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

Postby Mystery, Inc. on Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:30 am

Or lack there of I should say....


I got a vintage pair of B&L Ray-Ban Wayfarer II's from my grandmother a couple days ago.
Heres some pictures of them.
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I tried searching online for other matching vintage pairs, to get an idea of what they're worth; and could only find a few listings for the all black ones like I have.

It was then I noticed some differences between mine and the vintage ones online.

-The hinges are different, there is only a "rounded tab" on one side of the hinge on my pair, while the same "rounded tab" is visible on both sides of the hinge on others I've seen.
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-There are the two etched "BL" logos on the lenses signifying they are genuine B&L glass optics, as there should be. However, there is no B&L logo on the inside frame of the glasses on the plastic just above the lens as there should be.
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-Also, if you look at the arms; the part that goes over your ear is much more "hook shaped" then the others I've seen. You can see by the angle of the tips of the arms when folded; mine stick out right at the bottom of the lense (as in my below photo), while the other vintage Wayfarer II's stick out to the sides more as seen [url]here[/url]http://www.superfuture.com/supertalk/showthread.php?t=172815 You can also see the difference in the hinge in the photos in that link as well.
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Also, There is no model # anywhere on the glasses at all!

I know these are real, I've owned Wayfarer's before. Do I have some kind of prototype or something?



Heres a website showcasing vintage Wayfarer II's to compare to my pictures.

[url]The hinge (click on the third picture)[/url]http://www.vintage-sunglasses-shop.com/eyewear_Ray-Ban-Wayfarer-II_display_4596.html
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby dannyv on Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:19 am

Well, we had someone from Ray-Ban here a couple of days ago and this question came up!

The B&L stands for Bausch and Lomb. The reason for that is that Bausch & Lomb used to manufacturer the sunglasses and than Ray-Ban bought them out so they of course do not include the logos anymore.

You will now only see the Ray-Ban logo on the non-prescription lenses. They seem to be in great condition too, so that is great you are holding those. They have some new models of the Ray-Ban Wayfarer II you might like also.

I hope this was of some help to you.

Great pictures by the way!
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby Mystery, Inc. on Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:36 am

Thanks Danny!

I know B&L was in conjunction with Ray-Ban.

Im just wondering why these frames have not serial or product number on them, no B&L logo etched into the plastic, and different hinges?
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby dannyv on Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:34 am

Hmm...

Good question! I really tried to research this to see why that would be, but maybe you do have a prototype to be honest. But you are right, they do seem real.

I hope you find out exactly what you have, let us know.

In the mean time, hang on to those.

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

Postby Mystery, Inc. on Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:11 pm

^^^^ Thats what I tried to do Danny, I looked all over the interwebs and couldn't find a single thing.

I'm gonna throw these pics on a few other forums and see what I get. I'll for sure hold on to them tho, they are great shades!
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby Nickhudspeth on Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:57 am

I've actually got a pair of the same vintage glasses! I found this thread while trying to find more information about them, so if you discover anything please let me know.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby smurphy1011 on Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:20 pm

Hey i have those same glasses same color and same B&L logo on the lenses ours our the exact same!!!! mine dont have any of the B and L symbols on the frame either its only on the lenses. mine belonged to my grandmas last husband and i found them in his office floor 12 years after he passed away!!
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby Glady on Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:18 am

I have 1 pair of Ray Ban foldable waferers which my dad bought maybe 15 years ago and i want to know their model because i think they are vintage.. Can you help me please!
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby larumd on Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:28 pm

The current model is the Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses RB4105. Check them out!
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby visitor on Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:55 am

I have the b&l wayfarer L1724 PRAS. Traded my friend some marc jacobs. He said it was his grandfathers. Says he had it since the 70s
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby larumd on Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:46 pm

NICE, a piece of history.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby shimandhim on Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:43 pm

I have a pair, also real, ( no BL logo's, ) wayfarer II, also have the original case. if in great condition, what would a rough value be ??
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby larumd on Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:42 am

Hard to say. Because they are no longer in production we have no price point to base that request off of. You might have to post them on Ebay and see what people are willing to pay for them.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby Jaymo1978 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:22 pm

Hey all! Glad to find this thread! I got a pair at a thrift store today, not knowing if they were genuine, but it turns out they ARE. Thing is, I'm not sure how old they are or what model. I'm in the same boat as the O/P because they have the rounded inside hinge, BL etching on the lenses and RayBan Wayfarer II imprint inside each bow, but with NO model #. The frame is either black or VERY dark brown below the lens and inside the bow, but the outside of the bow and above the lens is a sort of corrugated gold color.

Should I post some pics, or maybe contact RB directly? I'm really curious what I have!

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

Postby larumd on Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:39 am

Thanks for the post. I am sure our readers would love to see a picture of them. Contacting Ray-Ban would be a great idea too.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby Bauhaus82 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:11 pm

Bro, what you have there MIGHT be an early production run for the Wayfarer II before Ray-Ban did some slight changes for the rest of the production run of the Wayfarer II? But that's just a guess.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby pedrozappa on Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:40 pm

Yeah.. that looks like an early model of the ones I have and am looking for a replacement of.. except in tortoise shell, I bought mine a long time ago and never have found another pair identical for sale at a reasonable price..

The only difference between your pair and mine by looking at the pics seems to be the inside hinge is a bit different- the outside is identical.. enjoy them or let someone else do it for you..
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby Jon on Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:23 pm

My mom was just at a goodwill and found an identical pair in better shape for 2 bucks!! I had her pick them up figuring its got to be worth something. Was looking for more info on them and found your thread. The hinges are u shaped the same with identical markings.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby larumd on Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:28 am

I love Thrift Stores. Great find.
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Re: Vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer II B&L Strange Markings?

Postby suzette on Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:19 pm

I was having the same problem- I cant find the model number until I saw the right side end(the one that touches your ear when you wear them) It's engraved. try to check if it's placed there too.:)
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