The John McEnroe Lefty Challenge

John McEnroe Rolex Custom

Prelude

An incomparable game, a unique style; John McEnroe is an iconoclastic personality. A legend in the history of tennis. This incredible champion has offered us one of the greatest challenges: to make a skeleton version of his Submariner Date.
This personalization has been requested by a private customer. It is a sample of our know-how and of the personalization services made upon request of our customers. If you would like to customize your timepiece in the same way or following your wishes, please contact us. Please note that due to the limited capacity of our workshops, we are not able to satisfy every demands so please accept our apologies in advance.

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John McEnroe watch close-up

John McEnroe’s
Specifications

Technical sheet

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Base
Rolex® 116610
Bezel
Unidirectional steel, tungsten insert
Dial
Skeletonized, black index, Luminova
Hands
Black Regate, sandblasted and polished
Rotor
Tungsten engraved with “John McEnroe”
Movement
Modified 3135 Caliber, skeletonized and beveled
Balance bridge
Handmade, extra-fine, flat- polished
Date disc
Sapphire
Ratchet
“In-House” beveled, circular polishing
Back
Sapphire crystal
Polishing
Hand polishing
Water resistance
300m waterproof
Diameter
40mm
Side profil The John McEnroe Lefty Challenge
John McEnroe wanted his watch to have a modern and elegant look, full of finesse. Extremely technical and audacious, The John McEnroe Challenge is characterized by an entirely skeletonized movement, graphic lines, and monochromes tones. A distinctive feature of this unique timepiece, the crown has been repositioned to the left, so that John “Lefty” can continue to wear it during his games without risking injury.

Mechanical
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Lefty

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Modifications

Focus

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The Bezel

The steel bezel displays a tungsten insert for a perfect harmony.
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The Date disc

The original date disc has been replaced by a polished sapphire piece enriched by the transferring. An extremely meticulous work requiring a perfect balance between know-how and technicality.
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The Case

The horns of the case are angled at 45 degrees, the bevels are polished while the band is satin-finished. The bottom of the case is sandblasted. An elegant and delicate work magnifying each element.
Date Disc Submariner Date

John McEnroe’s
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“I am a collector, timepieces have always been a source of pleasure for me. My watch had to be above all beautiful, very beautiful, elegant and modern at the same time. I like to be on time, I don’t want to be late with a watch like this, you don’t have any excuses”
John McEnroe
Portrait of John McEnroe
John McEnroe black suit
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The 3135 movement was reworked entirely with extreme precision. The skeleton is cut, beveled and finished by hand. We have added under the date window a luminescence material: luminova to allow a precise reading of time in the dark. Engineering work of art that required hundreds of hours of work to maintain the technical and functional features of the original version while offering a unique aesthetic.

Skeleton 3135
Movement

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John McEnroe Lefty Challenge watch on clay court

The Craftsmen’s
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“My father was a great admirer of John McEnroe. He didn’t miss any of his games. All my childhood, I was surrounded by this passion. His personality, immense talent and character have been as much a source of inspiration as his ongoing quest for perfection. Thank you, dad.”
John Isaac. Creative Director
Dial John McEnroe Lefty Challenge
John McEnroe wearing his custom watch