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DreamTeam
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posted 01-31-2012 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DreamTeam   Click Here to Email DreamTeam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've recently acquired a lot of NASA memorabilia. One of the pieces stands out above all: A pair of Luxottica prescription glasses that are gold electroplated and read "Apollo Pilot" on the left arm.

Would appreciate any thoughts on these, of where they could have come from or who wore them.

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posted 01-31-2012 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could have been worn by almost anyone -- maybe the owner of the pass?

They are not military issue, for what it's worth.

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posted 02-02-2012 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DreamTeam   Click Here to Email DreamTeam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been doing a lot of research and still no definitive conclusions. I did find out about the Luxottica group. They make custom luxury glasses for high end clientele.

I found the glasses among a huge lot of NASA stuff closely associated with a certain shuttle pilot that I cannot name for his privacy. Unfortunately I am unable to contact him and get the easy answers.

Also considering selling these at one point and was wondering if there would be any kind of market value? Thanks for your time.

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posted 02-02-2012 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DreamTeam   Click Here to Email DreamTeam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I know for certain they did not belong to the pilot in question. He was a shuttle pilot not an Apollo pilot. But he had close association with a few Apollo pilots, Buzz, and Grissom.

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posted 02-03-2012 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Luxottica owns a bunch of glasses/sunglasses brands that you can find in any store, such as Ray-Ban, and licenses the brand names for many designers, like Gucci and such.

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posted 02-03-2012 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are 355 Luxottica items for sale on eBay at the present time.

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posted 02-03-2012 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At one time, my family ran the third largest buying group for optometrists. Luxottica is a well-established brand and distributor of eyeglasses.

"Pilot" is a style of frames; "Apollo Pilot" may be a Luxottica style of a pilot frame.

Any connection to an astronaut is likely coincidental.

But you might bring the frames with you on your next visit to your optometrist, as s/he could contact Luxottica/Avant Garde and inquire. Or you could reach out Luxottica directly.

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posted 02-03-2012 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by DreamTeam:
Would appreciate any thoughts on these...
As far as market value, not much. Unless you can tie them to an individual they are used sunglasses. Being prescription does not help.

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posted 02-03-2012 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DreamTeam   Click Here to Email DreamTeam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to all of you for your responses! I've researched "Pilot frames" by Luxottica and cannot find anything close. Good idea to bring them to an eye specialist, I will try that later today.

One heck of a coincidence to find these among a heap of NASA material connected to a shuttle pilot, but I accept that might be the case.

One thing I know for sure is that "Apollo Pilot" Glasses from Luxottica were never production.

Thanks again, you guys rock

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