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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby larumd on Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:45 am

Thanks for the help Suzette!
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby Dave H on Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:33 am

Hi, you have the wayfarer II which came out in the mid-late 1970's. They differ in size and shape mainly the AxB dimensions (horizontal by vertical) which generally maintain a ratio for one size frame to another of the same. The next major difference which you observed is that the hinges are much different from the original. The hinge on the temples (bows or side pieces) is about the same as the same as the original in that they are attached by a shield that has two rivets attached to it which go through the plastic and metal core of the temple and through the two holes on the hinge where they are clipped and crowned over. The hinge on the "front" (the part that holds the lenses) on the original was attached the same way. On the wayfarer II they used a "hidden hinge" that has semi arrow shaped prongs that are heat sunk into the plastic, and the shield on the front was also heat sunk and serves for decoration only. The heat sink hinge is mostly what is used today. The old shield and hinge required several extra processes in fabrication such as routing the recesses for the hinges, drilling the holes for the shields-rivets, attaching and peening. So to save cost they used a hidden hinge.

The movies "The Blues Brothers", and "Risky Business" made these popular.

As for rarity I do not believe you have a prototype as they can look quite different than a finished product or look exactly the same where you couldn't tell them from a production.

Note: they are not built as robust as the original. The front hinges can get wiggly and pull out. The temple hinges can have the rivets loosen, bend and twist. All of these can be repaired if you can find an optical that has personnel that is familiar with and has a "staking kit" and a hidden hinge repair unit with any necessary replacement parts. NEVER USE KRAZY GLUE; it never ever holds for long and the solvents that may be necessary to remove it for a proper repair will destroy the frame and or lenses.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby Martamez on Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:31 pm

Glad to find so much info about the Wayfarer II's! My husband had a pair that he bought back in the late 70s/very early 80s, still in very good shape. The markings on the frame and lenses are identical to the pair that is pictured at the start of this thread EXCEPT that the hinges are full hinges (semicircular plates on BOTH sides of the hinge). Just thought I'd report that - so maybe ours are the earliest version of the Wayfarer IIs? We are not looking to sell them, I'm just curious to find out more about them. As a further note, my husband wore them all the time back in the 80s and sporadically since then and they have held up beautifully - they frame is still in great shape.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby Guest on Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:28 am

Martamez wrote:Glad to find so much info about the Wayfarer II's! My husband had a pair that he bought back in the late 70s/very early 80s, still in very good shape. The markings on the frame and lenses are identical to the pair that is pictured at the start of this thread EXCEPT that the hinges are full hinges (semicircular plates on BOTH sides of the hinge). Just thought I'd report that - so maybe ours are the earliest version of the Wayfarer IIs? We are not looking to sell them, I'm just curious to find out more about them. As a further note, my husband wore them all the time back in the 80s and sporadically since then and they have held up beautifully - they frame is still in great shape.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby larumd on Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:10 pm

Martamez,

It sounds like you have a very special pair of sunglasses in your possession.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby baylove415 on Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:28 pm

OK so I work at a recycling center for debri. I was going through a household load and found a pair of the same exact glasses u speak of with all the exact markings and all. If you have any more information can you please let me know?
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby larumd on Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:02 pm

Hi,

If they contain all the markings that we have chatted about I can confidently say they are authentic. You found a treasure. Keep them.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby janelle on Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:23 am

Hi,I have an old pair off RAY-BAN WAYFARER.the markings on them are.... on the arms is one side (left side) is .WAYFERER on the other arm (right side) is .B&L RAY-BAN U.S.A... on the top right of the frame (above the lens) is the SERIAL No. mine is .B&L 5024. ..also on the front off the left hand lens on the glass is B L.. Thats all the markings (writing on them) they are OLD but not sure how old, they are made with thicker materials and heaver than the modern Ray Bans, they are black with 4 silver type stud things(2 on front top corner lenses and 2 on the end (near lens) of arms, .. There is NO metal Ray Ban writing on the arms (as i thought that came out later on) as i have had a few pairs off Ray Bans over the years,.. Oh also they have rounded silver (colour) hinges with 4 rivets in each. If anyone has info about the glasses i have it would be great.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby larumd on Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:02 pm

Hello and thank you for posting.

Congratulations! You have a pair of the very rare and vintage Ray Ban B&L 5024 Wayfarer Sunglasses. They are first generation when produced by Bausch and Lomb, Ray-Ban's parent company at that time.

I hope that helps.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban B&L Buena Strange frame in frame?

Postby sunnyarizonahome on Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:20 pm

I have this pair of vintage Ray Ban B&L sunglasses (Buena model). They seem to have a metal frame imbedded into the plastic one, really cool looking.
Has anyone else seen a pair like these?

I do not see a link to add a photo...
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby larumd on Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:53 am

Try adding the picture link to any word.
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