Letter 28. Ray-Ban Sunglasses


Ray-Bans the brand with a reputation.

Statistics from Amazon.

Ray-Ban Outdoorsman 3030 Aviator Sunglasses with Wire Wrap Ears.  

  • Provides very good protection, and great visibility with Polariod and UV lenses.

  • The wire-wrap earpieces are comfortable, and provide excellent security.

  • The green glass lenses improve contrasts and metal frames are durable..

  • Some models blocks 100% UV 

  • 4.3 out of 5 stars for excellence.

Best buy :  Amazon

See the great variety of different frames, designs and prices Ray Ban has to offer, and after 75 years it is still the best and has longevity.

Ray Bans to the Test.

A Testimony 

A good friend who has used a Ray Ban for years under extreme conditions has this to say:

“I worked in the Oil fields all over the world for 47 years and only used my Ray Bans as protection, and believe me I really needed the best you can get. Everybody in my team used Ray Bans and all people I know in the industry use Ray Bans.

As a manager, out at sea on an Oil rig in the middle of the ocean, there is no room for errors. Every minute of every situation is a matter of life and death if you do not concentrate and focus. The dinosaurs did not die in the best of places on earth, and the rigs drilling for oil are miles and miles from civilization.

Everyday in full sunshine, the glare was extreme at 50 *C in Saudi. There is no second chance, all must always run perfectly, and Ray Bans live up to that standard, making the workplace safer. It has big glasses for better vision all around, especially looking down.

Once we had to move a Rig with all the equipment across the dessert in Libya and tracked for 12 days over dunes with big trucks, no roads just a guide and a compass. Ray Bans was an item we definitely could not go without in that blazing sun … and besides pilots don’t lie.

I have a second pair still flawless after 20 odd years of use.

I believe and trust in my Ray Bans”

Capt. Stephen Hayes from Britain.

I think that says a lot for Ray Bans, don’t you?

Not having  or every used a Ray Ban, it is one of the items high on my bucket list and will sure be worthwhile investing in.

Why should You Own a pair of Ray Ban Glasses?

  • Sits with great comfort on your face.

  • Polarized lenses are designed to reduce the glare from surfaces such as snow, water and glass. enhances clarity of vision, differentiate between contrasts and dimensions in the air, on the ground as well as in water.
  • Special polarized filters block the glare of sun rays, making it safe to work in the sun.

  • Blocks the UV [ultraviolet] rays of the sun which could damage the retina in your eyes.

  • Ray Bans has a reputation for excellent craftsmanship and very good quality materials, making it  one if not the best pair of sunglasses on the market.

  • It’s popularity is closely linked to the ownership of celebrities.

  • Besides all that, it has a style that fits all fashion trends over decades and lift any outfit to a higher level.

How can your eyes get damaged?

  • Not wearing sunglasses when in the sun. The Ultra Violet UV rays of the sun can damage the retina in the eye and over time, it put you at risk of developing cataracts and abnormal growths.

  • Wearing not UV approved or fake sunglasses. It is just coloured glass with no protection against the sun rays.

  • Make sure the colour of the glasses are dark enough to protect.

Why Ray Bans?

  • Protecting  your eyes against the bright sunlight with UV protection

  • Polarized lenses break up the glare of sun rays on water and glass, making the surroundings more clear.

  • All Ray Ban glasses have UV protection but not all are 100 percent.

  • Pilots are using the Ray Bans for a reason since 1937.

Outdoor Ray Bans

Ray Ban has a model that is perfect for the outdoor sportsmen and  women.

It has a wire wrap ear hook for a better fit and will not slide down.

The flexible hooks makes it easy to fit over normal glasses too, captain Hayes has used his Outdoor Ray Bans over his normal prescription glasses.

The Origin

Why do pilots wear Aviator Ray Bans.

During 1930 with the development of aircraft, in particular the military air crafts, the designs allow pilots to fly faster, higher and longer distances.

The pilots experience high levels of glare which lead to vision problems, headaches and altitude sickness. It reduced their ability to function at high levels and affected their accuracy.

