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Auction of Romain Jerome Titanic watch should be attractive to historians of sunken ships

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Fellows is offering the chance to acquire a piece of history relating to two sunken ships at the same time.

A limited edition Romain Jerome watch, made using steel from the Titanic, is going under the hammer at Fellows Luxury Watch Sale taking place online and in Birmingham on October 26.

Not only would the purchaser being acquiring a timepiece linked to the stricken liner, it will also own a watch from Romain Jerome, which changed its name to RJ, before sinking into administration earlier this year.

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Romain Jerome made the watch in 2012, 100 years after the Titanic sank. The company purchased a piece of the Titanic’s hull weighing about 1.5 kg that was retrieved in 1991, and used parts of the metal to construct the watches.

Fellows has given the watch a pre-sale estimate of £3,600 to £5,600.

The bi-colour gentleman’s Titanic-DNA Steampunk Auto features a medallion on the back depicting the Titanic, with the words “made from parts of the Titanic, tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, 1912-2012”, included.

As well as metal from the ship itself, the watch is also fused with metal from Harland & Wolff shipyards, where the gigantic ship was built. Built into the dial are roman numerals marking the 6 and 12 o clock points.

The watch has a PVD-coated stainless steel case with a stabilised rusted steel bezel. It contains a reference RJTAUSP002, serial 21116, and an automatic movement.

“We are proud to showcase this alluring Romain Jerome watch which is one of the most interesting timepieces we’ve ever had go under the hammer. From watches containing the world’s oldest rum, to historic military items dating back to the Second World War, you never know what our auctions will conjure up which makes items like these so much more exciting when they come through the door. The Titanic disaster was a poignant moment in history and the events are known around the world. The release of these watches on the 100th anniversary was the perfect homage to the tragedy on 15th April 1912,” says Laura Bishop, watch manager at Fellows Auctioneers.

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