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  1. Ben G

    Ben G Oakley Enthusiast

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    I know there is a well documented variation in Ruby lenses, old & new +red, but is there with Ice?

    Basically I have 3 Penny's and 1 Juliet that have ice lenses, but 1 pair of the Pennies lenses are blatantly lighter. The serial on the frame they came in had the PI serial & all the unobtainium was original and I can't notice any difference through them, but I wanted to check whether this is common or these could be aftermarket?

    I've fitted one of each in my polished frames (with linegear rubber) for comparison..

    Is there much variation with Ice Iridium? - image.jpg
    Is there much variation with Ice Iridium? - image.jpg
    Is there much variation with Ice Iridium? - image.jpg


    It's funny as the lighter set does kinda look like sapphire, though I plan on getting some cut for these frames anyway :)


    Cheers
     
    Last edited: 7/28/15
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  2. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Generally Ice is pretty consistent. I do have one set of Juliet Ice polar that's a little more richer blue than normal, though, so I guess it's not unheard of. Haven't seen that big of a variance before, though.
     
  3. Ben G

    Ben G Oakley Enthusiast

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    Hmm, might be aftermarket then? My other theory (although clutching at straws here) is that this lighter pair came from Spain and the bridge was very loose, so I'm assume spent a lot of time in direct sunlight, could that fade out the Irridium? Though the various photos of the guys from the hotter US states & Oz I see on here suggests that doesn't really happen, lol
     
  4. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    I've never heard of iridium fading.

    Since Oakley doesn't make any markings on lenses to distinguish OEM from aftermarket, it can be hard to tell sometimes. One common comparison is to look at the lens thickness; aftermarkets are often thinner. Also compare the base tint; is it the same grey?
     
  5. OakleyTrader15

    OakleyTrader15 Oakley Collector

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    That really does look like Sapphire.. Which looks likes the older Water lens from the Revo products....
    Cool looking lenses
     
  6. lee.s.b

    lee.s.b Oakley Enthusiast

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    I've just had a look at my gen1 juliets and if anything they are closer to the lighter shade that you have.
    Not quite as washed out looking but nowhere near as blue as the darker lens you have.
     
  7. Ben G

    Ben G Oakley Enthusiast

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    Hmm, even more confusing then, lol. It's not a major thing, I'm just intrigued, the more you know and all that :)

    I measured the lenses and they both appear to be an identical thickness (1.6mm and the 'fat' end, 1.3mm at the 'thin' end) and although looking through them whilst wearing didn't yield much difference (they both look like the same grey base to my eyes) when held up to the light, there does appear a slight difference..

    (The lighter one is in the frame)

    Is there much variation with Ice Iridium? - image.jpg
    Is there much variation with Ice Iridium? - image.jpg
    Is there much variation with Ice Iridium? - image.jpg

    Ah well, it's a little oakley mystery :)
     
  8. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Look legit.
     
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  9. Ben G

    Ben G Oakley Enthusiast

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    Cool, nice to have something just a little different every now and then :)
     
  10. BHarry

    BHarry The Eclectic Collector

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    I'd say you are good, the fact they have two different tapered edge thickness that match OEM would make me believe they have the same XYZ optics and are most likely OEM. I haven't seen any Ice that color either, but I don't have any first gen X-metals with Ice...