product code : k5425 :
Metzler started in Paris in 1830 but moved their production
to Stuttgart (Germany) in 1911- where 108 years later, they
are still going. One of the great quality makers of eyewear
who were there when cinema showcased European style to
the world. As we have mentioned before, La Dolce Vita (1960)
probably started it for men's fashions and sunglasses, and Metzler
and Zeiss were there in Germany, for the luxury end of the market.
Optical quality frames teamed with Zeiss Umbral mineral glass
lenses for the ultimate pair of 'top drawer' European men's
sunglasses. The additional cost of importing these sunglasses
would have made them expensive - but oh so worth it. This pair
in 1/20 10k gold fill, as marked on the inside bridge which
made them amongst the most expensive sunglasses on the market
at the time, which was around the late 1960s and early 70s.
We found this pair with the original Umbral 85s in place but
were slightly worn so we had them replaced with new Umbral 85s,
the only difference is the etched logo is not the early one but
the new one that came out in the 80s. The Metzler and Zeiss
branding on the temples has all but disappeared from being worn,
just a ghosting remains. However there is no deterioration of the
gold fill frame: that was the reason so much gold was used in these
high-end sunglasses, so that they would last a lifetime....or two.