What are aviator sunglasses really, and when did they first come into vogue? To answer this question we first take a quick look at the dictionary, and here is what we find:
“aviator” – the operator or pilot of an aircraft and especially an airplane [first known use: 1868]
“sunglasses” – glasses to protect the eyes from the sun [first known use: 1804]”
So “aviator sunglasses” are, by definition, glasses to protect the eyes of the operator or pilot of an aircraft.
Americans have long been fans of aviator style sunglasses and remain enthused by them to this day.
In fact, aviator sunglasses have been a staple since 1929 when Sam Foster sold the first pair of aviator style sunglasses at Woolworth’s on the Atlantic City boardwalk.
Aviator sunglasses like the ones in the picture on the left which are Randolph Aviator Sunglasses.
Serengeti Sunglasses are best known for their photochromic lenses which darken in bright sunlight and the lighten in low sunlight.
In 1982 Corning Inc. began making their premium line of sunglasses with their famous “Drivers Gradient” lenses.
But Corning did not find the new line of sunglasses readily accepted by consumers and from 1982 to 1993 struggled with the brand.
In 2000 Bushnell acquired the Serengeti Sunglasses line which has become very popular with eye care specialists, sport enthusiasts and pilots.
The spectral control technology in Serengeti sunglasses selectively filters light similar to the way a camera lens does.
The result is that Serengeti lenses filter out harmful “Blue Light” which reduces retinal glare and enhances contrast.
When it comes to polarized sunglasses it is hard to beat the Serengeti technology that reacts to glare much like a microscopic venetian blind.
The ultra light glass lenses used in Serengeti Sunglasses are tempered to ensure scratch and impact resistance, then ground to a perfect distortion free lens.
And for those who love to drive performance cars the amber colored Drivers Gradient lenses enhance contrast while darkening and lightening as you drive through changing light conditions.
Today Serengeti Sunglasses are considered to be among the very best in the world.
On the right you see a pilot wearing a pair of Brando Serengeti Aviator Sunglasses.
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AO Eyewear was formed in 2005 as the American Optical Company was being broken up and sold off in pieces. It remains in Southbridge, MA near the original American Optical plant campus.
American Optical was a prime contractor for the US Department of Defense for many years, and it’s sunglasses were worn by astronauts and even traveled to the moon!
In recent years AO Eyewear has brought production of their sunglasses back to the United States and there has been a dramatic improvement in the quality of their products.
Recently they revised their packaging to include a very nice soft snap-top carrying case.
On the left you can see what a pair of Original Pilot sunglasses look like.