"Wow, Arnold Schwarzenegger looks like a total BAD ASS in this movie! I wonder what brand of sunglasses he is wearing?"
Well, you aren't alone.
There have been many fans that have searched the internet, high and low, looking for an answer to this question.
And, not suprisingly, there have been mixed answers to this question.
The most common answer is that the brand is Ray-Ban, and that the style is known as "Predator 2".
A quick Google search of Ray Ban Predator 2 brings up images of Will Smith in "Men in Black".
Having owned a pair of Ray Ban Predator 2's, I can personally say that these glasses ARE indeed very attractive.
However, these are NOT the same brand used by Schwarzenegger.
The Brand that are used in the movie are by an Italian Sunglasses company named "Persol".
The Sunglasses worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger are called "Persol Ratti", and the model number is 58230.
These sunglasses are ULTRA-RARE to find.
Especially to find some that are in MINT condition.
The reason why these are so rare is because they are no longer produced or manufactured by Persol.
The company is still around (http://www.persol.com/USA/), but they have LONG stopped manufacturing the Model 58230.
Now, examine the following pictures that I have provided as evidence.
Vintage Persol sunglasses were manufactured with a technology known as "Meflecto".
The Definiton of Meflecto has been taken from their own website:
"Patented at the end of the 1930s, the Meflecto is the world’s first flexible stem system designed for maximum comfort by eliminating pressure on the head from the arms of glasses. The Meflecto system allows the glasses to adapt to the unique shape of any face and still today represents a technologically unsurpassed solution."
One of the CLEAR ways to easily detect Persols are via two silver hinges that hold the Frame to the Ear Pieces.
Below is an example of what it looks like:
There are several scenes in which you can CLEARY see these two silver hinges on the frames of Schwarzenegger's sunglasses!
And here is another scene (Digitally sharpened/enhanced):
Another factor that distinguishes authentic Persol Sunglasses are the fact that they reflect sunlight in a purple/green shade.
That is due to the extremely high quality and manufacturing process that Persol once used to create the Ratti Model 58230.
Here are some example of the reflection and hue of the glasses themselves:
As chance would have it, I have personally owned several of these ultra-rare sunglasses.
All of the sunglasses that I have owned have been Vintage and in PERFECT condition.
Not one single scratch on the frame or Lenses.
There are sellers out there that do have vintage Persol Ratti 58230 from time to time, but they are usually priced at $300-$600.
So, if you are interested in owning a pair of sunglasses just like they were worn in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, make sure you buy VINTAGE Persol Ratti Model 58230!
I have decided to make a video review for the Persol Ratti Model 58230 Vintage Sunglasses that I have.
Currently, it is still a work-in-progress but I have uploaded a Preview of the Review.
I will upload the video once it is completed, as well as a complete Review of the Gargoyles Sunglasses I did in the other blog.