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Rolex Serial Numbers

 

How To Determine Production Year of Your Rolex

Rolex engraves a unique serial number to every watch it makes that helps determine the approximate date, or year of production for that particular watch. These numbers are inscribed by machine on the side of the watch case between the lugs at 6 o’clock.

 In 2005, however, Rolex began engraving the serial numbers onto the inner rim of the watch, called the “rehaut”, for stylistic reasons.  Beginning in 2010, Rolex stopped following any sequential numbering system or order altogether and now engraves its watches with a randomized unique identifying number. While it had been relatively easy to determine a watch’s approximate age, or year of production using a database of lists assembled over the years, this will no longer be possible with these new random mixed serial numbers

 While there is no “Official” Rolex Serial numbers database list from the Rolex Factory that shows dates of production, the charts below list all the serial numbers gathered by proven sources over the years. See the list below by production year to learn the year your watch was made.

Year Serial Year Serial Year Serial
2011-present Random/Mixed 1981 6,910,000 1952 804,000
2010 G 1980 6,430,000 1951 735,000
2009 V 1979 5,959,000 1950 372,000
2008 M or V 1978 5,481,000 1949 608,000
2007 M or Z 1977 5,005,000 1948 543,000
2006 Z 1947 478,000
2005 D 1976 4,535,000 1946 413,000
2004 F 1975 4,265,000 1945 348,000
2003 F 1974 4,000,000 1944 284,000
2002 Y 1973 3,741,000 1943 253,000
2001 K 1972 3,478,000 1942 224,000
2000 P 1971 3,215,000 1941 194,000
1999 A 1970 2,952,000 1940 165,000
1998 U 1969 2,689,000 1939 136,000
1997 U 1968 2,426,000 1938 118,000
1996 T 1967 2,164,000 1937 98,000
1995 W 1966 1,870,000 1936 82,000
1994 S 1965 1,791,000 1935 62,000
1993 S 1964 1,713,000 1934 55,000
1992 C 1963 1,635,000 1933 49,000
1991 E or X or N 1962 1,557,000 1932 43,000
1990 E 1961 1,485,000 1931 40,000
1989 L 1960 1,401,000 1930 38,000
1988 R 1959 1,323,000 1929 35,000
1987 9,760,000 1958 1,245,000 1928 33,000
1986 9,300,000 1957 1,167,000 1927 3,000
1985 8,814,000 1956 1,095,000 1926 28,000
1984 8,388,000 1955 1,010,000 1925 25,000
1983 7,860,000 1954 935,000
1982 7,366,000 1953 869,000
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