What's for sale?
This is a pair of "new old stock", original American Ray-Ban ladies' cats-eye sunglasses with high-quality, Bausch & Lomb glass lenses.
The frame style is "Onyx 4" and the stylish "Gold Tortoise" pattern is coded W0804. The frames were made in France and have the usual strong metal hinges.
The lenses are Bausch & Lomb G-15 which are the non-polarized, grey-green lens introduced in 1953. They block 85% of visible light and 100% of UV light. They're colour-neutral: all colours are transmitted equally and your colour perception is unaffected.
Included is the official Ray-Ban soft pouch and original stock box.
Their condition is categorised as new old stock: they were manufactured in the 1980s or 1990s and have never been retailed. This gives you the opportunity to purchase great quality sunglasses that are no longer made today. Bausch & Lomb sold Ray-Ban in 1999 and they're no longer made in America or with these lenses.
Who made them and when?
These are American Ray-Bans made by top optical manufacturer Bausch & Lomb with French-made frames. Both lenses are etched "BL". They're probably from the 1980s or 1990s.
The frames carry the codes:
- B & L RAY-BAN U.S.A
- FRAME FRANCE
The stock box is printed:
- STYLE 4
- GOLD TORTOISE
What condition are they in?
Please remember when viewing the photographs that some have been taken at a greater magnification than normal vision.
- 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 has a little wear
- The pouch and box are also showing handling and shelf wear
What are the measurements?
- Each lens is a maximum 58mm wide and 40mm high
- The frames are a maximum 155mm wide and 47mm high
- The bridge is 18mm
- The temple arm length is 140mm
- They weigh 55 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 glasses that fit you.
- 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 millimeters (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.
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