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Rolex Bracelet and Clasp Codes: Complete Resource Guide

Rolex Submariner clasp

Apart from the Rolex reference number and the serial number, Rolex bracelets are also equipped with a so-called bracelet and clasp code. The Rolex bracelet code can be found on the inside of the clasp hinge. There, you’ll find a code which represents the year and month of which the watch was manufactured.

Have in mind that the Rolex bracelet code may tell a different date/year than the watch case, and especially for modern Rolex watches, it’s quite seldom that you find a clasp code that is the same year as the watch case. Furthermore, it’s important to have in mind that it’s not at all uncommon to find that the date of the bracelet isn’t the same as the watch, as mentioned, but this is especially important to have in mind when it comes to buying second-hand, and vintage in particular.

Since when watches come from Rolex’s factory, the date of the bracelet and the date of the watch may not be the same, it’s not something that affects the watch’s value or necessarily affects the watch’s value, but what you want to pay attention to is if the previous owner has switched to a completely different bracelets.

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660

As long as the bracelet is of the same model and is an authentic Rolex bracelet, it doesn’t necessarily affect the value, but if the bracelet isn’t original, or if the bracelet has been replaced with a completely different Rolex bracelet, it’s worth having in mind that it will most likely decrease the watch’s value since it’s missing an important part of the watch that should come with  Also, have in mind that not all Rolex watches come on metal bracelets, so make sure that the design of the bracelet is the design that should come on that watch.

The Rolex bracelet code on the clasp hinge is made up of one or two letters followed by a number. The numbers represent the year when the watch was made, and the numbers the month. 

All genuine Rolex watches have letters and numbers, a clasp code, on the inside of the clasp hinge, but not all counterfeit watches do, so looking at the inside of the clasp hinge can be a way to identify a counterfeit Rolex.

Rolex Explorer II 216570 Polar

The code which you can find on the clasp hinge is what is called the clasp code, however, there’s also another code that may be worth paying attention to when researching your clasp, and that is the watch’s reference number. The reference number of Rolex watches give an array of information about the watch, however, for information about the bracelet of your Rolex watch, you especially want to pay attention to the 6th digit in the reference number, alternatively the last letter in the reference number if the reference of your watch has fewer than 6 digits.

The last digit of the Rolex reference number gives information about the material of which the clasp is made in.

Rolex bracelet and clasp codes

These are what the following numbers mean when they are in the last position of the reference number:

  • 0: Stainless steel
  • 1: Yellow Gold Filled
  • 2: White Gold Filled
  • 3: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold (yellow Rolesor)
  • 4: Stainless Steel and 18k White Gold (white Rolesor)
  • 5: Gold Shell  – no longer used
  • 6: Platinum
  • 7: 14k Yellow Gold – no longer used
  • 8: 18k Yellow Gold
  • 9: 18k White Gold
  • 22: Stainless steel and Platinum
  • BIC Bi-Color 18kt Yellow and White gold combo
  • TRIDOR 18kt Yellow, White, and Rose gold

About Rolex bracelet codes

It’s important to point out that when it comes to Rolex bracelet codes, the codes that we list here, and that you find anywhere else are only “estimates”, even though they are very good estimates as they are gathered and defined by watch enthusiasts and passionate Rolex lovers.

Rolex hasn’t officially made a list of the Rolex clasp codes, but we’ve worked to create the most in-depth and up-to-date list of Rolex bracelet codes. In this list, we’ll make notes of the bracelet codes which are not 100% certain.

Lastly, Rolex clasp codes can be used to understand when the watch was manufactured, but at the same time, have in mind that the shipping, storage, and purchase dates can vary a lot.

If you see a clasp with an S, it shows that it is a service clasp.

The solid end link bracelets of your bracelet (the SEL) have a date code, the part number, as well as the Rolex crown stamped into the ends.

S  stands for service. This means that the clasp has been replaced during a service.

