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1960s Sunfarer by AMERICAN OPTICAL (USA) KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear


Perhaps AO's success when 'Saratoga' was endorsed by the POTUS

who also competed with the FLOTUS in the sunglasses stakes,

turned them in 1964 to thoughts of couples: so 'Sunfarer' was their

men's design, to the women's 'Sunmate'. AO names at this time were

derived from yachting and boating, and perhaps this too was a nod to

the sailing Kennedy couple. They probably also had an eye on Bausch

& Lomb's 'Wayfarer' - but this design is firmly in the 1960's and very

much inspired by European styling. Modern, bolder and more masculine,

the black acetate emphasises the angular shaping, mitred and notched,

deep at the front and down those dagger arms. Simple, small two-dot

rivets do not detract outside and inside, those AO Red-Dot screw

hinges ensure this substantial design is well-anchored. Lenses are

our new version of the original 'True Color' grey which had seen

a tad too much sunfaring. Man Overboard!

                                                                  — klasik
product code : k5372 : £ 195

1960s black plastic frame marked SUNFARER and

New replacement mineral glass grey lenses


lenses : new - 10

frame : very good

fit : very good


face : 142mm

lens width : 56mm

lens height : 40mm

arms : 145mm

lens spec

uv transmission % : 1

light transmission (LTF) % : 15

uv protection y/n : y