Ray-Ban 62mm Ambermatic Aviator Sunglasses

1 Vintage B&L Ray-Ban 62mm Ambermatic aviator sunglasses are the classic, with double aviator nose bridge and 62mm teardrop shaped aviator lenses using the famous Bausch & Lomb Ambermatic photochromatic optics. In the 1950s and 1960s, more and more pilots, aviators, sailors, and hunters discovered Ray-Ban Ambermatic sunglasses. They could offer a greater contrast between clouds and sky and made it easier to see objects while at the same time progressively blocking the light and providing 100% UV protection. Ray-Ban Ambermatic sunglasses have been called "smart sunglasses" given how they adjust to the prevailing light conditions at the time. On overcast and rainy days, Ray-Ban Ambermatic sunglasses have a light amber tint to cut through haze and sharpen vision. On warm and sunny days, they turn progressively more brown to block the glare. On cold and sunny days, the Ray-Ban Ambermatic aviator sunglasses and shooters change to dark gray for better protection from direct and reflected glare. On cloudy days, Ambermatic sunglasses change to a lighter brown. Following on the success of Ambermatic sunglasses, B&L Ray-Ban subsequently introduced the Changeables line of photochromatic sunglasses and shooters which offered very similar properties but in which the density color change was even more dramatic than in the Ambermatics.The Arista gold plated frame measures approximately 5.5" temple to temple with 62mm aviator lenses that measure 2.375" x 2.0" at the widest points. Both Ambermatic lenses are laser etched BL near the hinges indicating early B&L production c late 1960s - 1970s, and the top of the nose bridge is marked B&L Ray-Ban USA while the bottom of the bridge is marked B&L Ray-Ban 62 [] 14, all impressed in the gold plating.

Item VS313-1 / Price: $285.00

2 Identical vintage B&L Ray-Ban 62mm Ambermatic aviator sunglasses with regular paddle ear stems, identically marked on the frame but with Ambermatic lenses both laser etched BL near the hinges and the right lens laser etched Ray-Ban c mid 1980s.

Item VS313-2 / Price: $285.00

3 Step up another level beyond our already unequaled vintage condition standards with new old stock B&L Ray-Ban 62mm Ambermatic aviator sunglasses in mint, unworn condition. The top of the nose bridge is marked B&L Ray-Ban USA, the bottom of the bridge is marked B&L Ray-Ban 62 [] 14, and both lenses are laser etched BL.

Item VS313-3 / Price: SOLD

4 In another variation of marking conventions, Europeans may like to have early vintage B&L Ray-Ban 62mm Ambermatic aviator sunglasses produced for the European market. They are identical in size and appearance to those pictured below but are marked B&L Ray-Ban USA Lic. impressed in the gold plating, and both lenses are laser etched BL near the hinges facing horizontal as was the European convention. Rare.

Item VS313-4 / Price: $285.00


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