American Optical

American Optical General Sunglasses

General Douglas MacArthur with aviator style glasses and his signature corncob pipe in the Philippines in 1945.

General Douglas MacArthur wears aviator style glasses with his signature corncob pipe in the Philippines in 1945.

Much like the Original Pilot, American Optical's General sunglasses are produced to military specifications and were designed to provide pilots with maximum protection, performance and comfort.  The General style's rounded lenses make them extremely versatile and universally flattering.  

We've selected our favorite versions of this classic style for you - All with real glass lenses and the clear spatula temple.  Choose from gold or silver frames and brown or green glass to customize your pair.  


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American Optical


American Optical Original Pilot 




Brass, Celluloid, Mineral Glass Lens


Brass/Silver frames, Green/Brown Tint Lens



Engineered to rigid military spec and issued to millions of U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen since 1958, these are the sunglasses that put American Optical on the map. The American Optical Original Pilot has been a favorite of U.S. military pilots for more than 50 years.

The frames are made from solid brass in either 14k gold or chrome, and the lens is made from tinted mineral glass and is scratch resistant in either Cosmetan® Brown Glass or classic Calobar® Green Glass. The lens offers 98% UVA/100% UVB protection.


Sunglass Sizing

(A)Temple to Temple: 137mm (Med)

(B) Bridge Width: 20mm (Adjustable)

(C) Lens Height: 44.1mm

(D) Lens Width: 54mm