See those glasses in Buzz Aldrin's left hand? They're not Ray Bans, they're American Optical Pilots made right here in the USA. These—not some Italian-crafted designer shades—are the glasses that went with Neil and Buzz to the lunar surface on Apollo 11.

The Original Pilot has been manufactured in Massachusetts since 1958, remaining a favorite amongst pilots. You can get them in various combinations of glass or polycarbonate lenses, frame finishes, and temple styles, but the formula remains the same: high-quality optics, sturdy metal frames, and timeless design. It's these qualities that earned them a spot on Apollo 11 and a permanent display case in the Smithsonian. Own a piece of history starting at $38. [Jomers or Optics Planet or via Gear Patrol]


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