Man wearing aviators

Aviator Sunglasses: History Icon

It cannot be denied that the Aviator sunglasses is one of the most well-known eyewear in the world. Since it was first made in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb, it has spawned hundreds of other similarly designed eyewear. Dozens of brands have also released their version of this eyewear.

Many fans of the Aviator sunglasses share that the design is a major factor which helps catapulted this eyewear into a pop icon. Aviators are characterized by a thin metal frame with a single, double or triple bridge, bayonet or cable temples (which can hook behind the ears), and dark teardrop-shaped lenses.Jennifer Aniston wearing Ray-Ban Aviators

History Of The Aviator Sunglasses

The Aviator sunglasses were originally developed in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb, now popularly known as Ray-Ban. It was manufacturer mainly for US Military Airforce pilots to protect their eyes from the sun while flying. The Aviator became famous when General Douglas MacArthur landed on a beach in the Philippines during World War II. He was wearing the Aviators when newspaper photographers are able to snap his pictures which made headlines worldwide.

The Aviator sunglasses became even more popular in the 1960’s when the favored trend was metal rims over plastic. This eyewear became a cultural icon as many pop and rock musicians used them for their albums, promotions, and concerts. Later in the 1990’s this eyewear became even more famous as it was featured in numerous blockbuster films like Top Gun and Cobra.

Brad Pitt wearing Aviator Sunglasses

  Brad Pitt wearing Aviator Sunglasses

Jessica Simpson wearing aviators sunglasses

Jessica Simpson with Aviator Sunglasses

Aviators Today

The recent years, the Aviator have made a full come full circle. To meet the demands and current trends, different eyewear brands have released their own version or a slightly modified version of the original Aviator. While there are dozens of brands that have this famous design in their collections, we will be sharing some of the top choices.

American Optical (AO) Eyewear released different models of their own Aviator series. All of which are reminiscent of the original pilot eyewear with dark tints and thin metal frames. Some of the bestsellers include American Optical Skymaster Aviator Sport, AO Eyewear Aviator General Chrome, and AO Eyewear Aviator General.

Another famous and historic brand has adapted the Aviator. Brooks Brothers Eyewear has been in the business of creating functional clothes and eyewear in the US for more than a century. They have their own version of the Aviators, such as the modified Brooks Brothers BB 5024S, which features thin and lightweight acetate frames instead of metals.

The original makers, Ray-Ban has also released numerous version of this eyewear. The Ray-Ban Classic Aviator comes with the original thin gold metal frame and G-15 Dark Green lenses. They also released special edition Aviators, which reminds you of how it all started more than 80 years ago. Ray-Ban Aviator Distressed is made to look as if it has been worn-out through time. It looks and feels like it has been passed on to generations with its corroded and scratched frame. Finally, the Ray-Ban Aviator Gradient comes with completely new lenses, which allows your eyes to transition from solid colors to clear lens.