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Ray-Ban is possibly the most famous brand of sunglasses in the world, their iconic Aviators have been and continue to be a massive contribution to that fame. Ray-Ban has been popular ever since the first pair of Aviator sunglasses were produced back in 1938. Aviators became super popular being the no.1 brand of pilots and quickly spread to the general public as the new go-to sunglasses. If you have ever watched a movie starring pilots, you’ll be sure to have seen a pair of Aviators!
The Ray-Ban eyewear brand was founded way back in 1936 by a company called Bausch & Lomb. Just like so many other eyewear brands of its time, Ray-Ban started out by producing eyewear for the military industry. Their goal was soon set to produce the best possible aviation sunglasses out there, to protect the pilots from the intense glares you face up in the sky. They created the first prototype for “anti-glare” which featured a plastic lens that significantly reduced the amount of glare from the sun, of which the pilots for a long time had problems to combat. All this without creating any visibility reduction. They remodeled the sunglasses with metal frames and the official Ray-Ban Aviators were then born in 1938.
There are a few very simple steps to make sure that your pair of Ray-Ban Aviators are the real deal. Original Ray-Ban Aviators will always have the letters “RB” etched onto the corner of the left lens. If your pair of Ray-Ban Aviators are missing the etched letters, if the etching is painted, or if it's of very poor quality it’s not the real deal!
Other simple steps to make sure that you have the real deal is to look at the box they were shipped in. All labels on the box should match the pair of sunglasses in your hand, authentic Ray-Ban Aviators always come with a small booklet printed on top-quality paper.
You could also check the serial number imprinted in the left temple arm of your Ray-Ban sunglasses. The number will always start with RB and will be clearly etched and properly centered and aligned with the arm. The only exception to this is the Aviators, due to their thin arms they lack this serial number.
One of the biggest flaws of owning and wearing a pair of fake Ray-Ban Aviators is the lack of protection from the sun. CE-marked sunglasses give you a guarantee that the sunglasses have adequate UV-protection. Wearing sunglasses that lack this type of UV-protection seriously puts your eyes in harm's way.
When browsing for polarized sunglasses online it can be hard to tell if the ones you’re looking at are, in fact, polarized. Whether you pick the classic Aviators or Wayfarers most models are available with polarized lenses. However, do not make the assumption that all Ray-Ban Aviators are polarized. There’s an easy way to check that the sunglasses you’re looking at are polarized; all polarized sunglasses from Ray-Ban come with the letter “P” in cursive script next to the Ray-Ban logo on one of the lenses.
If you’re looking to read up more about what polarized sunglasses are and the benefits of it, we have a great article in our Optical Center, you can find it here.
Picking the right size is just as important as picking the model, getting the right size for your sunglasses will elevate the look to a new level. The right size for you all depends on the shape and size of your face, if you need tips you can check out our face shape guide here.
Aviator comes in three different sizes, 55, 58, and 62. Aviator Cockpit sunglasses are available in sizes 56 and 59. The numbers are a collective measurement for all the different parts of the sunglasses and not just one part of the frame. If you already have a pair of sunglasses with which size you are comfortable, you can easily find the size on the arms of the frames or in the box in which you got your sunglasses. That way you can easily pick out new Ray-Ban Aviators that either match or are similar to the size of your old sunglasses.
Here at SmartBuyGlasses, we are all about making your online shopping experience the best possible, that’s why, besides providing you with useful tips and guides, we also have the groundbreaking Virtual Try On-tool. With Virtual Try-On you can scout through a big portion of sunglasses and glasses and within seconds have a 180-degree picture of you with the new frames on! Simply record a 5-second selfie video either with your laptop or your mobile device and you’re set to go browsing!
Here at SmartBuyGlasses, we are proud to have you as a customer, that’s why we want to give you the best possible shopping experience but also a post-shopping experience. Cause face it, wearing your new pair of sunglasses and making sure they’re just as great as you thought they’d be is the most important part. That’s why we’re giving you a 2-year warranty on all manufactory errors as well as a 100-day hassle-free return policy, didn't you end up in love with what you got? No worries! Just contact our support and return it.