What's for sale?
This is a pair of 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.
The lenses are the Bausch & Lomb G-15s introduced in 1953: they're grey-green and non-polarized. They block 85% of visible light and 100% of UV light. They're colour-neutral, so all colours are transmitted equally and colour perception is unaltered.
Included is a modern Ray-Ban case with hard front.
This is an opportunity to buy great quality sunglasses that are no longer manufactured. Bausch & Lomb sold Ray-Ban in 1999 and they're no longer made in America or with these lenses.
Who made them?
These are American Ray-Bans made by top optical manufacturer Bausch & Lomb and fitted with French-made frames. Both lenses are etched "BL".
The frames carry the codes:
- B & L RAY-BAN U.S.A
- FRAME FRANCE
What condition are they in?
Please remember when viewing the photographs that some have been taken at a greater magnification than normal vision.
- The lenses are in very good condition
- The frames have little wear overall, while the left arm is scuffed on the outside, near the bend
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 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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