Ray-Ban "The General" Ambermatic Aviator Sunglasses

1 Vintage B&L Ray-Ban Ambermatic aviator sunglasses with the famous pearlized General bar that adds balance on the face and was the reason - more so than style - that it was so widely adopted in the military and by civilian hunters and shooters. These vintage General Ambermatics are much less common than Ambermatic shooters, but for those who like the on and off ease of traditional paddle ear stems on sunglasses this is the Ambermatic style for you. While pilots initially wore Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses with green G-15 lens in the 1940's, 1950s, and 1960s, more and more pilots, aviators, sailors, and hunters discovered 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. The Ray-Ban aviator frame measures approximately 5.25" temple to temple, and the top of the nose bridge is marked B&L Ray-Ban USA while the bottom is marked B&L Ray-Ban 58 [] 14 all impressed in the gold plating. The right lens is laser etched Ray-Ban and both lenses are laser etched BL, part of the collection of a west coast actor and customer of the Vintage Sunglasses Shop.

Item VS374-1 / Price: $385.00

2 Earlier version of B&L Ray-Ban 58mm Ambermatic General sunglasses but c 1960s - mid 1970s pre-dating the laser etching of the Ray-Ban logo on the lens; identical in appearance otherwise and marked B&L Ray-Ban USA above the bridge and B&L Ray-Ban 58 [] 14 below the bridge.

Item VS374-2 / Price: $385.00

3 Vintage B&L Ray-Ban Ambermatic General sunglasses identical in appearance but with slightly larger B&L 62mm Ambermatic lenses. 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 to denote the 62mm lens size, and the lenses pre-date the laser etching of the Ray-Ban logo.

Item VS374-3 / Price: $385.00


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