A gifted-to-me Polaris 12 hour Karrusel and some questions...

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A gifted-to-me Polaris 12 hour Karrusel and some questions...

Post by AlbertaTime » November 15th 2023, 12:18pm

I have a soft spot for the Polaris Watch and Clock Factory in Yantai, having visited the place twice, once in 2014 (day 2 here) and again in 2015 when I was invited to the 100th Anniversary of the Factory.

Up til today I had two Polaris watches in my collection:

1) A Beijixing...

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...and a commemorative watch from the 100th Anniversary celebration

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The third arrived a couple of days ago. a breathtaking gift from Watchuseek's member "Seele," who obtained the watch back in 2016, and wrote about it in detail, here.

Background:

1) it's #000/1000 on the case back, so that might mean something (I've seen promo pieces, production samples and so on with similar numbering),
2) as Seele described: "the hour dial markers with arabic numerals superimposed on roman is a bit weird, to put it mildly", (see closeups)
3) it's a 12 hour Karrusel (the decorated cage revolves once every twelve hours and acts as the hour of day indicator), and
4) Chascomm noted it's a "2011 PTS Resources catalogue" movement, the "T1206 with second time zone and power-reserve indicator," and
5) the case back indicates "tourbillion" (sic) but it's not a tourbillon, so...?

I'm going to contact Polaris to see if they can shed some light.

Here's my quick and excited photos, with huge thanks to Seele!

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Thanks again to Seele, and it'll be interesting to hear if Polaris can shed some light on this piece.
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Re: A gifted-to-me Polaris 12 hour Karrusel and some questions...

Post by conjurer » November 15th 2023, 1:45pm

https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/cons ... l.4980871/

This looks somewhat similar. I recall this being on ShopNBC in the olde dayes, the Constantin Weisz company being repped by a distressingly gender-fluid fellow named Sasha Heyne. Temerity referred to him as "the Teutonic Turd Burgler," and described him as "the B52's Fred Schneider with St. Vitus Dance."

Interestingly, I've never seen that carousel movement since then, until today with this post. I recall PMing James Elsenor at the old BDWF about it, and he said it was "a very slow tourbillon."
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Re: A gifted-to-me Polaris 12 hour Karrusel and some questions...

Post by AlbertaTime » November 15th 2023, 1:57pm

conjurer wrote:
November 15th 2023, 1:45pm
https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/cons ... l.4980871/

This looks somewhat similar....Interestingly, I've never seen that carousel movement since then, until today with this post. I recall PMing James Elsenor at the old BDWF about it, and he said it was "a very slow tourbillon."
"Very slow" is correct. And I guess it is a tourbillon of sorts--but I think it's not what most folks understand by the term.
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Re: A gifted-to-me Polaris 12 hour Karrusel and some questions...

Post by AlbertaTime » November 15th 2023, 7:55pm

smellody wrote:
November 15th 2023, 2:04pm
Cool watch and very nice gift. What an amazing collection you have Ron!
3Flushes wrote:
November 15th 2023, 5:51pm
Like that dial a lot.
Thank you, both.

It's a neat watch, and I like the dial, too--my biggest criticism is I'd prefer the hour indicator be more prominent on the cage.

As for "amazing," I have to admit--and I've said this before--I'm amazed where my collection has taken me. And I'm amazed at how many wonderful people have helped me and supported me in my madness :-)
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