Simon, you know that the length of time that you hold onto a pair of sunglasses is inversely proportional to how much you pay for them. You pay $8 for a pair of sunglasses, you'll never get rid of them. You pay $200, you'll lose them leaving the store.
When you find a big kettle of crazy, it's best not to stir it.
Actually this is the first good pair I've ever lost and I've had them for a year and half. Right now I'm wearing my old Ray Bans which cost $200 and I've had them for over 5 years. The pair previous to that were the same kind and lasted for 4 years before I wore them out. Based on the logic of keeping a good pair for an average of 3 years it works out to about $.20 a day which works for me.
When you spend as much time by or on the water as I do it's a good idea to have decent lenses.
Simon, I hate when that happens We won't be down for several weeks, But if for some reason no one brings them down we will make sure we do. Our Captain lost his one time so we brought him a pair of costa del mar glasses, Really made his day He had been without glasses for several weeks, Not a good thing when you live in the tropics.
Simon, Capt Sharks sells some really great Costa Del Mar sunglasses. They come with life time guarantees - kinda like craftsman tools. If you break them, the arms snap off, the lens breaks, you send them back and you get them repaired or replaced for the cost of shipping in most cases. Initial cost is about $250 US. But well worth it for the great customer service.
I have 2 pairs - can't live without them. When one pair is broken and being fixed I have the back up pair. Can't go wrong.
Disclaimer - Capt Sharks has not paid for this advertisement!
I wear spectacles and have found few sunglasses that fit over the top. Easily the best brand I've found for that is Cocoon (US$40) and apart from that convenience they make jolly good sunglasses (good UV absorption etc). Plastic lenses that nonetheless don't seem to scratch, unlike Costa del Mar which have glass lenses and won't scratch at all unless you really try hard - but they will shatter if you drop them on a stone.
I used a pair of Cocoons for more than a year, including going out on boats most days and getting them covered in sea water, and after washing they always looked as new (I know from experience that salt water can strip coatings from some lenses). My staff generally use Costa del Mar (as the boss I can't afford them!) and there's no difference in the way they last.
I was thinking of stocking Cocoons - any views on how popular they'd be?
Oh, and Rudi (Island Diver Supplies) also sells Costa del Mar.