Can I Get Replacement Papers for my Rolex? Here’s the Answer!

Can I Get Replacement Papers for my Rolex?

Can you get replacement papers for your Rolex?

”Papers” are used to refer to the certificate/warranty of a Rolex watch. Today, Rolex uses a plastic credit-card style warranty card for its watches, but prior to this, Rolex watches came with a paper guarantee and the term has stuck around.

However, the term ”papers” still lives on, despite the fact that Rolex changed to the credit-card style warranty card in late 2006.

With that said, Rolex watches pre-2006 originally came with a guarantee paper on which the watch’s serial number, place, and date of purchase are indicated.

The modern Rolex warranty cards include the same details, but they are also electronically activated.

So when someone says ”papers” in the Rolex context, they refer to the guarantee document. This can be either in paper or card form depending on the age of the watch.

The original papers for Rolex watches increase their value. If the watch is still under warranty, this is, of course, a big bonus, but even if it is no longer covered by the original warranty, the papers actually increase the value of the watch.

So, if you have lost your Rolex papers, or didn’t get any when you bought your watch, can you get a replacement?

Can I get replacement papers for my Rolex?

In Rolex’s own words:

”The Rolex guarantee card cannot be re-issued under any circumstances. Please contact the Official Rolex Retailer from which you purchased your Rolex watch for assistance.”

Rolex Warranty

So to answer, the question, you cannot get replacement papers for your Rolex watch. However, there are a few other things you can do instead.

The closest you can get to the original Rolex card is a service guarantee. When you service your watch at an authorized Rolex service center, you will get a Rolex international service guarantee card.

This is viewed almost like a guarantee card, and this increases the value of the watch and makes it more attractive for buyers as it comes with some kind of ”proof”. This card works as proof in the sense that it tells that an authorized Rolex service center has disassembled the watch, inspected it, and deemed it authentic and ok.

Another similar form of ”Rolex papers”, whilst not original, is a letter of authenticity. Now, this is not as good as the original papers, but when selling your watch, it’s always good to have documents such as letters of authenticity or a valuation paper. This is because you don’t have the original Rolex document to accompany your watch.

Old Rolex warranty card

Getting a letter of authenticity from a respected and credible source can make it easier for you to sell your watch and make it more attractive to buyers. Make sure you get it from a reputable and well-known watchmaker. The very best is if you can get it from an authorized Rolex retailer.

The ”papers” can also be the original booklets such as manual and guarantee booklet, and these you can buy secondhand as they are generic and not for one specific watch. Most Rolex booklets are quite cheap but can be well worth the investment as it can make your watch more attractive for buyers.

Old Rolex watches

The older a Rolex watch is, the more common it is that it is not accompanied by the original papers. The papers may have disappeared during a move, the owner may have unknowingly thrown it away thinking it was worthless, and so on. With that said, the older the watch is, the less significance it has on its value. At the same time, a rare vintage Rolex watch accompanied by all the original accessories can sell for a huge premium just because of the rare nature of a complete set and sought-after vintage Rolex.

If you have a new Rolex watch and do not have the original papers, people will assume that there’s something wrong with it, or even that it is stolen. This is why it is particularly important to have the original papers for newer Rolex watches that are still under warranty. These are the watches that will be most affected by the lack of papers in terms of value.

22 thoughts on “Can I Get Replacement Papers for my Rolex? Here’s the Answer!

  1. hi i have a black dial rolex submariner which i purchased with papers through a known family source but i dont have any papers for authenticity and now i want to sell it , its in excellent shape , can you help me in selling it and also do the authenticity check

    1. Hello,
      You can request an authentication here:

      Kind regards

      1. I must be a rare lucky person then as Rolex supplied a replacement card for mine

        1. Yes, that is very uncommon! In general, they never do that.

          Kind regards,
          Millenary Watches

        2. How did you go about doing that? Did your dealer get the card for you?

        3. Hello Lee
          Please let me know how you did this. I can wire you $, one installment pre advice and one upon succcessful completion. Thank you a priori.

        4. Rolex supplied a replacement card to you or you bought a watch where the seller said it has a replacement card?

        5. How did you manage that and how did you contact them please ???

  2. I have no papers or box for a rolex air king vintage 5500 1969

    1. Hello,
      Ok, thank you for sharing.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  3. My husband our purchased my Rolex in Switzerland about 30 years ago. I do not have the papers or the box. Are there identifying numbers in the watch to verify its authenticity?

    1. Hello Judy,
      Numbers is not necessarily an accurate way to determine a watch’s authenticity as these can be faked too.
      You can order an authentication of your watch here:

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  4. Hello I need some help there is a Rolex GMT Pepsi for sale for £485 it’s not in the best shape and has no papers I dose not state that is is fake as some other ones do what would u do in that situation thanks Ed

    1. For that cost it is clearly a fake.

  5. Hello,
    If one orders an authenticity through
    what will it consist of?

    1. One of our watch experts will make an assessment based on the pictures provided.
      As our watch experts do not inspect the watch in person, they can only make an assessment based on the pictures provided.
      Details could consist of authenticity (based on pictures), information about the model, detailed information such as year, correct parts, replaced visual parts, etc.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  6. how to get rolex oyster perpetual air king watch paper

    1. Hi,
      Did you read the article? It explains in detail how it works.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  7. Hello Lee, can you give me guidance on how I can get a replacement card for my Rolex Submariner Hulk 2013?

    Thank you.


    1. Hi,
      As the article informs, it is not possible to get a replacement card.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  8. Buying a watch without papers and Bix what should I do to be sure?

    1. Hi,
      The best advice is always to have it checked by a professional watchmaker to make sure everything is as it should.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

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