1 Vintage B&L Ray-Ban 62mm gold aviator sunglasses with traditional paddle ear stems are an iconic classic in vintage sunglass design and have stood the test of time. Bausch & Lomb created aviator sunglasses and anti-glare G-15 lenses like these in response to a need in the US military for high optical quality sunglasses that could protect pilots and others in the armed forces from the dangerous effects of glare. Subsequently marketed to the general public in the early 1950s, both 58mm and 62mm aviators became wildly popular. These early B&L Ray-Ban 62mm aviator sunglasses were manufactured c mid 1970s - mid 1980s, with frame measuring approximately 5.5" temple to temple and 62mm lenses measuring approximately 2.375" x 2.125" at the widest points. Both lenses are laser etched BL near the hinges, and the right lens is laser etched Ray-Ban. The top of the nose bridge is marked B&L Ray-Ban USA while the bottom of the nose bridge is marked B&L Ray-Ban 62  14, all impressed in the gold plating, part of a collection of fine and early Ray-Ban aviators owned by a top commercial pilot for British Airways.
Item VS722-1 / Price: $265.00
2 Slightly larger vintage B&L Ray-Ban 64mm gold aviator sunglasses are identical in appearance but feature Bausch & Lomb 64mm lenses, the largest size aviator lens they ever produced. As with the 62mm, 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 64  14 all impressed in the gold plating. The frame measures approximately 5.675" temple to temple with 64mm G-15 anti-glare lenses measuring 2.375" x 2.125" at the widest points; the right lens is laser etched Ray-Ban and both lenses are laser etched BL.
Item VS722-2 / Price: $325.00
3 Vintage B&L Ray-Ban W0500 64mm aviator identical to #2 above but produced c early 1980s, after Bausch & Lomb introduced W model numbers on frames to combat counterfeits. Appearance and all lens and frame marks are identical but here one ear pad is also impressed W0500 WYAO.
Item VS722-3 / Price: SOLD
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