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Vintage Ray Ban Expert

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

  1. despairingmum

    despairingmum New Member

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    Hi Musehead,

    I have a problem and am wondering if you could help?

    I have a pair of what appear to be authentic Ray Ban sunglasses.

    They look exactly like Ray Ban ambermatic all weather sunglasses (and have this printed on the case) and have B&L Ray Ban USA stamped (or engraved, if that is a better way off putting it) on the bridge of the nose.

    They have SAE110 stamped on the right arm but no other markings on the lenses or frames anywhere.

    I'm assuming that the model number, or name, has worn off due to their age (we think they are from the 1960's) and that they have been re-lensed - hence no engravings on the lenses.

    Would you be able to let me know what the code on the right arm is reference to and whether you think they are genuine? Also, what a suggested price would be for these glasses?

    I appreciate that you must get a lot of requests like this and that the information may be a bit sparse but I would really appreciate any information, advice or help i could get from you.

    Thanks very much in advance,

    despairingmum,
     
  2. agentorange

    agentorange New Member

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    Hey guys, I hope you can help me out.
    I have a pair of vintage Ray-Ban sunglasses that I got out of a garage I cleaned from a very old man. The only markings on the glasses are across the bridge, where it says "B&L RAY-BAN USA LIC".
    It also says "Made in W. Germany on one temple tip and "Frame- W. Germany" on the other.
    The glasses are quite heavy and came in an official seal-marked case.
    The lenses measure at 60 mm across each. I cannot find any information at all about what type of Ray-Bans these could be, and was wondering if I could get anything out of you guys?
    Thanks in advance. I've got some pictures, but I don't have a good camera and can't focus on any of the engravings.

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  3. musehead

    musehead Active Member

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    agentorange
    pm sent

    despairringmum
    Post sone pictures ob this thread or pm some and I'll let you know what you have.
     
  4. musehead

    musehead Active Member

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    gravitas1
    I'm not familiar with those type of Ray Bans but those are not wayfarers. They look like traditionals or a type of gatsby.
     
  5. JackSummers56

    JackSummers56 New Member

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    Hi, i own a pair of vintage Bausch and Lomb round metal Ray Bans in dark grey metal with blue lenses. They were bought over 10-12 years ago by my father. He purchased them from a friend who owned a self run opticians, which was closing, meaning he bought these sunglasses for just £25. He has two identical other pairs, one is broken completely, the other is in perfect condition with the original case. The pair i have been given are in a good condition, there is one chip in the lens which is being replaced by a local optician. The issue is that they are not complete with the classic Bausch and Lomb case, which I would really like to get hold of. Luxotica cases are in easy supply but i cant find the original case anywhere for sale online. Could you offer some suggestions? I understand this is a hard one as they are very rare and probably expensive. Hope you can help - the code on the glasses is W2462 YUAW if it helps.
     
  6. adagio

    adagio Senior member

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  7. JackSummers56

    JackSummers56 New Member

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    Thanks thats great, seriously considering getting that! If anyone else sees a black case it will be even better!
     
  8. Nergock

    Nergock New Member

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    @Musehead, Would like to know what you thought on the West Germany pair that agentorange owns. I am considering buying a similar pair. Thanks.
     
  9. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

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    Musehead,

    Did B&L ever do real tortoise shell Ray Bans? If so do you know where I can get a pair? I'm pretty sure if it already existed on the market when the law was not around, then it's still legal to trade/sell.
     
  10. kbrenna1

    kbrenna1 New Member

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    My dad found his pair of Ray Bans in his hunting pack...he says that he used them in the 70's and they are actually older because he got them used from his cousin. They're brass, but the lenses do not have the metal all the way around nor is there Ray Ban markings anywhere on them. The lenses are beveled, also have two screws in the lens, one holding the side piece and one holding the nose piece on. It does say made in Taiwan, ROC on inside. The case looks real and has the Bausch & Laumb/Rayban stamp on it. My dad says they were shooting glasses. The piece above the nose bridge is straight, not a circle like some. I don't have a pic today, as I left my phone at home...I can send a pic later if needed. Are these just really old (circa late 60's early 70's) fakes? They're still pretty awesome if they are!
     
