We know Gérald Genta as the designer of a string of watches that defined the watch industry as we know it today. One of his less popular designs is the replica Omega Seamaster Polaris. It is a watch that screams that it is from the 1980s. Genta designed the top quality Omega Seamaster Polaris fake watch with quite a few familiar characteristics we know from his other designs. The contrast between round and angled shapes, an integrated bracelet, and a slim profile are familiar Genta tropes.
The first Polaris was released in 1982 in a titanium and gold version that featured an ETA 1420 quartz movement. The poster boy for the fake Omega Seamaster Polaris for men was tennis star (and one of my childhood heroes) John McEnroe. I wrote an article on vintage Omega ads where you can see the excellent ad Omega made with McEnroe. Fun fact is that in their ads, Omega named the watch the Omega Titanium. Later, Omega also released versions in a combination of stainless steel and gold.
Although the Polaris was mainly available as a quartz watch — including a brilliant digital/analog hybrid — there are later versions that feature a mechanical movement. The main feature of the quartz movement Omega replica watch that still has people talking is the gold inlay. How Omega was able to produce a titanium case with a 2mm thick gold inlay is still one of the industry’s secrets. The Seamaster P.O. was part of the Omega collection until 1993 when Omega introduced the Seamaster Professional 300M. The Polaris doesn’t get a prize for being a timeless classic, but it does compete for the most recognizable ’80s watch design.