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Vintage Eyeglasses

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Matt Deckard, May 5, 2005.

  1. Short Balding Guy

    Short Balding Guy I'll Lock Up

    Twin Cities, MN USA
    Congrats. The frames are dynamite.
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  2. Stringmaster

    Stringmaster One of the Regulars

    Any idea who made Roy's glasses? They appear to be a grey tortoise and metal frame. I dig 'em!
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  3. Retromoto

    Retromoto One of the Regulars

    Pretty neat, As they don't seem to fit his face(ears) well, perhaps a recycled item he had lens made to suit his prescription.
  4. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    London, UK
    Agreed. If you intend to wear original aviators, carefully remove and store the original lenses and have them fitted with modern ones (rx prescription or otherwise, as needed) - don't take risks with your eyesight for the sake of an authenticity that many might not even notice if they handled them. THis is easier, of course, with designes like Aviators where you don't have to heat plastic frames to fit lenses (one reason I have tended to prefer browlines for many years is that they can keep being re-lensed for a long time).
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  5. Royohboy

    Royohboy New in Town

    Thanks for the input, guys! The reason I asked was that a friend of mine really hurt her eyes last summer with those super-cool holy-grail vintage 1960s shades; for some reason I was hoping that glass lenses vs. plastic might make a difference.

    BTW, I found out an easy (but very, very inexact) way to test for UV protection: Shine a UV pen light through the lens and onto a scrawl made with a UV ink pen. The more the scrawl is visible, the less the UV protection of your shades. This will, of course, only give you a very rough idea.

    It only gives you a _very_ rough idea, but by testing against a known pair of quality sunglasses I found out that most of my vintage sunglasses have little (if any) UV protection, but one pair I found for cheap probably isn't as vintage as I thought.
    Edward likes this.

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