Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Kimi Raikkonen - Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses

Kimi Räikkönen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses at the Australian GP 2013
Kimi Räikkönen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses at the Australian GP 2013

Kimi Räikkönen made a blinding start to his 2013 Formula One season down under at the Australian Grand Prix last weekend with an impressive win from 7th on the grid.  

In fact, "The Ice Man" is my personal tip for the 2013 F1 World Championship; I actually had money on him winning in Melbourne myself... sadly, my bet didn't quite pay off as I had picked him to get the hattrick - Pole Position, Fastest Lap and Race Winner.  Oh well, 2 out of 3 shows I was on the right track.

So anyway, what about the important business - those sunglasses...

Kimi Raikkonen's Sunglasses at The Australian GP 2013


Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses at the Australian GP 2013
Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses at the Australian GP in Melbourne 2013

Kimi Raikkonen was seen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses throughout the weekend of the Australian GP in Melbourne.  Sadly I wasn't able to attend the race myself this year, so yes, I did have to snap these pictures from my TV, but even so, you can clearly see that Kimi is wearing the original Dispatch, which is actually an old model by Oakley.

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Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses in a press interview - Australian GP 2013
Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses in a press interview - Australian GP 2013

Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses on the grid, just before the Australian GP 2013
Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses on the grid, just before the Australian GP 2013

Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses in the Pre-Season Driver's Photo - Australian GP 2013 (also in the photo are Alonso wearing Oakley Garage Rock, Massa and Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses in the Pre-Season Driver's Photo at the Australian GP 2013 with Massa, Vettel and Alonso wearing Oakley Garage Rock sunglasses

Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses as worn by Kimi Raikkonen


Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses as worn by Kimi Raikkonen

The Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses worn by Kimi Raikkonen are technically an old model.  The exact colour option worn by Kimi at the Australian GP seems to be a custom design with black front, white arms, black O icon and black & white barcode sliders on the band or trim near the hinge.

The lens is possibly the Black Iridium Polarized option, since it's the Iridium that gives the lens a mirrored effect, although that doesn't show up in these computer generated images of the frame.






More Oakley Dispatch Sunglasses worn by Kimi Raikkonen


Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch 909005 - Polished Clear Chrome Iridium during Winter Testing 2013

Kimi Raikkonen seems to be a big fan of the Oakley Dispatch model, I also spotted him wearing the same frames during the pre-season buildup/testing in a couple of different colour variations.

The colour option Kimi wore during Winter testing here seems to be the Oakley Dispatch 909005 - Polished Clear Chrome Iridium.  Unfortunately, if you are looking for this model yourself it could be a tricky item to find as it seems to be in limited supply these days.

Kimi is also seen wearing this same frame in various images on his own website at www.kimiraikkonen.com.  He can also be seen wearing the newer Oakley Dispatch II sunglasses, which were the sunglasses of choice for his Lotus F1 teammate Romain Grosjean during the 2012 F1 season.

Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch 909005 - Polished Clear Chrome Iridium during Winter Testing 2013

Kimi Raikkonen wearing Oakley Dispatch 909005 - Polished Clear Chrome Iridium during Winter Testing 2013

Kimi also wore these slightly lower key black Oakley Dispatch sunglasses (below) during the 2013 F1 pre-season.  He really seems to like these sunglasses.

Kimi Raikkonen wearing Black Oakley Dispatch sunglasses during the 2013 F1 pre-season
Kimi Raikkonen wearing black Oakley Dispatch sunglasses during the 2013 F1 pre-season

If you're looking for Oakley Dispatch or Dispatch II Sunglasses you could try looking for them on SelectSpecs.com here, but bare in mind that the Dispatch in particular seems to be an old model now with limited availability.

Failing that, head over to Oakley's Custom page and make up your own design.


About the Author: Chris Russell works in the eyewear sector and can be found on or on @MovieRetrospect on Twitter.

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