A military sergeant-major MaCready requested the help of American company Blausch and Lomb to find a way to dealing with the problem and the Anti-Glare glasses were developed. In 1938 Ray Ban Aviators were patented and the military have used it ever since.

Later the company designed the first Ray Ban sunglasses for public use, and the rest is history.

Ray Ban Aviators


Ray Bans were made popular by J F Kennedy and the big breakthrough came with the movie Top Gun when Tom Cruise as a pilot wore Ray Bans. It became immensely popular and till today almost every celebrity is seen with a pair.

During 1999 the brand was sold to an Italian company Loxottica and is now situated in Milan.

Leonardo Del Vecchio the new owner, blew new life into the design with a variety of new frames and colours.

He owns about 80% of the eyeglass market worldwide, with Oakley in the stables too.

Many of the fashion houses such as Gucci and Channel have contracts with him.

Ray Ban Wayfarer

Ray-Ban Unisex New Wayfrer RB2132 901/58 Polarized 55mm


The popular Wayfarer has seen the light in 2006, with a new Ray Ban Frame. 


Ray Bans has kept up with modern technology and launched the Ray Ban Tech Fiber Collection with the latest techniques.

Future of Ray Bans

Ray Ban has signed a contract with Google to develop the Google Glass.

What is Google Glass?

“Google Glass is basically a piece of wearable technology. This looks similar to an ordinary pair of glasses, but enables the wearer to carry out many of the functions of a laptop or mobile device.

This voice-activated device lets you access the internet, store information, make calls, take photos – in fact, all the functions the modern, seamlessly connected user wants, but in an unobtrusive form.

Ray-Ban started with the aim of being at the very forefront of eye-ware development, designing and manufacturing sunglasses that gave outstanding performance as well as being totally fashionable.

As it approaches its 75th anniversary, it seems the Ray-Ban brand has every intention of maintaining this forward-looking approach and continuing to deliver iconic sunglasses that look beautiful and give unrivaled sun protection.”

Thanks to edel-optics.com for the historic information.

When next time you are in need of a pair of sunglasses remember, Ray Bans has the reputation, comfort and style to be the best buy you can make.

It will be an investment for a lifetime … and because captain Steve says so! 




8 Comments on “Letter 28. Ray-Ban Sunglasses”

  1. I didn’t know that there were as many different types that were put out by this company. I personally haven’t been one for sun glasses in the past, but this makes me consider what I would buy if I was looking. I guess the price listed was what would be considered “average” for a good pair ?

    1. Hi Justin, there are such a huge variety of shapes and colours.
      This new owner really caters for all tastes, classic as well as modern.
      I have seen a Ray Ban design advertised by Gucci, so Ray Ban is traveling far and wide.
      I read you must just make sure it is 100% UV protected if that is important.
      Somewhere I saw you can test the UV quality of glasses by holding the sun glass close to a credit card or paper money. If you see the letters it is not UV protected. If you can do the test, please let us know what you found.
      This example is on the high end price range, there are many with different prices on the same page.
      Thank you for stopping by and your comment.

  2. I’ve always been a big fan of Ray Ban sunglasses. I got my first pair when I was living in Paris, France during university and I’ve been wearing them ever since.
    Interested to learn more about the Google Glass collaboration!

    1. You have excellent taste Ashli!
      When you read the origin and how far it has come you realise the Ray Bans are the rock of sun glass.
      One can never go wrong when purchasing a pair.
      Yes it is the new techno version of Ray Bans, not for everybody I assume … lol
      Thank you for your comment I appreciate you dropping by.

  3. Hi Stella,
    I remember Ray Ban from years ago. When I was in high school, many moons ago, they were the sunglasses to have! I always wondered if they still made them! And now I know!

    Thank you, excellent article, very helpful too!
    Take care,
    Donna Rayne

    1. Hi Donna there is no chance for Ray Bans to go anywhere than getting bigger and better.
      It is the only brand with a specific design that is so recognizable, and has stood the test of time.
      Now you know what to buy next time!
      Thank you for stopping by and your comment.

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