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ROLEX SERIAL NUMBERS: How to Date You Rolex Watch

by Paul Symonds November 28, 2019 4 min read

ROLEX SERIAL NUMBERS: How to Date You Rolex Watch | Swiss Watch Trader

ROLEX SERIAL NUMBERS

Use this page to determine the date of production for any Rolex watch via their serial number. All Rolex watches will have a serial number, It's just a matter of locating it and using the chart below. All Rolex watches will have originally been presented with a warranty certificate or warranty card on the day of sale. This certificate will show the serial number of the watch. Depending on the age of the watch, it will also display the country code, date or purchase, place of purchase and the original owners details. Early Rolex watches can often be found with the a hand written serial number. Late watches with paper warranty certificates can be found with printed or stamped serial numbers. Model Rolex watches are sold with warranty cards with the serial number printed on one side along with the model number. 



HOW TO FIND THE ROLEX SERIAL NUMBER

Every Rolex watch will have a serial number. This serial number is unique to the watch. Prior to the mid to late 2000's, serial numbers can be found on all Rolex watches engraved between the lugs at the 6 o'clock position. The bracelet will need to be removed from the watch in order to view the serial number. Rolex introduced the engraved inner rehaut in around 2004. Precious metal Rolex watches were the first to feature the engraved inner rehaut with most stainless steel sports models following in 2007 on the Z serial. The engraved inner rehaut featured the serial number of the watch at the 6 o'clock position and was visible through the crystal. Certain military and special order Rolex watches will also have the serial number engraved inside the case back.

 

ROLEX WATCHES: PRODUCTION DATES

Please use this the table of Rolex serial numbers as reference but note that there is no official record of Rolex serial numbers to refer to. There may be inaccuracies amongst the data, especially with the pre 1987 watches with 7 digit serial numbers. However, dates will be accurate to within a year or two.

 

YEAR

FROM SERIAL NUMBER

TO SERIAL NUMBER

2010 – PRESENT

G

Random

2010

V

G

2009

V

V

2008

M

V

2007

Z

M

2006

Z

Z

2005

F

D

2004

F

F

2003

Y

F

2002

K

Y

2001

P

K

2000

P

P

1999

A

A

1998

U

U

1997

T

U

1996

W

T

1995

W

W

1994

S

S

1993

C

S

1992

N

N

1991

E

X

1990

L

E

1989

L

L

1988

R

L

1987

R

R

1986 / 1987

9,764,479

9,999,999

1986

9,358,541

9,764,478

1985/1986

9,330,805

9,355,840

1985

8,831,718

9,330,804

1984/1985

8,712,966

8,831,717

1984

8,431,147

8,712,965

1983/1984

8,384,257

8,431,146

1983

7,625,368

8,384,256

1982/1983

7,473,942

7,625,367

1982

7,227,941

7,473,941

1981/1982

7,100,725

7,227,940

1981

6,541,559

7,100,724

1980/1981

6,400,671

6,541,558

1980

6,151,261

6,400,670

1979/1980

6,128,153

6,151,260

1979

5,976,766

6,128,152

1978/1979

5,746,328

5,976,765

1978

5,503,641

5,746,327

1977/1978

5,426,178

5,503,640

1977

5,162,843

5,426,177

1976/1977

4,201,552

5,162,842

1976

4,128,715

4,201,551

1975/1976

4,022,966

4,128,714

1975

3,864,567

4,092,965

1974/1975

3,849,915

3,864,566

1974

3,619,766

3,849,914

1973/1974

3,566,986

3,619,765

1973

3,203,115

3,566,982

1972/1973

3,165,360

3,203,114

1972

2,909,347

3,165,359

1971/1972

2,841,232

2,909,346

1971

2,591,205

2,841,231

1970/1971

2,558,657

2,591,204

1970

2,357,480

2,558,656

1969/1970

2,236,979

2,357,479

1969

1,958,607

2,236,978

1968/1969

1,938,065

1,958,606

1968

1,720,977

1,938,064

1967/1968

1,695,120

1,720,976

1967

1,534,083

1,695,119

1966/1967

1,503,592

1,534,082

1966

1,284,790

1,503,591

1965/1966

1,269,459

1,284.789

1965

1,141,050

1,269,458

1964/1965

1,104,069

1,141,049

1964

997,136

1,104,068

1963/1964

974,198

997,135

1963

950,451,

974,197

1962/1963

919,917

950,450

1962

840,046

919,916

1961/1962

785,297

840,045

1961

688,767

785,296

1960/1961

663,485

688,766

1960

539,969

663,484

1959/1960

530,169

539,968

1959

437,255

530,168

1958/1959

426,481

437,254

1958

381,923

426,480

1957/1958

360,988

381,922

1957

272,289

360,987

1956/1957

261,716

272,288

1956

147,691

261,715

1955/1956

139,167

147,690

1955

63,425

139,166

1954/1955

32,181

63,424

1954

0

32,180

1954

982,115

999,999

1953/1954

974,682

982,114

1953

929,262

974,681

1952/1953

927,301

929,261

1952

874,801

927,300

1951/1952

847,618

874,800

1951

737,106

747,617

1950/1951

723,635

737,105

1950

678,930

723,634

1949/1950

668,504

678,829

1949

648,509

668,503

1948/1949

641,825

648,508

1948

608,519

641,824

1947/1948

607,729

608,518

1947

582,107

607,728

1946/1947

569,373

582,106

1946

455,404

569,372

1945/1946

426,603

455,403

1945

347,442

426,602

1944

269,561

347,441

1943

230,878

269,560

1942

143,509

202,026

1941

106,047

143,508

1940

99,775

106,046

1939

71,224

99,774

1938

43,793

71,223

1937

40,920

43,792

1936

36,856

37,569

1935

34,336

35,365

1934

30,823

34,335

1933

29,933

30,822

1930 – 1932

29,312

29,932

1929

28,290

29,311

1928

23,969

24,747

1927

20.190

21.691

1926

20,000

20,189

 

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