Watchuseek Blog

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Steampunk diver: RJ-Romain Jerome Octopus

Romain Jerome’s Titanic-DNA collection, which successfully captured the imagination for exploring the ocean depths in dashing steampunk style, now introduces its first diver’s watch capable of safely accompanying explorers into the depths.

Named The Octopus after the ocean giant that became a powerful symbol in Jules Verne’s famous novel Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, the watch features two crowns, one at 9 o’clock to set the watch and a second one at 3 o’clock for the elapsed time controller. The Octopus comes equipped with an exclusive internal unidirectional rotating sapphire bezel system featuring engraved five-minute graduations. The chapter ring’s markers are enhanced with Superluminova “blue emission“ in order to ensure maximum visibility underwater, and the hands are also luminescent.

Every detail of the watch is said to reflect the number eight, a hint to the number of legs of the Octopus and a lucky number in some cultures. There are eight octagon head screws on the 45mm case as well as on the back of the watch which is stamped by a hand-engraved octopus. The two screw-locked crowns are adorned with eight rivets and guarantee a water resistance of 888 feet (270 metres) for each model limited to 888 pieces.

As with other watches in the Titanic-DNA collection, the notched bezel contains oxidised and stabilised steel taken directly from the Titanic. The dial carries the signature large X-shaped intersection found on dials in the RJ-Romain Jerome collections, with its carefully satin-brushed traverse struts and paws.

For underwater sports devotees, it's the cross of St. Andrew’s flag (without the blue colour) which indicates the presence of divers practicing. Another detail of this watch full of references, the interior of the black rubber strap features suction cups rather like the ones found on the tentacles of an octopus.

The rugged appearance of the Octopus comes in three different versions: steel, black PVD-coated steel and black PVD-coated steel with red gold. The watch is already on sale at all RJ-Romain Jerome authorised retailers.

Visit the Romain Jerome site


Grand Prize Winner to Receive Trip to F1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas

Casio America, Inc., a proud sponsor of Red Bull Racing, is pleased to announce a promotion on its Edifice Facebook page, offering car enthusiasts the chance to win a Formula 1™ prize package. One lucky winner will win a pair of tickets to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, held November 16-18, 2012, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The prize package also includes airfare for two and hotel accommodations. The promotion, currently underway, will end on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.

Formula 1 is considered the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world. The Circuit of the Americas, where the event will be held, features a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track, and is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S.

“As a result of designing our EDIFICE collection of timepieces with motorsports in mind and our sponsorship of Red Bull Racing, we feel this promotion is a natural fit for us. We look forward to ending this year’s F1 season by awarding one lucky racing enthusiast and a guest the trip of a lifetime.” Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio America, Inc.

Individuals eighteen (18) years or older can enter by visiting Casio’s EDIFICE website or official Facebook page and filling out the required fields. A winner will be selected and announced on or about Friday November 2nd, 2012.

For additional information or to enter, please visit

*No purchase or payment necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C. (excluding Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all other U.S. territories and possessions), 18 or older. Begins October 11, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. EST, ends November 2nd, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Void in Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all other U.S. territories and possessions and where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules.

Featured watch brands

Casio Edifice

Blog archive

RSS feeds

Watchuseek sponsors