Maybe the more experienced members can help me answer this question. When I first began buying Oakleys, I happened to buy an R1 that was an, "X-metal" nose/centre piece, with plasma/ or titanium orbitals and hammerstems again in x metal. The nose piece is serialised and in all other respects ( weight, metal, durability ) the complete unit is genuine Oakley. Questions: 1. Were the R1 ever released from Oakley like this? As far as I have read, the answer is, "No", but,..?!?! 2. What would be the indications that they may be counterfeit? I consider that I've examined them in all the usual and relevant ways,...but,...there may be something that I have missed. 3. Is there a forum member with the matching, counterpart R1s? Picture: The pair in question is the pair in the middle of the other two, with the black lenses. If you look closely, you might notice the difference in the frame pieces. I would be grateful for some guidance?