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We can date this pair between 1958 - when AO first designed

the now classic aviator - and about 1968 when the amount of

gold in the frames was reduced by half. (It is the high gold

content that has kept it looking like new 50+ years on.) Besides

being military issue, look for this pair in many war films,

particularly Apocalypse Now (1979), spotted worn on the boat

during the waterskiing scene
- and non-war films, eg. worn by

RDN as Viet Nam vet Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976). This

pair in very good condition, considering the vintage. The lenses

possibly didn't see any action in Viet Nam: they are in such good

condition. They are the original AO True Color lenses which were

advertised as blocking out all harmful uv rays as well as offering

no distortion to colours. The name was chosen by AO because

neutral grey is the best tint for colour perception, and the closest

therefore to natural vision in a sunglass. Polished optical glass is

also important as besides performance, these lenses feel right and

look right with the period, glowing, gold-filled frame.

                                                                  — klasik
product code : k5373 : £ 215

1950s-60s US military issue gold-fill pilot sunglasses
marked AMERICAN OPTICAL and 1/10 12KGF

Original AO True Color grey mineral glass lenses


lenses : excellent - 9

frame : very good

fit : very good


face : 135mm

lens width : 52mm

lens height : 41mm

arms : 140mm

lens spec

uv transmission % : 2

light transmission (LTF) % : 15

uv protection y/n : y