Vintage B&L Ray-Ban USA RB3447 (Legends)

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Remember this entry where I was wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses? Here's the story behind it... I found this pair of vintage Ray-Ban sitting on top of my parents' dining table. Since nobody was using it, I took it home with me ; p When I borrowed my dad's new pair of Ray-Ban RB 3025 Aviator Large Metal Sunglasses for review, I noticed that the pair I took home was not Made in Italy. To make the long story short, I ended up researching online and now, I am sharing with you what I found.

Ray-Ban® RB3447

The Ray-Ban® RB3447 sunglasses are totally retro. This look has been worn by legendary musicians and inspired by the 1960s counter-culture when this style first originated. The Ray-Ban unisex metal, iconic sunglasses are known for their defined round crystal lenses and distinct shape; which exudes coolness and remains symbolic of peace and individuality. These sunglasses are a true statement piece while providing the quality and protection expected of Ray-Ban. Thin tubular lines allow for a more lightweight feel. A curved brow bar, adjustable nose pads, and thin metal temples with plastic end tips rest comfortably behind the ears. A Ray-Ban signature appears on the inside of the temple as well as exterior temples while a classic Ray-Ban signature logo is laser inscribed on the lens. These iconic Ray-Ban sunglasses fit well on small to medium faces. Comes in mirrored, gradient colored, or polarized lenses. Ray-Ban RB3447 sunglasses are prescription friendly and will command attention. - Ray-Ban

This pair of Ray-Ban is also known as "John Lennon Ray-Ban" sunglasses because of its classic round feature.

Now, how to spot a fake Ray-Ban after the break...

  Ray-Ban logo and B L etched on the glass (right eye)
Bausch & Lomb (B&L) USA used to own Ray-Ban. Ray-Ban made before 1997 was Made in USA and has the letters "B" & "L" marking etched on both lenses. Year 1998, Luxottica Group bought Ray-Ban. It is now Made in Italy, it is no longer made in the USA and has the letters "R" & "B" markings.

In the photo above, the Ray-Ban logo is in gold.

Ray-Ban hinge (top view)

Ray-Ban screws are anodized. It means it is coated with a protective oxide layer by an electrolytic process in which the metal forms the anode.

001/14 Gold (Arista)/Crystal Green
Ray-Ban (RB3447-18) 001/14

Frame: Gold (Arista)
Lens: Crystal Green

I found on Ray-Ban website under Legends that a brand new pair would cost you $160 (shipping not included). I got it for FREE ; p

BL etched on glass (left eye)
 Vintage Ray-Ban sunglasses have the letter B & L etched on both lenses.

Ray-Ban earpiece or temple tips

Ray-Ban bridge

back of bridge

"B&L RAY-BAN U.S.A." was engraved at the back of the bridge. 

nose pad (right eye)

nose pad (left eye)
 The engraving "B" & "L" is in the pad arm and not in nose pad.

a closer look at the pad arm

Ray-Ban temples
 The temples have the same design as the bridge and rims of the glasses.

rims up close
Overall, I love that I got this pair of vintage Ray-Ban without spending a single cent. It is really nice to rummage my parent's house once in awhile. I find treasures like this that is worth keeping ; p

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