tiger Woods is playing in the Masters in the land down under and he is not ranked #1. What can we expect out of him? A year ago this week, in the same land down under of Australia, both his perfect world and his perfect golf game started to come undone. He said in a press conference today that he is ready to start playing again. I’ve heard that same sentiment echoed repeatedly over the last week, not just from Tiger Woods, but from members as well. They are telling me they are happy about the outcome of the elections last week, the stock market is at a two year high and they want to play more golf this year. I think the world is realizing that we are all not going to fall off a cliff and the markets are not going to zero. I can see business improving at the country club by the amount of members hanging out and enjoying themselves. We have a member/member tournament this week and the field is sold out. Tonight, South Beach hot spots such as Joe’s Stone Crab and Prime 112 have a 2 hour wait for a table, and the streets are packed with vacationers from around the world. It’s hard to believe that there is a 9.5% unemployment rate in the US. Sure doesn’t feel like it. Maybe we have turned the corner, and maybe Tiger might just surprise us with a win this week.

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