Originally Posted by chevron
While you're cutting corners you may as well go for American Optical Original Pilots, the original "square aviator" that came out in 1958 (I think). They go for ~$50.
A few points to note:
I was told by the lady in the military surplus shop that both AO and RE can lay claim to being the 'official' US supplier as the contract shifts back and forth between the two, something like Wenger and Victorinox - one is the 'original' Swiss army knife the other is the 'official'.
I had some AO ones in black. The black soon chipped off and the bayonets widened out. I've had some RE ones for a few years now and they are fine, bayonet temples still have spring.
RE are now putting their logo on (some of?) their lenses in the way Ray Ban started a few years ago.
If you really hate the lens logo there's a thread on here with instructions on how to safely remove it.