What's for sale?
This is a pair of "new old stock", original American Ray-Bans with high-quality, Bausch & Lomb glass lenses.
The lenses are coded "G-15". These are the time-proven, non-polarized, grey-green lens introduced in 1953. They block 85% of visible light and 100% of UV light. They're also colour-neutral, so all colours are transmitted equally and your colour perception is unaltered.
The gloss-black, Ebony frames are the Premier Traditionals Style E-1 and were made in France.
Included is the official Ray-Ban case with hardened front.
Their condition is categorised as new old stock: they were manufactured in the 1980s or 1990s and have never been retailed. This is significant since Bausch & Lomb sold Ray-Ban in 1999 and they're no longer made in America or with these lenses. This gives you a great opportunity to buy high quality sunglasses that are no longer made today.
Who made them and when?
These are American Ray-Bans made by Bausch & Lomb with French frames. Both lenses are etched "BL". They're probably from the 1980s or 1990s.
The frames carry the codes:
- B AND L RAY-BAN/FRAME FRANCE
- STYLE E-1
What condition are they in?
- New old stock (they're old but are unused and haven't been retailed)
- In very good condition
- The stock label is still attached to the left lens and showing signs of wear
What are the measurements?
Please remember when viewing the photographs that some have been taken at a greater magnification than normal vision.
- Each lens is a maximum 55mm wide and 48mm high
- The frames are a maximum 144mm wide and 53mm high
- The bridge is 18mm
- The temple arm length is 140mm
- They weigh 45 grams
How are glasses measured?
- Some frames have their sizes printed on the arms
- Look for a pair of numbers separated by a square and a three-digit number on its own (e.g. "5219 ... 140")
- The first two numbers are the lens and bridge widths. The three-digit number is the temple arm length
- Lens widths are from 40 to 62mm, bridges 14 to 22mm and arms 120 to 150mm
- The bridge is measured where the gap between the lenses is narrowest (not the frames)
- The arm is measured from the hinge along its full length, including around the bend
- It's easiest to compare online measurements with similarly-shaped glasses that you already have
- The key measurement is the frame width. Rest a ruler on the bridge of your nose, level with your eyes and measure the width between your temples in millimetres (we'll call this A). Take the frame width of the glasses and subtract 6mm (we'll call this B). If A and B are within 2mm of each other, the glasses are more likely to fit.
If you have any questions, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.