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- metal frame
- Gradient lens
- 100% UV protection coating
- Lens width: 55 millimeters
- Lens height: 45 millimeters
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Currently one of the most iconic sunglass models in the world, Ray-Ban Aviator Classic sunglasses were originally designed for U.S. aviators in 1937. Aviator Classic sunglasses are a timeless model that combines great aviator styling with exceptional quality, performance and comfort.
Introduced in 1937, the aviator gets its name from the aid it provided US Air Force Pilots with decreasing glare in flight. It has an iconic design that will last and last for years to come, plus a durable and lightweight metal frame, 100% UV protected lenses, and comfortable rubber nose pads.See all Product description
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 2.8 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Origin: Italy
- ASIN: B001GNBJS2
- Item model number: 0RB3025
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 29, 2010
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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So, that's the package. It's as pictured here, and I start with that description because there is always going to be some trepidation at buying something like this online. Will you get The Real Deal, or a cheap knock-off? Well, I purchased mine from Amazon, not from a third-party seller, to reduce that risk, and I am not disappointed.
Now to the sunglasses themselves. I think that there are a few things to know, for someone considering Ray-Ban sunglasses:
- they come in a very wide variety of frame sizes, lens tints and colors, polarized and non-polarized, and with different frame colors and finishes. If you are not already familiar with these sunglasses and know what you want, then my recommendation is that you first go to the Ray-Ban website and familiarize yourself with those variations, especially if you think that you will want something other than the Traditional Gold Frame, Green Lens sunglass. Once at the Ray-Ban website, select 'customize' at the top, and you'll find yourself on a page where you have the full ability to vary the choices I've summarized below. These variations can all be found on Amazon although navigating through all of the sellers and product pages on Amazon that list the different variations of these sunglasses can be very time consuming and confusing.
- For the 3025 Aviator style, the following variations are available:
--- There are no less than 35 choices of lenses - 'classic', 'legends', 'gradient', 'mirrored and flash', and 'polarized'
--- There are 8 variations in frame color - basic colors of gold and matte gold, and 'trendy' colors of black and 5 others
--- There are 5 choices of temple tips (the end of the earpiece) - black or white as basic choices, and brown, beige or transparent also available
--- There are a three different sizes available for the Ray-Ban Large Aviator RB3025. THIS IS IMPORTANT:
----------- 58 14 135: the basic standard size is 58 mm lens diameter, 14 mm bridge width, with temple length 135 mm
----------- 55 14 135: slightly smaller lens size, with same bridge width and temple length
----------- 62 14 140: larger lens size and temple length
--- There are also further variations to the Aviator sunglass:
----------- Large Aviator II RB3026: only available as 62 14 140
----------- Small Aviator RB3044: only available as 52 14 135
----------- Folding Aviator RB3479: available in 55 14 140 and 58 14 145
----------- Outdoorsman II RB3029 (includes 'brow bar' or 'sweat bar'): available in 62 14 140
----------- Outdoorsman RB3030 (includes ''brow bar' or 'sweat bar' plus cable temples): available in 58 14 160
----------- Outdoorsman II Rainbow RB3407 (with 'brow bar' in pink and possibly other color variations): available in 55 14 135 and 58 14 135
----------- Outdoorsman II Craft RB3422Q (with 'brow bar' and temple pads in genuine hand stitched deer leather): available in 58 14 135
----------- Shooter RB3138 (with 'brow bar' or 'sweat bar' and a small circle just below the brow bar. Also the lenses are placed closer together than other Aviator models): available in 58 09 135
- once you have figured out what you want, then the complexity is reduced and it's simply a matter of determining which seller is offering the best price. My own choice was to purchase from Amazon, not from a third-party seller, and I actually ordered two different pairs of sunglasses because I wanted to try both the polarized and non-polarized lenses, and the choices I found also had some variation in frame color that I thought would be worth checking out. I therefore purchased for myself, from Amazon, the following two pairs:
- Ray-Ban Men's Aviator Large Metal Sunglasses, RB3025, 58mm, polarized lens, grey frame, 135 mm temple
- Ray-Ban Men's Aviator Large Metal Non-Polarized Sunglasses, RB3025, 58mm, gold frame, 135 mm temple
The quality of these sunglasses is apparent from the first moment when you remove them from the case. The frames are very high quality, and the gold frame in particular is finished to a high polish and looks absolutely fabulous. The gray frame is less distinctive but equally handsome. I haven't used them in the sunlight for long enough yet to be able to know the difference between the polarized and non-polarized lenses, but my expectation is that the polarized lenses will be my choice for the brightest days and outdoor use, particularly occasions such as on the water. Both glasses provide a good degree of sun protection without darkening my vision overmuch. And both provide the UV protection that my eye doctor told me to get.
I think that some adjustment is going to be necessary, to the nose pieces as well as the temples, to get these to fit exactly right. I'll take them to one of the local optometrist shops and see if I can get them to help with that, so that they are adjusted correctly.
Ray-Ban 3025 Aviator. I'm pleased with my choice.
Ray-Ban's are made in Italy, China, and even the U.S., so keep that in mind. I'm hoping these sunglasses last a while and don't come apart or break easily as some have claimed. I admit that I would have been slightly disappointed if they said made in China.
The size (or diameter) I chose was the 55. All I know is that I got lucky, because I had no clue what diameter to get and they fit perfectly. Unless you are 100% sure of what pair of sunglasses you want, I still think it's best to go to a sunglasses store and try some on and write down the information about the pair you like. I think more often than not, Amazon is cheaper than most of those stores.
OH, IMPORTANT TIP: a lot of different stores or companies sell Ray-Ban's on Amazon, but not all of them are certified sellers. The certified sellers (of which Amazon is one) include a manufacturers warranty. When I say that Amazon is a certified seller, I'm not saying the website. Look at who is selling the sunglasses. If it says sold and fulfilled by Amazon, then you will get a manufacturers warranty. I don't know what other sellers on Amazon are "certified" sellers, but maybe someone else knows.
Well worth the money...that's about all I can say.
*** Make sure you get the right size!!! <--- Super important!
As soon as I tried the glasses on when I got them, they slid right off my face. I tried to adjust the nose pad things to make it fit but it did not work. After doing some research I realized that I should've gotten a thinner bridge for my thin nose. I didn't want to take it to a shop to get it fixed so I just gave it to my brother as a gift. He uses it regularly and loves it! It makes him look like a k-pop star hah