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Vintage Ray Ban Expert

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by musehead, May 12, 2013.

  1. kurtovic

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    "RyanL31,
    nice piece. very interesting
     

  2. mmafia1

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    They’re RX frames, for prescription lenses.
     

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    "mmafia1,
    thank you.
    it is difficult to get the answer. older and more experienced members do not send often.
     

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    I see from you’re picture you have a similar pair! Do you know when they were made? Pretty neat pair of shades
     

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    [QUOTE="RyanL31,
    I have no similar. You have very old with a smaller gap between the glasses. Your color is RB 1 with bakelite nose pads. Could be a WWII era. Rare piece.
     

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    [QUOTE="RyanL31,
    sorry my mistake.
    I can not delete this
     
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    Thanks for the info! What’d ya want to delete? Sorry, new to the forum...any suggestions on how to get a value of these things? WWII and rare sound nice to me, thinking they could be more valuable than a regular pair of aviators ha
     

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    Hi Ryan, like you I’m trying to figure out what I have also. In researching Ray-ban markings on aviators and I think the shooters as well, the mark across the top of the bridge is important. The “RAY-BAN” marking with nothing else is the earliest mark used until the early to mid 1950’s, when the USA is added the frames are later I believe and therefore would not be ww2. If you haven’t seen them a guy (collector) from England his name is Nigel has a number of informative vintage Ray-Ban videos he has produced.
    Good luck, clark
     

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    Yes sorry, I don’t often have the chance to come on. I’ll hve a quick check of others posts and put up some answers.
     

  10. mmafia1

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    So the shooters above, Ryan, they are early, 1940s pair of shooters, or shooting glass as they were originally called. RB2, not 1 as mentioned earlier. They are very popular in America and places like Malaysia/Thailand. Value is difficult, all depends on condition, and some models within that era are slightly more valuable than others, but typically i’d Say you can get $250-300.
     

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    Clarke, yes same sort of era, 1940-50s. Your are either rb2 dgm, or rb3 dgm, can’t quite tell from the photos. Unfortunately they’re 52mm which isn’t as popular or as valuable as 58mm models. The lenses make them a bit more desirable though, probably 150ish.
     

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    You’re the man! Thanks a lot for the info! Glad to hear they’re WWII era and I’m pumped they’re in perfect condition. Thanks again for the response
     

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  14. Clarke

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    Thank you so much for the info, the size is actually perfect for my daughter and her favorite style of sunglasses are wire rim with similar lense shapes. Having a very early pair of vintage aviators should be something she will cherish. They almost fit me, I could at least appreciate the quality of the glass, it’s remarkable, how do you distinguish rb2 from rb3? I believe from the little I’ve found reading dgm arrived after rb1 production so this at least helps to narrow the manufacture date? Are there references to the model numbers I’ve been unsuccessful thus far in decoding the 6A8301 number hand written on the case and my best guess on the 16.95 puts them early to mid 40’s but I’m not familiar with price differences in model variations or economic fluctuations. I suspect these were purchased overseas in a military post exchange also so another set of variables.
     

  15. mmafia1

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    That’s good, they are a lovely little pair and tbh 52mm pretty much dropped off the radar after this era.
    I think you’ll have to get yourself a 58mm pair, I may even have a pair if you’re interested ;)

    So, RB2, is much rarer in DGM and much lighter, i’ll post some pictures shortly to show the two. It’s only really possible to see in decent pictures with white background etc.
    RB1, don’t really exist tbh! All the early models have RB2 lenses, even the AN6531 military issue ones. It makes the year very difficult to pinpoint, but yes i’d say mid to late 40s.
     

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