Ray-Ban 12k GF 58mm RB-3 Aviator Sunglasses
1 Rare 1940s / early 1950s B&L Ray-Ban 58mm 12k GF aviator sunglasses feature the early Ray-Ban RB-3 Tru Green lenses. The Ray-Ban RB-3 lens was developed for the US military and feature "absorption balanced with the eye's sensitivity to colors for peak acuity." The 12k gold filled frame stands the test of time, with 1/10 of the metal used in the frame being 12k gold and of course all on the exterior plating. Early Ray-Ban 58mm Tru Green aviators are hard to find and were produced in only small quantities, and today they're very popular with both men and women. The top of the nose bridge is marked Ray-Ban (a very early mark pre-dating the later use of B&L Ray-Ban USA), and the bottom of the bridge is marked B&L 1/10 12k GF all impressed in the gold plating. The frame measures approximately 5.25" temple to temple, and the 58mm RB-3 Tru Green lenses measure approximately 2.125" x 1.875" at the widest points.

Item VS630-1 / Price: SOLD

2 Identical in appearance other than marks, these vintage B&L Ray-Ban 58mm RB-3 aviator sunglasses c 1970s were produced after most of the 12k GF marks were retired and the company was transitioning to the term Arista to refer to their gold plating. In terms of quality we don't discern any difference, and all vintage B&L Ray-Ban gold plating retains its beautiful finish over the years if properly cared for and in marked contrast to most other gold plated brands of sunglasses. These vintage Ray-Ban 58mm aviators are impressed B&L Ray-Ban USA above the bridge and B&L Ray-Ban 58 [] 14 below the bridge.

Item VS630-2 / Price: $325.00

3 Produced a little later c mid 1980s - early 1990s, these vintage Ray-Ban 58mm RB-3 aviator sunglasses are identical with the exception that these RB-3 lenses are laser etched Ray-Ban on the right lens and both lenses are laser etched BL at the hinge points.

Item VS630-3 / Price: SOLD

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