If Sunglasses are Good Enough for the Moon, They're Good Enough for Your Face

By Michael Hession on at

See those glasses in Buzz Aldrin's left hand? They're not Ray Bans, they're American Optical Pilots. These American shades—not some Italian-crafted designer ones—are the glasses that went with Neil and Buzz to the lunar surface on Apollo 11.

The Original Pilot has been manufactured in Massachusetts since 1958, remaining a favourite amongst pilots. You can get them in various combinations of glass or polycarbonate lenses, frame finishes, and temple styles, but the formula remains the same: high-quality optics, sturdy metal frames, and timeless design. It's these qualities that earned them a spot on Apollo 11 and a permanent display case in the Smithsonian. Own a piece of history starting at £26. [Optics Planet via Gear Patrol]

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