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San Rafael  1127 4th Street
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Retro Specs, is one of the largest eyewear restoration companies in the industry, and definitely the most note-worthy. With archives of refurbished glasses covering over century, between the 1870′s-1970′s, and years following. Retro Specs encompasses the idea of “one of a kind”, nostalgia evoking pieces.

All frames are made of precious metals, mostly gold, being that metal frames from the past were gold- filled, not simply gold-plated. Since this technique is so labor intensive, and costly, it is a “lost-art”, in the world of even handmade eyewear. With Spectacular details of buffalo horn, gold, diamond-inlays, pearl nose pads, and original vintage hinges, Retro Specs is at the top of the high end market. Please call for further inquiries and detailed information.
Each antique frame that enters the restoration facility in Los Angeles goes through an extensive process before receiving a Registration number approving the frame for sale.

The process begins with overnight ultrasonic cleansing. The frames are disassembled and the parts are sorted by company and design. Each part is then thoroughly examined to determine the next step in the restoration process. RetroSpecs has researched and developed sophisticated restoration techniques that require custom made machines to do much of the work.
retrospecs eyeglass frames
retrospecs eyeglass frames
retrospecs eyeglass frames
retrospecs eyeglass frames
retrospecs eyeglass frames
The late Cecil Heath, a renowned chief engineer at Shuron and Artcraft Optical for almost 40 years helped design more than 15 machines for soldering, swaging, milling, straightening, bending and curling that has enabled RetroSpecs to restore almost any gold-filled frame to its original condition.

The final step in the restoration process is a high gloss tumble polish. Frame parts are loaded into 50-year-old oak lined barrels recovered from the original Bausch & Lomb RayBan factory. These barrels filled with walnut shells tumble for several days in order to burnish the 12K gold surface these frames are celebrated for.


Each antique frame that enters the restoration facility in Los Angeles goes through an extensive process before receiving a Registration number approving the frame for sale.

The process begins with overnight ultrasonic cleansing. The frames are disassembled and the parts are sorted by company and design. Each part is then thoroughly examined to determine which step in the restoration process it should proceed to. RetroSpecs & Co. has researched and developed sophisticated restoration techniques that require custom made machines to do much of the work.

When the parts are restored to perfection they are re-assembled to produce a frame in its original form and Bakelite nose pads or newly cast 12k solid gold nose pads are added.
San Rafael, CA 94901
1127 4th St.
Novato, CA 94949
5800 Nave Dr.
 
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