mens : ray-ban : k5510
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product code : k5510 : £ 195
  • 1980's layered dark tortoise and white plastic
    frame marked B&L RAY-BAN USA and BLAZER

  • Original B&L Ambermatic Full Mirror glass lenses



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other info
  • In 1978 Ray-Ban first introduced their Ambermatic lens -

    a unique photochromic lens that started off an amber yellow,

    darkened to golden brown in the sun yet in freezing conditions

    would change again to grey. Wow. (Here is an ad from 1978

    showing the Ambermatic in a Vagabond). This is the Full Mirror

    version, which looks only slightly mirrored in this amber phase,

    but gets more mirrored as it darkens. Ray-Ban said the mirror

    coating added, "extra glare protection to Ambermatic lenses

    for snow or water sports in which intense glare is often a problem."

    Blazer was part of Ray-Bans Sport Collection which first appeared

    in 1980. This colourway was simply called Dark Tortoise/White,

    with the white layer sandwiched between the two darker layers.

    With these lenses it was Ray-Bans most expensive sunglasses,

    retailing at $55, more than three times the price of the Wayfarer

    at the time, which is why it is so rare to find today.

    NB: the lenses have been marked down to 'good' not for any

    marks on the lenses, rather it is because at the lightest point -

    ie when indoors - the lenses at the top nasal corner have a lighter

    area - see top photo. This is less noticeable when they darken in

    the sun and not noticeable when wearing.

                                                           — klasik

vintage sunglasses : mens : 1980s Ray-Ban Blazer by BAUSCH & LOMB USA
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