Rolex Serial Numbers: Find Your Rolex Production Date!

Rolex Serial Numbers

One of the many special aspects of a Rolex watch is the unique, five to eight-digit serial number on each timepiece. Performing a Rolex serial number lookup makes it easy to discover Rolex watch values, as you can determine the exact production date. Many older Rolex serial numbers are inscribed by a machine on the side of the watch between the lugs at “6 o’ clock.” The bracelet must be detached at the “6” side of the case to view the serial number.

In 2005 the brand began engraving serial numbers on the inner watch rims for aesthetic reasons. This inner rim is referred to as the “rehaut.” In 2010, Rolex began engraving its pieces using randomized, arbitrary, unique identifying numbers rather than following a sequential numbering system. So while it had been relatively easy to determine a watch’s age or production year using a concrete database, serial number randomization has resulted in a more challenging lookup process.

Determine The Value Of Rolex Watches

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Rolex Serial Numbers By Year

The Rolex Factory may not offer an official Rolex value database list that features production dates, however the chart below includes all serial numbers obtained by Rolex authorities over time. Check out the list to learn about Rolex production dates!

 
 
Serial Year (1925-1969) Serial Year (1970-2020)
20000 1925 2504211 1970
21691 1927 3215500 1971
24747 1928 3478400 1972
28290 1930 3741300 1973
29312 1932 4004200 1974
29993 1933 4267100 1975
30823 1934 4538000 1976
35365 1935 5008000 1977
37596 1936 5482000 1978
40920 1937 5952834 1979
43739 1938 6434000 1980
71224 1939 6594000 1981
99775 1940 7129351 1982
106047 1941 7862000 1983
143509 1942 8338000 1984
230878 1943 8614000 1985
269561 1944 9290000 1986
302459 1945 940000 1987
387216 1946 Rxxxxxxx 1987 - 1989
529163 1947 Lxxxxxxx 1988 - 1990
628840 1948 Exxxxxxx 1990 – 1992
710776 1951 X-N 1991 - 1993
840396 1952 C 1992 – 1993
929426 1953-(Year starting the I - IV quarter designation until 1970) S 1993 - 1994
999999 1954 W 1994 - 1996
100001 1955 T 1996 - 1997
139400 1956 U 1997 - 1998
321884 1957 U 1998
360171 1958 A 1998 – 1999
399000 1959 P 1999 - 2000
511687 1960 K
Series (intro mid-2001) - 2002
646900 1961 Y
Series (intro mid-2002) - 2003
763663 1962 F 2003
950000 1963 D 2005
985015 1964 Z 2005 - 2006
1259699 1965 M 2007 - 2008
1289727 1966 V 2009
1554000 1967 G 2010 Spring
2163900 1967 Random 2010
2426800 1968 Random 2011-2019
2060000 1969 Random 2020

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Find The Rolex Model Number

The model number is found on the side of the watch case at the 12 o' clock position. As with the serial number, the bracelet must be detached from the 12 o' clock side of the case. For instructions on removing the bracelet, email us or call 855-256-0100 to speak with a Rolex expert. You will require a small screwdriver or tack to carefully remove the bracelet.

Rolex has engraved their watches with unique serial and model numbers since the 1920’s as a way to track production year; the production age of a pre-owned Rolex watch is an essential factor in determining its current market value. Rolex values decrease as the brand launches new, improved models.

Age in addition to other factors, such as bracelet and overall watch condition, will help the Swiss Wrist team figure the actual fair market value of the watch. Unique Rolex serial numbers, such as a Rolex Submariner serial number, are also helpful in determining if a watch is an authentic piece.

If you need assistance in finding a Rolex serial number, please refer to the chart below. eBay also has a list of serial numbers with estimated production dates.

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