In SPECTRE, James Bond’s eyewear of choice for flying a small plane in high glare conditions in the mountains of Austria is … nothing. However, for walking into a clinic with expensive luggage and then running out of said clinic shooting at kidnappers, Bond uses a pair of vintage Vuarnet 027 PX5000 Glacier Glasses with the black leather bridge piece.
You can find out more about Vuarnet the company and the use of the sunglasses in SPECTRE from Outside Magazine and Bloomberg. Of course Vuarnet is leveraging the Bond relationship and re-issuing an updated version of the style for $540.00/390.00 €.
Features Wanted for the Vuarnet PX5000 Glacier Glasses from SPECTRE:
- Teardrop shape black plastic or nylon frames
- Mirrored lenses
- Black leather side blinders and button on bridge piece
Best Affordable Options
Black Teardrop frame? Got ’em. Black side blinders and bridge piece? Yep! Mirrored lenses? Well, you can’t have everything. But for £19.79, the Apland Mountain Glacier Glasses at Amazon UK are a great bet.
New Twist on the Classic
If you’re willing to bend a little on the frame shape, there’re a couple of budget options at Amazon U.S. First up are the Rothco Tactical Sunglasses for $12.99.
Or you could choose the unimaginatively named “Leather Sunglasses with Strings” for $19.99.
Over at REI, you can get a pair of new glacier glasses from a manufacturer that’s actually respected in the industry: the Julbo Sherpa Glacier Glasses are $50.00. More of a rounded shape and lacking the bridge piece, but at least you’ll know your eyes are actually protected. Those of you in the UK can find them on Amazon for £29.95.
I would recommend sitting down; vintage Vuarnets in new condition are not cheap. Vintage Sunglasses occasionally has new old stock of the PX5000s, but they usually retail north of $500.00 and they go fast.
Currently, they have a pair of the PX5000s with the black binders but without the bridge piece for $465.00.
Vuarnet is obviously the brand we want for screen accuracy, but the Teardrop was a popular frame shape for many manufacturers of glacier glasses in the 80’s and early 90’s. Ray Ban, Bolle, Suncloud, Julbo and Alpine Design all produced variations on the theme, and in fact vintage Ray Ban Cats Glacier Glasses often go for the same price as the vintage Vuarnets. You can often find new old stock of glacier glasses from other brands on sites like Vintage Sunglasses Shop for a lot less than you’d pay for the Vuarnets.
Also, if you’re willing to hunt around on Ebay and Etsy, there are some good deals to found for brands that will give you the same style and features, without the price tag. Here are some I dug up:
Bausch and Lomb Glacier Glasses, brown blinders, no bridge piece: $81.99
EMS Glacier Glasses, black blinders, no bridge piece: $49.99 (auction)
Bolle Glacier Glasses, brown blinders, no bridge piece: $99.99
So, is this a style we’re going to see making a comeback? I’ll keep looking for new options, and feel free to share your finds in the comments below.
This post was updated on May 13th, 2016.