Rolex Serial Numbers With Production Dates



We are often asked by our customers "Where or how do I find the Rolex serial numbers on my watch and what is the production year".

Early vintage Rolex serial numbers consist of a numerical code that can be used to determine the production date. The bracelet will need to be removed in order to locate the serial numbers and reference numbers on most vintage Rolex watches.

The reference number or model number of your watch will in most cases be found between the lugs at the 12 o'clock side of the case. The serial numbers in most vintage Rolex references will be located between the lugs at the 6 o'clock side of the case.   

 

Rolex Reference Numbers

Rolex reference number visible with bracelet removed, located between lugs at 12 o'clock position between lugs

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex serial number visible with bracelet removed, located between lugs at 6 o'clock position between lugs

Beginning in 2005, Rolex started to also engrave the serial number on the inside flange ( or “rehaut” as it’s called in French) between the dial and the crystal and starting in 2008, Rolex began to only engrave the numbers on the rehaut. 

Rolex Reaut Engraving

 Rolex laser engraved serial number visible on rehaut, located between at 6 o'clock position on rehaut *Note Rolex coronet within the factory crystal

 

 

Starting in 1987 Rolex introduced a letter prefix system which was used to identify the production era of a timepiece and this system lasted until 2011 when Rolex started using a new system to generate a serial number that consisted of a random set of numbers and letters known simply as "random" it is impossible to date a random serial numbered Rolex reference without the paperwork, cards, and or a direct confirmation from Rolex.   

Rolex Serial Numbers By Date Of Manufacture

"Round Number" Serial Number List

Serial #               Date

20000 .............................1927

22500 .............................1928

25000 .............................1929

26500 .............................1930

28000 .............................1931

28500 .............................1932

29000 .............................1933

32000 .............................1934

35000 .............................1935

37000 ...............................1936

40000 ...............................1937

55000 ...............................1938

71000 ...............................1939

90000 ...............................1940

106000 .............................1941

150000 .............................1942

230000 .............................1943

270000 .............................1944

302000 .............................1945

400000 .............................1946

529000 .............................1947

570000 .............................1948

600000 .............................1949

650000 .............................1950

700000 .............................1951

800000 .............................1952

900000 .............................1953

10000 to 300000 .........1953 to 1957

(At this time Rolex started the numbering system back at 10000.)

350000 .............................1958

400000 .............................1959

550000 .............................1960

700000 .............................1961

800000 .............................1962

900000 .............................1963

1000000 ...........................1964

1200000 ...........................1965

1400000 ............................1966

1600000 ............................1967

1850000 ............................1968

2300000 ............................1969

2500000 ............................1970

2900000 ............................1971

3300000 ............................1972

3750000 ............................1973

3900000 ............................1974

4250000 ............................1975

4500000 ............................1976

5000000 ............................1977

5400000 ............................1978

5950000 ............................1979

6400000 ............................1980

7000000 ............................1981

7350000 ............................1982

7750000 ............................1983

8100000 ............................1984

8600000 ............................1985

9000000 ............................1986

9500000 ............................1987


(Start of the letter prefix system.)


R000001 .............................1987

L000001 ..............................1989

E000001 ..............................1990

X000001 ..............................1991

N000001 ..............................1991

C000001 ..............................1992

S000001 ..............................1993

W000001 .............................1994

T000001 ...............................1996

U000001 ...............................1997

A000001 ...............................1998

P000001 ...............................2000

K000001 ................................2001

Y000001 ................................2002

F000001 ................................2003-2005

Rolex started engraving the serial number inside the bezel on rehaut

(under the crystal)

D000001.................................2005

D or Z.....................................2006

M or Z.................................... 2007

M ov V.....................................2008

V..............................................2009

G.............................................2010

Random Serial....................... 2011- present

 

Rolex Bracelet Clasp Codes

it is also in most cases possible to date your Rolex bracelet Prior to 1976 Rolex stamped the inner blade of the bracelet with the year of manufacture ad well as the quarter in which the bracelet was produced.

Clasp codes and the bracelet part number can be found where the Clasp reads Steel Inox and consists of letters and a number. The number corresponds to the month of the year. 

 

1976 A* - possibly (VA)
1977 B - possibly (VB)
1978 C* - possibly (VC)
1979 D - possibly (VD)
1980 E - possibly (VE)
1981 F - possibly (VF)
1982 G
1983 H*
1984 I*
1985 J*
1986 K*
1987 L*
1988 M*
1989 N*
1990 O
1991 P
1992 Q*
1993 R
1994 S
1995 T or W
1996 V or U
1997 Z or U
1998 Z or W
1999 X
2000 AB
2001 DE
2002 DT
2003 AD
2004 CL
2005 MA
2006 OP
2007 EO
2008 PJ
2009 LT
2010 RS

Random three character alphanumeric = 2011+
(e.g. CX3, J4M, 5AM, etc)

This database of Rolex serial numbers and bracelet clasp codes is highly accurate but should be considered an estimate because this information has never been publically released by Rolex