Ray-Ban 12k GF Caravan Tru Pilot Sunglasses

1 Vintage Ray-Ban 12k GF Caravan Tru Pilot mirrored sunglasses are one of the rarest styles ever produced and desired by collectors, pilots, and fashion afficianados alike. These amazing Bausch & Lomb mirrored lenses were manufactured with a precise line of demarcation between the fully mirrored, highly reflective top 2/3 of the lens surface while the bottom on each side of the nose is completely clear. The purpose of this design was to allow pilots, racing drivers, and others to have the full benefit of the anti-glare full mirror coating when looking anywhere but downward where it was beneficial to have clear glass to read control and instrument panels. This innovative design was wildly popular, but it was expensive to manufacture these sunglasses so B&L produced them in only very small quantities and a few number of years. The top of the nose bridge is impressed B&L Ray-Ban USA while the bottom of the bridge is impressed B&L Ray-Ban 1/10 12k GF. The unisex Ray-Ban Tru Pilot Caravan frame measures approximately 5.375" temple to temple with lenses measuring approximately 2.125" x 1.875" at the widest points and both lenses laser etched BL near the hinges or at the top center. Rare.

Item VS426-1 / Price: $625.00

1A Otherwise identical in size, shape, and appearance, the very earliest production of B&L Ray-Ban Tru Pilot mirrored Caravan sunglasses pre-dated the introduction of an impressed Ray-Ban mark on the frame, with the top of the nose bridge impressed simply B&L USA c 1950s.

Item VS426-1A / Price: $625.00

2 Vintage B&L Ray-Ban 12k GF Caravan Tru Pilot mirrored Outdoorsman sunglasses are identical in size and appearance to option 1 above but feature Outdoorsman shooter ear stems instead of regular paddle stems for a particularly secure fit. The top of the nose bridge is impressed B&L Ray-Ban USA while the bottom of the bridge is impressed B&L 58 [] 16 USA.

Item VS426-2 / Price: SOLD

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