Bausch & Lomb has been around a long, long time but it wasn’t until 1936 that they started the Ray Ban line of sunglasses for pilots. The classic aviator sunglasses are still the standard of cool. In 1956 Ray Ban broke from the metal eyewear and took advantage of the new plastic molding technology to produce the Wayfarer. The design was a radically new shape, “a mid-century classic to rival Eames chairs and Cadillac tail fins.” They were huge in the 1950’s and 60’s but the black hole of the 1970’s swallowed them up and the Wayfarer almost disappeared completely. A few endorsement deals later and Tom Cruise was Risky Businessesing his way into movie history. The 1980’s brought a revival to the brand and the Wayfarer was selling like hot cakes again.
This pair is an excellent example of the Ray Ban Wayfarer from the 1980’s. The condition is terrific and let’s be honest, these were made in the USA long before Ray Ban was sold off to Luxottica and set on fire in the pile of mediocrity. These have weight and are well made. This sale price isn’t terribly surprising either.
Here are the auction details:
Seller: omegaconstellations / Wales, UK
Label: Bousch & Lomb Ray Ban