Ray-Ban Bausch & Lomb Round Metal Sunglasses

A pair of original American Ray-Ban sunglasses with metal, "John Lennon" frames and Bausch & Lomb G-15, grey-green, glass lenses. Second-hand.

What's for sale?

This is a pair of original American Ray-Bans with high-quality, Bausch & Lomb glass lenses.

These have minimal, thin metal frames, a curved brow and round glass lenses. This style will probably forever be associated with the 1960s and with actors and musicians such as John Lennon.

The lenses are the Bausch & Lomb "G-15", non-polarized, grey-green introduced in 1953. They block 85% of visible light and 100% of UV light. They're colour-neutral and all colours are transmitted equally, without altering colour perception.

Included is a modern Ray-Ban case with hardened front.

These round metal Ray-Bans are hard to find without some sort of wear but they're worth searching for. Bausch & Lomb sold Ray-Ban in 1999 and they're no longer made in America or with these lenses. Pairs in perfect condition are very expensive, so this is the opportunity to buy a pair in reasonable condition, at a reasonable price.

Who made them and when?

From 1937 to 1998 Ray-Bans were made by the American optics manufacturer Bausch and Lomb. This is such a pair, with both lenses etched "BL".

The maker's mark is shown on the nose bridge reads:

  • B&L Ray-Ban USA 52[]21

What condition are they in?

Please remember when viewing the photographs that some have been taken at a greater magnification than normal vision.

  • Second Hand
  • In reasonable condition
  • The frames and hinges are good
  • The right lens is perfect.
  • The left lens has a 0.5mm chip, resembling a spec of dust. It's barely noticeable to the wearer

What are the measurements?

  • Each lens is a maximum 52mm wide and 48mm high
  • The frames are a maximum 132mm wide and 50mm high
  • The bridge is 21mm
  • The temple arm length is 140mm
  • They weigh 33 grams

How are glasses measured?

  • Someframes 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. "52[]19 ... 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.

If you have questions or would like more detailed pictures, just send us an email to help@3bearscottage.co.uk.

Maker
Bausch & Lomb Ray Ban
Material
metal and glass
Period
20th century (1900-1999)
Origin
America
Stock ID:
343
1 in stock
£86.00

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