mens : 1960s : k5417
product code : k5417 : £ 365
  • 1950s/60s grey plastic frame marked AMERICAN OPTICAL
    and TRUE COLOR CN25-51

  • Original AO True Color grey glass lenses

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  • Popular 50's shape from American Optical, very similar to

    (and obviously competing with) Ray-Ban's Wayfarer of the

    same period. AO's sunglasses sales reached an all time

    high in 1956, no doubt due to styles like this one. Here is

    this pair
    in their 1956 catalogue when it was simply called

    the C-25. From 1958 it was also made with these grey True

    Color
    lenses and later they added the name, Saratoga and

    it continued to be made into the 1960's. This is the large size

    with the 51mm lenses. This model has become incredibly

    popular since it has been identified as one of the sunglasses

    worn by JFK. This pair could have been made from 1958

    until about 1963, the period he wore them. In 1963 AO

    followed Ray-Ban's footsteps and moved from identifying

    their sunglasses as merely code numbers to names and

    this pair, the C25 became Saratoga, which is how it is

    popularly known today as more of the later ones are found.

    This however is the rarer pre-Saratoga denomination.

    FYI: in 2010 we supplied the multi-emmy award- winning

    The Kennedy's mini-series with some original Saratoga's -

    the same as this pair, but in tortoise - you can read about

    it on our media page. BONUS: one for the ladies! Check

    out Clint Eastwood in Saratoga, c1956.

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