26 Sep

Randolph Engineering Aviator

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Randolph Engineering, Incorporated was founded in 1972 by Polish immigrants, Jan Waszkiewicz and Stanley Zaleski. They met a decade before while working at a small tool & die company in South Boston. In pursuit of the American dream, they ventured out to start their own business in Randolph, MA.The two entrepreneurs  built tooling dies and machinery for the then thriving US optical manufacturing industry. Through determination and a tireless work, ethic Randolph Engineering became one of the leading optical tool & die companies in the country.

In the late 1970’s Randolph Engineering started manufacturing Mil-Spec Aviator sunglasses for the United States Air Force as a subcontractor producing in excess of 200,000 sunglasses annually. Led by Jan’s sons, Randolph won the government bid to become the prime contractor in 1982. By the late 1980’s Randolph had expanded into the commercial sunglass market after civilians learned about the quality of its sunglasses and prescription frames through military channels.  One of their most popular line is the Aviator.

Originally built for the U.S. Military (Mil-S-25948), Randolph flagship Aviator surpasses rigid military-spec standards. Standard issue since 1982, these are battle tested and suitable for the most rigorous and demanding use.


The unique bayonet temples are designed to fit comfortably under headgear, to the lifetime frame warranty, the Aviator has become Randolph’s flagship product.

The lens material is available in either glass or polycarbonate.   The glass lens will provide better optical property and is the most scratch resistant. Polycarbonate is impact resistant and is also lighter.  Glass tends to be a heavier material than polycarbonate lenses. For those sensitive to pressure or who plan to wear eye protection for long hours, polycarbonate may be a better choice for its lightweight and pliable properties. If you’re the type to have a pair of glasses for a long period of time, then glass lenses are a better choice. However, it must be noted that with either glass or polycarbonate, as long as you clean your lenses with a microfiber cloth and keep your eyewear in a case, you will help protect against day to day scratching and your lenses will last longer.

The Randolph Aviator comes in many different lens options:Tan Polarized-Increases contrast while reducing eye fatigue and glare in bright conditions.

Tan Polarized-Increases contrast while reducing eye fatigue and glare in bright conditions.

Tan-Works exceptionally well for those needing eye protection and contrast on overcast days.

Gray Polarized-The ultimate tint for extremely bright conditions and glare reduction.

Gray Flash Mirror-Has a subtle mirror coating applied to the Grey lens to reduce harsh light without polarization.

Gray-Provides absolute true color reception.

AGX-Has a slight green tint which selectively filters the color spectrum to reduce eye fatigue.


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