mens : 1960s : k5449
product code : k5449 : £ 345
  • 1960's back plastic frame marked AMERICAN OPTICAL

  • 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 looks to be made around the

    time he wore them and is in their Onyx colour.

    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.

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