mens : 1960s : k5512
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product code : k5512 : £ 185

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  • Say hello to 'Helios' - a frame made by Helmecke for Carl Zeiss' Umbral

    sunglasses and launched in 1963*. All elements in this top quality sunglasses

    line were made and assembled in Germany, and then imported and distributed

    by their exclusive agent in London. Helmecke made outstanding optical frames,

    so were a natural fit for Zeiss' ground glass tinted sunglass lenses made in their

    West German factory. Zeiss recognised that very few could afford their sunglasses

    in Britain in the 1960's - Helios cost a hefty 86s in 1965 - so they concentrated

    on creating a small, elite collection of just a few designs. A sort of capsule

    sunglass wardrobe of exceptional quality for the wealthy man, who could

    initially choose between just brown or black for the frame, and either 85%

    abs brown tint lenses or the paler 65% abs. These are the darker 85% Umbrals

    and we also have this lens in the black frame - click here to view/buy.

    We also have 'Helios' in our original 1968 Zeiss catalogue - but note that it was

    only available in a black frame by then, making the brown even more desirable

    today, if that is your choice. Britain was Zeiss' dedicated market but these men's

    sunglasses were few and expensive - hence we do not find many. We are pleased

    then to offer these two 'Helios' examples, the other one in black and this one in their rare

    translucent brown acetate that seem so right with the warm, rich "sherry" tint Umbral

    lenses. Imagine driving off in your E-type, or Jensen or maybe your Mercedes in these

    superlative 1960's men's European sunglasses.

    * We don't have an archive photo until 1965, but for sticklers, expect they were the
    same from 1963-65.


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