Oakley X Metal Romeo 1 Vintage Sunglasses New Old Stock including X Metal Vault, Coin and Spare Lenses

$995.00

Oakley X Metal Romeo 1 Vintage Sunglasses New Old Stock including Vault, Coin and Spare Lenses

Made in the USA in 1997

New old stock: Frame and lenses in new unworn condition. There is one small stain on the right lens, but it does not affect vision.

The Oakley X Metal Romeo 1 took 3 weeks, over 27 different machines, 425,000 watts of electricity at 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit, and passed through 75 pairs of hands to manufacture.

It is the world’s first 3-D sculptured, hypoallergenic, all-metal frame. Revealed in 1997 at Oakley’s still under construction headquarters in Foothill Ranch, the Romeo's X Metal was a revolutionary application of a new metallurgical process and a breakthrough in structural physics. The strength-to-weight ratio was unheard of at the time of its creation, and is considered to be virtually indestructible. As a testimony to its durability, Oakley purportedly drove over a pair with a tank.

It was released in very limited quantities on the last day of February 1997, when Oakley shipped 1 pair each to select stores. Like many first of its kind, the Romeo had its flaws. Principally, the frame created stress points on the lenses, causing them to fracture and splinter.

Despite those flaws, the Romeos futuristic style drew the attention of Hollywood. In perhaps their most famous appearance, a pair worn by Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 2 detonates shortly after displaying a message. Romeos also feature in Blade II, Spiderman, and the second Boondock Saints. To this day, the Romeo 1 remains the rarest and most coveted X Metal frame, unequaled in its beauty and its historical importance.

This X Metal Romeo 1 model is fitted with the original XYZ lenses with X Metal engraving. These could easily crack if the frame is opened wide without proper care. To avoid damaging the original lenses, i recommend immediately mounting the polarized Fuse (c) Chrome lenses included in this set, and keeping the pristine original lenses for display only. The Fuse lenses are extremely flexible, will not crack and will allow you to wear your Romeo under even the most extreme conditions. The mounting requires a T6 screwdriver.

This set includes:

- New unworn X Metal Romeo 1 frame, serial number: 035061
- New unworn Black Iridium XYZ lenses with X Metal engraving
- New unworn Polarized Fuse Chrome lenses with softpouch and box
- Oakley X Metal Large Metal Vault with brand new foam inlay in perfect condition
- Oakley X Metal Romeo 1997 coin
- Oakley X Metal coin holder
- Oakley Genuine Software pouch
- Original gaskets, nosepads and earsocks in perfect condition
- Original „25“ Temple Shocks

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