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Romain Jerome Space Invaders limited edition watches

by Michael Weare
24 June, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Romain Jerome Space Invaders

We’re back in space again for another interesting new novelty watch. It was never involved in the space race, but truly Space Invaders did very nearly succeed in taking over the planet because every dad and his son used to play the game for hours on end in the 70s and 80s.

Apollo 11 space capsule fragments

Romain Jerome Space Invaders night version

From the man who brought you the Titanic DNA with genuine rust scrapings from the Titanic, Romain Jerome now gives you Space Invaders watches which contain tiny little fragments from the Apollo 11 space capsule.

In agreement with Taito Corporation, RJ-Romain Jerome is paying tribute to late-20th century pop culture by launching a double limited-edition of Space Invaders watches.

The two 78-piece limited series (a tribute to the year they were launched, 1978) are distinguished by their dial. One is composed of three layers of pixelated and shotpeened dies (don’t ask) featuring hand-drawn file strokes. The 3.5 mm-sized Space Invaders are lacquered in different colours (the day version) or coated with Superluminova (the night version), each is individually machined and hand-applied.

The case, in black PVD stainless steel, measures 46mm. It has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 30 metres – but that’s of no interest to true game buffs because they never go anywhere near water.

Lunar module style feet

Lunar module style feet on case

The four ball-and-socket joints on the rounded squares of the case are styled to look like the pivoting feet of the lunar landing modules of the American lunar missions.

These extremely sophisticated components mounted on axles anchored in the case hold the lugs of the rubber straps and enable the watch to adjust to all kinds of wrist sizes.

The movement is the Swiss automatic Romain Jerome calibre RJ001-A with 23 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours.

The two limited edition watches are likely to cost between $10,000 – $15,000.

The Atari Games Console

Atari set

As for Space Invaders, they were played on the Atari games console pictured. Charmingly, the faux wood console would match the wooden frame of your TV set so that it would not look incongruous. Space Invaders is the pre cursor to all the video games that ultimately sounded the death knell for the cut and thrust of modern living room parlance. I should know, I was there!

Space Invaders cap

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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