Sure, we live in a disposable society where most of the western world are used to discarding slightly damaged or unwanted items, but if the worldwide economic downturn has taught us anything, it’s likely to be that not everything needs to be confined to the scrap heap and that some things are worth holding onto.

Take a recent customer of for example. who contacted us when his father’s “ancient Rayban sunglasses” sustained some damage whilst being in a drawer. The resulting damage was deemed to be so great that the owner was considering throwing them away, but before doing so decided to contact the world leading repair centre for Rayban sunglasses.

At repair Raybans, we always like to see photographs of any damage to fully assess how best to repair the frames and in this instance, our customer duly obliged and provided us with some great quality images of his father’s broken Rayban sunglasses. The repair itself appeared quite straight forward and would require our technicians to solder the broken section and re-plate in 22ct gold. Further examination of the frame showed a few tell-tail signs that this may not simply be a standard frame so we suggested that the gentleman opted to take out enhanced insurance for his postage as it was possible that the Rayban sunglasses in his possession were just a little bit special.

True to his word, the gent posted his father’s Raybans for repair and as suspected, the frames were indeed a little bit special, they were in fact a pair of Rayban General aviators and apart from the damage to the side (arm), they were otherwise in mint condition.

Our repair team got to work to repair the Rayban General sunglasses and the feedback was that the materials used in the construction were an absolute joy to work on, resulting in one of the best repairs we have ever seen – the damaged joint was now just as strong as the day that it was manufactured and visually, there was no trace of repair ever having been made.

On investigation we discovered that not only were the previously broken Rayban frames in A1 condition but the case, owners’ manual & tags were also still in perfect shape.

On receiving the repaired Rayban’s back, our customer called to say that he assumed that we had put on a new side (arm) and wondered if he owed any extra for the use of parts, we explained that the side had in fact been repaired and that the cost was as per our website claim, £19.99 including post and packaging.

The gentleman and his father decided that they would never wear the Rayban sunglasses and as it transpired that they were in fact Rayban General Aviators with photochromatic lenses, something of a rarity today, they opted to sell them.

We promised not to disclose the sale price but suffice to say, the £19.99 repair from became extremely insignificant in the grand scheme of things & that one chance email to us resulted in a healthy windfall for our customer and his dad.

So, the moral of this story should surely be that before you throw away any old Rayban sunglasses, drop us an email and you never know, we may be blogging your story next month.

SM 4th May 2016