  • A: 1976
  • B: 1977
  • C: 1978
  • D: 1979
  • E: 1980
  • F: 1981
  • G: 1982
  • H: 1983
  • I: 1984
  • J: 1985
  • K: 1986
  • L: 1987
  • M: 1988
  • N: 1989
  • O: 1990
  • P: 1991
  • Q: 1992
  • R: 1993
  • S: 1994
  • W or T: 1995
  • V or U: 1996
  • Z or U: 1997
  • Z or W= 1998
  • X: 1999
  • AB: 2000
  • DE: 2001
  • DT: 2002
  • AD: 2003
  • CL:  2004
  • MA:  2005
  • OP:  2006
  • EO: 2007
  • PJ:  2008
  • LT:  2009
  • RS:  2010
  •  CP: 2011

Dial codes

Rolex watches have dial codes, and the first digits tell us the following:

  • 1x = Silver
  • 2x = Champagne
  • 3x = Black
  • 4x = Steel
  • 5x = White
  • 6x = Blue
  • 7x = Bronze
  • 8x = Pink

The second digits tell us the following:

  • x0 = Index (Stick)
  • x1 = Unknown/Unused
  • x2 = Sunbeam (Roman)
  • x3 = Roman
  • x5 = Jubilee (Roman)
  • x6 = Maxi Arabic
  • x7 = Index (3,6,9 Arabic)
  • x8 = Waves (Arabic)
  • x9 =Sunbeam (Roman)

From 2011 and onwards, Rolex watches have three character alphanumeric.

Further Rolex bracelet, spring bars, end links resources

Below, you will find Rolex’s own printed information regarding its bracelets, end links, and spring bars. If you wish to keep this information, you can download the sheet that relates to the bracelet and information you are looking for.

Rolex spring bar information

Rolex spring bar information

Rolex 93160-20 bracelet information

Rolex 93150-20 bracelet information

Rolex Jubilee 63110 bracelet information

Rolex Oyster 78340-13 bracelet information

Rolex 78350-17 bracelet information

Rolex 78350-19 bracelet information

Rolex 78351-19 bracelet information

Rolex 78360-20 bracelet information

Rolex 62510M bracelet information

Rolex 62510H Jubilee bracelet information

Rolex 62510H Jubilee bracelet information

Rolex 62510D bracelet information

Rolex 17013 bracelet information

Rolex 17010 bracelet information

Rolex 7835-19 bracelet information

Rolex 7836 bracelet information

Rolex 9315 bracelet information

Rolex 1700 bracelet information

Rolex 17000 bracelet information

Rolex 17000B bracelet information

Rolex 7835-17 bracelet information

Rolex 7834-13 bracelet information

Rolex 7834-11 bracelet information

Rolex 6252H bracelet information

Rolex 6252D bracelet information

Rolex 6251M bracelet information

Rolex 6251D bracelet information

Rolex 6251H bracelet information

4 thoughts on “Rolex Bracelet and Clasp Codes: Complete Resource Guide

  1. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a Rolex ‘Frankenwatch’. The watch is a Rolex Chronograph 6238. As far as I’m able to ascertain the external parts of the watch are genuine Rolex but the movement is probably not original (I suspect ETA but probably clone) as it is automatic rather than manual. The case, glass, hands, crown and pushers seem right but the face is inconsistent with the model although, again, genuine Rolex.
    A good start could be the bracelet and clasp. It is an Oyster bracelet with the following IDs.:
    Left of logo on clasp inner; STEELINOX.
    Top number on right of logo; R8.
    Bottom number; 62510D.
    Stamped on end link nearest case; 70216.
    Stamped on shoulder link; 571.
    The Case although thought genuine has no number engraved between lugs in case. Perhaps aftermarket replacement? The face is semi-matte black with silvered sub-dials and correct tachymeter on dial, not adopted by Rolex until the Daytona. Signature is: ROLEX/CHRONOGRAPH/T SWISS T (no minuses). All a bit of a mystery. There are no legal issues involved here, the watch was bought for a fair price for a hybrid and HMRC were permitted by Rolex to allow import after submission by UK customs to Rolex.

    1. Hi David!
      Thank you for sharing. That is really interesting.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  2. I brought my ladies white gold Rolex with diamonds on the lugs to the Manila service center. What I wanted was to have it checked since I’ve had it for sometime without wearing it . When I bought it big watches were the craze. Anyway service took months and when I got it back the fee
    L of the watch wasn’t the same , it seemed lighter and looser. It flexed and bent. I complained that something might have happened to my watch but the manager insisted that they didn’t do anything unusual to it. In fact the manager saw that the bracelet link were to loose for my wrist , I insisted it is why I am complaining because when I brought it it was nice and snug on my wrist. I hate to think my bracket was switched . How can I argue with them again and prove they didn’t replace mine with an old bracelet . Help

    1. Hi Deanna,
      I am sorry to hear about your experience.
      This is always very difficult as it is word against word. If you feel like you have been mistreated (which it sounds like you have), you can always seek help here: https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/bureaus-offices/bureau-consumer-protection

      Wish you good luck!

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

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