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Ray Ban Vintage Sunglasses Review: Aviator, Wayfarer, Shooter, Gatsby, Teashades

Updated on January 5, 2015

Vintage Ray Ban

The continuing interest in modern Ray Ban sunglasses projects on the past as well, leading to a very lively market of vintage items. Practically all existing frames with a few decades of history, from all collections – classic Aviator and Wayfarer, many of which are no longer in production, as well as such rare models as Gatsby – possess vintage value that increases over time. A regular day on eBay features over 300 hundred products in this category.

Cases constitute a minor but interesting accessory – there are several types, and some sellers will go out of their way to include one in their offering. The most common consists of a leather pouch with a button clasp overlapping the main body.

Another, a simpler variation, features a plastic (or leather-cloth) glove-like fancy-bag that may include a springy inlay on the rim; when pressed, the bag will open and release the contents.

Ray Ban Vintage Teashades Sunglasses
Ray Ban Vintage Teashades Sunglasses

Rigid boxes marked with the original Ray Ban logo can also occasionally be found.

Vintage Models

The main attraction of vintage sunglasses is, of course, their uniqueness: not only have they often been pre-owned and worn, thereby carrying personal history – they also come in designs that are no longer in production today (Ray Ban consistently refresh their assortment to keep in touch with latest fashion trends).

In particular, Clubmaster and Wayfarer will display various degrees of frame thickness, different lens shapes, and a range of color schemes (for example Shooter spectacles with yellow Kalichrome lenses).


Vintage materials comprise yet another department of special interest. Thing done in the past were often less ergonomic than today's products, but they were made to last, and will usually exhibit unusual hardness and durability – some of which are sacrificed in modern manufacturing in favor of flexibility and comfort.

Importantly, recent developments in materials technology, for instance carbon fiber, or lens coatings, as it's incorporated in Ray Ban Tech sunglasses, allow to get the best of both worlds.


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