The U.S. military commissioned the first pair of aviator sunglasses in 1935. Six years later, the iconic teardrop shape was developed to more thoroughly protect the eyes of pilots and sailors. The military-style sunglasses became available to civilians after WWII, and they quickly gained popularity, becoming a favorite design of presidents, celebrities, and fashionistas.
Similar to the original military sunglasses, the Randolph Aviator 50th Anniversary Edition Collector’s Box Set contains the Randolph 50th Anniversary Aviator that features a head-turning 23k gold jewelry-quality finish frame and Randolph’s American Gray lens, originally designed for military pilots. Also, inside the box are collector’s pins, a travel journal, a cognac case with gold accents, and a 50th-anniversary cleaning cloth.
The aviators feature SkyTec™ glass polarized lenses featuring Vector™ anti-reflective and anti-blue light technology. The Sky Ivory and black Mazzuccheli temple tips add a stylish, sophisticated, and comfortable flair.
These limited-edition aviators from Randolph Engineering start at $499 and are another example of the company’s commitment to creating quality, practical, fashion-forward sunglasses. They’re available in three fits; 52mm, 55mm, and 58mm. The lenses are also available in a non-polarized version.
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