Vintage Ray Ban Expert
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I have a pair of vintage Bausch and Lomb Ray Bans that I am trying to get more info on. My father bought them back in the 70s or 80s and has never worn them because he had to get prescriptions. I have looked at quite a few websites that list info on how to tell a fake and all, but the glasses that I have are slightly different from what they consider to be "real." Mine have the stamp on both the under and upper side of bridge. Top side reads "B&L Ray Ban U.S.A." Bottom side reads "B&L 6214 U.S.A." There are no markings on the ear pieces or anywhere else on the glasses with the exception of the Ray Ban logo on the lense. The part that I am confused about is the etching that is supposed to be on the lense. I do not have a BL, B&L or RB. I can't imagine that they would have made fakes that long ago so could these be older than the 70s??? I can send pics if that would help. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Had to Youtube that scene, never watched the movie before. They don't look like B&L Ray Bans Wayfares or any other Vintage model, from the side markings, it's hard to make out so I might be wrong but they Look like some type of Vintage Persol Sunglasses. Modern day Luxottica lens are made of glass not plastic however from my personal experience the lens quality is just not as good as classic Bausch and Lomb Ray Ban. B&L has more lens choices and more specialized lens technologies like Changeables aka photo chromatic, Chromax (Driving series), Diamond Hard (NASA diamond coating technology) and many more.
@Man of Limit,
Thanks for the welcome. It's possible to get them sized at a local Lenscrafters, (they do it for free) or any other local optometry centers (note: some charge, about 10-15$) I size all of my Ray Bans, although I do just wear aviators and they are way easier to self adjust, so I do it myself, the Wayfarers and Drifters I'd get those professionally sized at above mentioned places they have thicker paddles so they'll most likely use a heat source (don't worry it's safe) to make them malleable.
I have yet to find another brand that compares to Bausch and Lomb Ray Bans. Modern day Ray Bans are just not the same, it's because B&L just sold the name "Ray Ban" to Luxottica and not their lens technology, I'd say Oakley is probably the only one that comes close, they do have some pretty cool sunglasses but they're just not my style so I always end up going back to B&L Ray Bans.
Hello I am interested in purchasing these clubmaster ray bans off of craigslist and I was wondering if you could tell me if they are authentic based on the pictures because I did notice that it says made in china. please and thank you. I would be so grateful. The link is below.
Great thread, Musehead! Here's my question:
I have a pair of B&L Predator 1 Polarized glasses (circa 1996) that I love, but the lenses are all scratched up now. What's the best way to get replacement lenses for this pre-Luxottica model? Do you know if Ray-Ban provides a lens replacement service for older models? Any info or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
This is not correct.
I bought a pair of Wayfarers from an authorized, in person, large, brick&mortar dealer in Colorado (Europtics, for those curious) and they were made in China.
The model I have is the 5184.