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1940's American Optical Aviator Sunglasses

Vintage American Optical Aviator Sunglasses

Always classic and always cool, aviator sunglasses are a true classic that never goes out of style. Originally developed for the U.S. Military in the 1930's this style remains functional and fitting for almost any outfit and social setting... Before Tom Cruise wore them in Top Gun real deal heroes like General Douglas MacArthur adopted the Aviator into their functional and enduring style. The example we are offering here is no exception... These Aviator sunglasses are the real deal as this specific example is from the late 1930's-early 1940's. These guys are not your average run of the mill pair of aviators. Built from solid brass with actual mineral glass lenses they are sure to be an heirloom and most definitely a conversation starter as they possess the vibe, style, and patina we so dearly love here at Craft and Tailored. 

Wear them while riding your vintage Triumph through the canyons, or wear them with a sports coat and loafers for a perennially stylish look... 



Stock #



American Optical


Vintage Aviator Sunglasses





Brass, Celluloid, Mineral Glass Lens


Brass frames, Green Tint Lens, Celluloid Bridge Bar & Nose Pieces



Aviator sunglasses were originally designed for the U.S. military in the 1930's in an effort to help flyers deal with the sun while operating aircraft in flight. The original design like the example we are offering here came with a G-15 tempered mineral glass lens configuration and flexible cable hook temples that hook behind the ears for secure fitment.

This specific example of vintage aviator glasses dates to the late 1940's and are in fully restored condition.  The glasses come complete with the original American Optical folding metal case and the green lenses are made out of G-15 mineral glass and are free from any blemishes or scratches. The nose pieces are made of celluloid which is era correct for this rare and always classic pair of aviator sunglasses.


Sunglass Sizing

(A)Temple to Temple: 13.5cm (Med)

(B) Bridge Width: 2.5cm (Adjustable)

(C) Lens Height: 5.5cm

(D) Lens Width: 5.75cm