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Omega Stories - Omega’s 80s Rebirth - Omega Polaris Titane XL Chrono

  1. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 6, 2022

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  2. Trev The Architect Staff Member Sep 6, 2022

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    Design-wise those quartz models seem particularly interesting, especially considering the prices they're going for. Cheap and iconic style elements to them.
     
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  3. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 6, 2022

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    Yea Marielle saw the Day-Date and Multi-function and want one, I’m more keen on the Titane XL for my jumbo wrists.]

    I should also mention thank you for assistance and photos from @Archer, @Mouse_at_Large and @Tire-comedon as well as the late Chuck Maddox who had some great photos of his example including the only photo of one with the caseback off and movement exposed on his site https://chronomaddox.com
     
  4. Difeer Sep 6, 2022

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    Would love to see one of these in the metal!
     
  5. Paedipod Sep 7, 2022

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    great writeup.....they are a bit special and I was never able to snag one of the chronos so still happy with this one. I think it's around 40 x 11mm
    bracelet is wonderful.
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    I had read somewhere (of course cannot find it now) that the titanium/gold bonding process was problematic.
     
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  6. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 7, 2022

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    Yea I’d be keen to read that, it must have been an issue in the production process because I haven’t seen any with separation issues or missing gold inlays anywhere even among the roughest examples
     
  7. Kaunos Feb 23, 2023

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    I read your piece on the Polaris XL Chronographs. I learnt a lot, many thanks for publishing the results of your valuable investigations. I would like to point out that the dial of 5894.40.00 can be found on 5890.40.00. They were originally produced like that, it is not the result of a dial change. The evidence for this is a 5890.40.00 that I directly purchased from its owner who never had it serviced, let alone had the dial changed! There are also promotional pictures from the 1990's showing this dial swap. Perhaps the reason is that some 5894.40.00 were fitted with gold and titanium bracelets ?
     
  8. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Feb 23, 2023

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    Yea I mentioned the transitional version after the two references that’s definitely legit
     
  9. Kaunos Feb 23, 2023

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    There seems to be a misunderstanding here because in your paper you do mention a transitional version (the Chuck Maddox one) that is an all-titanium bracelet with an older dial painted-logo (meant for the gold-titanium version). What I am trying to say is that there are gold-titanium versions with the NEW applied-logo dial and graduated bezel.
     
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  10. Kaunos Feb 23, 2023

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    As in here, lower right, which is a 5890.40 with the NEW applied-logo dial and graduated bezel:
     
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  11. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Feb 23, 2023

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    Ok I follow what you’re saying now, that’s actually rather interesting, is that photo above a period brochure? Do you have some more of it, I just want to make sure and find out a bit more before editing. The dial swap in service was definitely something I figured would be possible but if the combination is actually seen in promotional materials too on new watches that would indicate that they were a bit loose with which dial was used on which watch.

    I’m fairly sure the reference number is specific to the case and bracelet combination and doesn’t really factor in the dial so I’d say they would indeed be late production 5890.40.00 models with the updated dial in which case I’ll have to add it as a second transitional possibility.
     
  12. Kaunos Mar 31, 2023

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    Sorry it took so long but I was sent the pictures of the official Omega leaflet only today. The leaflet is dated on the back cover (small vertical prints) to 1998 with the Omega web address, which looks a very early internet address to me given that it was 25 years ago ! Here are the pictures: first the cover, the second picture is the inside with pages 2 and 3, the last picture is the back cover. IMG_20230331_172137.jpg IMG_20230331_172151.jpg IMG_20230331_172206.jpg
     
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