Before we tell you how to check whether a pair of Ray-Bans are original, let’s address the fact that a lot of people would dismiss them as simply ‘overpriced’ or not worth it. Sure they’re priced a little on the higher side, but there are reasons for it. Getting a pair of sunglasses that just look the part isn’t enough, it has to be functional as well right? And in the case of Ray-Bans, this is important because:
Fake Ray-ban sunglasses don’t provide any protection. They’re simply darkly tinted glasses, which cause more harm than good to your eyes. Under the shade or in low light conditions, your pupils dilate to let more light in, and they do so under these glasses as well. But since there’s no UV protection of any kind, you’re actually exposed to more harmful UV radiation than ever, and are at risk of several eye disorders with regular use.
Ray-Bans are made of extremely high quality materials. They are durable and don’t scratch easily as well. Knockoffs are prone to breaking or shattering, and can cause injuries in some cases.
The originals have to be priced higher to factor in the costs of counterfeiting, which means that knockoffs are indirectly responsible for higher prices.
Last, and probably most important, is that genuine Ray-Bans look classy, and anyone who has a good eye can spot fake Ray-bans, which will only make you look rather cheap.
Now, on to the most important part, checking whether the Ray-Ban sunglasses you bought, or going to buy are genuine. There’s a couple of things you need to check, so you will need to be patient and be aware of certain quality conventions. For example, it helps if you can understand high quality printing versus low quality printing. Here’s what you need to check for:
First, see if the box you got the glasses in has two proper barcodes, model name, lens description, a product serial number and is printed properly. If the box seems flimsy or too shiny, it’s probably not an original. Also note that boxes can easily be tampered with, so you might get an original box but counterfeit glasses. Always be wary of sellers that don’t let you check the product before buying.
Once you open the box, check the case. It should be made of high quality leather without seams, and should have the Ray-Ban logo engraved in gold or black, depending on the case color. Again, check the quality of the logo. If it seems flaky, out of alignment or can be scratched off, it’s not genuine. The inside of the case should be lined with red or black felt, again, depending on the model. Finally, check if the popper button also has the logo on it.
The contents of the package should include: one pair of sunglasses, a booklet called ‘The Icons’, a manufacturers note and a branded cleaning cloth. Again, the booklet paper and printing quality should be a dead giveaway for fakes. The cleaning cloth should have a red Ray-Ban logo on the bottom right, and not have any seams or threads sticking out. Finally, if your glasses inside the package came in a plastic bag, they’re probably fake.
Now, we get to the actual sunglasses. First of all, the lenses should be properly tinted and not seem like it’s uneven. There should be a label on the lens with the Ray-Ban logo and lens type on it. It should be a high quality sticker that sticks by static, and not adhesive. On the top left side of the glasses, there should be the Ray-Ban logo engraved. If it looks faded, can be scratched off, flaky or printed on, it may not be an original. You should also check on the bottom right of the glasses for the ‘RB’ etching. It should be clean, perfectly done, use the correct font, and be right next to the hinge. Note that models prior to 2000 will have ‘B&L’ etched, which stands for Bausch & Lomb.
Check the temple hinges. This is one sure shot way to figure out fakes. Genuine Ray-Bans will have proper metal hinges, while fakes will have cheap plastic ones. Any model prior to 2010 will have 7 fingers, while post 2010 will have 3. For Aviators, the hinges should be attached with metal Philips screws. Basically, the hinges should be embedded properly in the glasses and shouldn’t seem glued on.
If your Ray-Ban model came with nose pads, you should be able to see a tiny ‘RB’ etched under the clear resin pad. It should be of the correct size, font, and centered perfectly. For Aviators, also check if ‘Ray-Ban’ followed by a size code is etched under the nose bar. Verify this is proper by checking with the code on the inside left temple arm.
The inside left temple arm should have ‘RB’ followed by the model number etched, along with the size code. Check if it has been printed properly, is centered and doesn’t peel off easily. The font should also be spaced and aligned properly. Also see the same for the inside right temple arm, which should have details of the Ray-Ban model, say ‘Made in Italy’ and have a stylized ‘CE’. Check all the serial and manufacturing numbers with the ones on the retail packaging. Note that thin arm glasses like Aviators may not have this.
And finally, check the logo on the temple of the glasses. It should be cleanly attached, be flush with the arm, and not stuck on or glued on. Again, thin arm glasses may not have this. For other types, also check if the arms feel solid and slightly heavy, because genuine glasses have metal frames underneath the arms.
So there you have it, the one stop guide to checking if Ray-Ban sunglasses are genuine or fake!