Vintage Ray-Ban 12k GF Kalichrome Outdoorsman Shooter Sunglasses

1 Vintage Ray-Ban 12k GF 58mm Kalichrome Outdoorsman shooter sunglasses c 1960s - 1970s were an optical innovation by Bausch & Lomb that's really never been equaled, and they are still in high demand by hunters, target and skeet shooters, and fashion afficianados who know the yellow Kalichrome lenses always generate questions and compliments. The Kalichrome mineral glass lens was first produced by Bausch & Lomb in the 1950s, and if you've never worn them let's just say that how they enhance and sharpen the visual acuity in haze and low light conditions is rather amazing. The unisex Ray-Ban 12k GF shooter frame measures approximately 5.25" temple to temple, and the B&L 58mm Kalichrome C lenses measure approximately 2.25" x 1.875" at the widest points. The top of the nose bridge is impressed Ray-Ban and the bottom of the bridge is impressed B&L 1/10 12k GF which signifies that 1/10 of the metal in the frame is 12k gold which is of course the external plating. Rare.

Item VS601-1 / Price: SOLD

2 Identical in size, shape, and appearance but just slightly earlier albeit overlapping in production, top of the bridge is marked B&L Ray-Ban USA and the bottom of the bridge is marked B&L 1/30 10k GO USA. The 10k GO (Gold Overlay) mark was soon replaced by the GF (Gold Filled) mark although they mean the same thing, and production of marked 12k GF frames became more standard. Very rare.

Item VS601-2 / Price: $385.00

3 Still identical in size, shape, and appearance, Bausch & Lomb in the mid 1970s once again changed their marking conventions and the top of the nose bridge is impressed B&L Ray-Ban USA and the bottom of the bridge is impressed B&L 1/10 12k GF.

Item VS601-3 / Price: SOLD

4 And finally still identical in size, shape, and appearance, Bausch & Lomb in the early to mid 1980s introduced what was to be their final marking convention for the 58mm Kalichrome Outdoorsman prior to the cessation of production in the late 1980s - very early 1990s. The top of the nose bridge is impressed B&L Ray-Ban USA while the bottom of the bridge is impressed B&L 58 [] 14 USA. Rare

Item VS601-4 / Price: SOLD

4A Step up another level beyond our already unequaled vintage condition standards with new old stock Ray-Ban 58mm Kalichrome Outdoorsman shooter sunglasses in mint, unworn condition. The top of the nose bridge is marked B&L Ray-Ban USA while the bottom of the bridge is marked B&L 58 [] 14 USA all impressed in the gold plating.

Item VS601-4A / Price: $485.00


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