I had never heard of Randolph Engineering, a Massachusetts-based specialist in commercial-grade eyewear for military pilots and shooting enthusiasts, but I was contacted by a representative and when I browsed their site I noticed the P3 model, which is standard issue to U.S. Navy submariners. I was struck because the P3's round lenses looked remarkably similar to those worn by Richard Merkin, the late New York dandy, in a photo that I have had lying about for some time in the hope that I might someday find some glasses like that. And so I asked for a pair, which the company was kind enough to eventually send me.
Of course, the idea that sunglasses might be necessary inside a submarine is counter-intiuitive and I have no clue why round lenses are better suited for underwater work than, say, ovals. But the Navy apparently knows, thank goodness, and had taken all the P3s that Randoph had on hand. That meant it was many months before a pair of P3s arrived unexpectedly at my door but they did arrive recently and they do appear to be the glasses that Merkin wore and I coveted, or close enough.
Their arrival was timely, as we are seeing the sun for the first time all summer. Better still, they are handsome, and, for a relatively affordable $99 (about 64 pounds sterling), built to a specification that far exceeds any fashion sunglasses I have ever seen.
Worth a look. And worth the wait.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Posted by Will at 7:30 AM