  11. ownygaard

    ownygaard New Member

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    Hi,
    Hope you can help. [​IMG]
    Lost one of the glasses in my vintage Ray-Bans. Would like to buy two new glasses but can`t find out wich model this is. They are aprox 18-20 years old.
    Regards
    Willy
     
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  12. ofiry1968

    ofiry1968 Member

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    Dear expert,

    I got Ray-Ban sunglasses purchased in the 80's, and I want to make sure they are authentic.

    These are the marks I could find:

    1. The famous white "Ray-Ban" logo on the right lens.
    2. "B&L Ray-Ban U.S.A" engraving on the external side of the bridge.
    3. "B&L Ray-Ban 62[]14 " engraving on the internal side of the bridge.
    4. "BL" Laser engraving both on the left and on the right lens (near the arm hinge).
    5. "BL" engraving on the metal that holds the nose pads.



    Based on that, can you tell whether they are authentic or not?
    I'm especially concerned with the fat that the "BL" laser engraving appears on both of the lens (which, as far as I know, ususlly appears on the left lens only).

    Appreciate your help!

    Thanks,
    Ofir
     
  13. musehead

    musehead Active Member

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    @nergock yes some vintage Ray Bans were made in W germany those aviators agentorange posted pics of look authentic.

    @Kbrenna1 pm me some pictures please

    @ownygaard those look like the lennon vintage ray bans but with a top bar accross the top. Search ebay with vintage ray ban lennon in the description and you'll find a bunch of them.

    @ofiry1968 Yes they sound authentic, on Vintage Ray Ban aviators B&L was laser etched on both lens . Modern made in Italy Ray Bans have RB laser etched on one lens
     
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  14. tomr7574

    tomr7574 Member

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    LMFAO..."Vintage Ray Ban Expert"...
     
  15. tomr7574

    tomr7574 Member

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    West Germany models were made of real gold: either 10k or 12k mixed with other metals. If you encounter anything that has this on the paddle, providing they are authentic real vintage ray ban usa, youre in for a rarity
     
  16. tomr7574

    tomr7574 Member

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    also: authentic current ray bans are manufactured in China: they have nothing to do with vintage bausch and lomb USA...but if you want to buy sunplastics, go ahead and pick up a pair of those: you are better off buying some shades at the local grocery store if you take that route:

    Bausch And Lomb Ray Ban USA is still light years ahead of all the current "sunglass" companies: the technology they came out with for example, in 1987 (ambermatic double sided mirrored anniversary RB-50 lenses) is superior to what competitors and current ray ban has to offer: Think of it as The Beatles Revolver LP being released back in 1966: They set the bar so high, and still no one can reach it. That is why counterfeiting Asians still try to replicate these to the T
     
  17. suitedcboy

    suitedcboy Senior member

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    Luxottica Ray Ban are not all polycarbonate lenses. I have a few pair and they all are glass. I have broken lenses on a couple of pairs and they were most certainly glass.
    I would not have purchased if they were polycarbs. Polycarbonate lenses, even multiple hundreds of dollars reputable ones, scratch in less than a week of my use.
     
  18. Chuckie Egg

    Chuckie Egg Senior member

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    Hello musehead

    I have a pair that my grandmother bought me in 1991. I never actually wore them as I didn't like them much as they have dark green glass but as a kid I wanted the cool mirrored ones that she bought my brother :embar: I've taken them out to see sunlight for the first time in about 20 years.

    It is complete with sticker, case and even papers! (All pristine like new in fact). Could you please tell me what model it is as I honestly do not know? I can't see any inscriptions on it but both lenses have BL etched on them.

    (I assume it is genuine)

    Thanks in advance :)

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    (Apologies for the specks of dust)
     
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  19. tomr7574

    tomr7574 Member

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    yes: not all are "polycarbonate" lenses...but the glass they are using is cheap...easily breakable.
     
  20. tomr7574

    tomr7574 Member

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    chuckie those are regular G 15 green glass aviators. very common. simple. its a basic model ray ban luxottica replicates/designs today. just sayin
     

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