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The glasses manufacturer American Optical Eyewear laid the groundwork for the US glasses industry in the nineteenth century, and still today produces superior quality, hand-made sunglasses. The company is the oldest sunglasses manufacturer in the world. In 1876, the jeweller William Beecher began producing tinted-lens sunglasses in Southbridge, Massachusetts. After the introduction of lenses with UV protection at the beginning of the twentieth century, he began equipping the US army with AO sunglasses.
The brand became known worldwide when the Original Pilot sunglasses were worn on the Apollo missions and even on the moon. The brand attained more cult status with stars of film and music becoming fans of AO sunglasses. At the cinema, for example, one could admire the Pilot model worn by Robert de Niro in Taxi Driver. Offscreen Johnny Depp wears the historically significant sunglasses.
What's special about AO sunglasses is the authenticity of the models. While most manufacturers follow trends or try to hype up new styles, AO Eyewear has always stayed true to its roots. The two models, Original Pilot and General, have remained the same for decades. More retro appeal and authenticity cannot be found. Next to the unmistakable character and history of the brand, the glasses from AO Eyewear impress with the excellence of their materials and finishing. Performance, durability and maximum protection from UV rays are the distinguishing features of these models.
In the Mister Spex online store you'll find both of the classic American Optical models, in a variety of editions. The Original Pilot is a practical Aviator-style model, kitted out with bayonet earpieces for comfortable wearing – even under a pilot's helmet! The General has classic curved earpieces. Both models are available in three different frame colours and with three lens tints, amber, grey and grey/green. All models can also be ordered with prescription lenses.
Order your new AO sunglasses direct from Mister Spex. It's easy to find out which pair suits you best, with our exclusive Online Fitting Tool. Simple upload a portrait picture and try on whichever glasses you like! When you've found a pair that you want, place your order and Mister Spex will deliver to your door. And just in case you're not 100% satisfied with your new sunglasses, we offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee on all purchases. So there's nothing to worry about when you shop at Mister Spex.
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