When Phil “Lefty” Mickelson made the walk to the 18th green at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, he was making history – and the crowd knew it. A literal ocean of humans gathered around to bear witness. With a two-putt finish, Mickelson – at 50 years, 11 months, and eight days – became the oldest player ever to win a major championship (his 6th overall), and he did it wearing a luxury copy watch you’d never expect.
On his wrist for the winning putt was a throwback watch – a white dial fake Rolex Cellini from the late 90s/early 2000s on a brown leather strap. Mickelson wearing a Rolex isn’t news (he’s a brand ambassador) and a Cellini is also par for the course as he’s been known to sport various models on leather straps – save for the occasional rose gold Yacht-Master. But this watch is different. And Mickelson didn’t just wear this older model to hold the trophy – he played in it.
The white gold case copy Rolex watch appears to be a reference 4233, white dial variant, in 18k white gold, with an Arabic numeral dial. At 34mm, it’s on the smaller side but white dials always wear larger. The concentric dial configuration is reminiscent of mid-2000s Rolex Datejust design and really dresses down the watch. This is not a watch we see every day, and it must have particular significance to Mickelson since golfers typically wear current-production watches.
If this Rolex Cellini fake with brown leather strap is some kind of good luck charm for him, it performed admirably this weekend. It feels extra special when the greats win – like Tiger did at the Masters in 2019. It feels even better when there’s a special watch along for the ride. Great choice, Phil.