Rolex Serial Numbers the Ultimate Resource Guide

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Rolex Serial Numbers: A Complete Resource Guide

All Rolex watches have serial numbers. With the help of the Rolex serial numbers, you can find out the approximate age of your Rolex watch. Furthermore, the serial number is also a great way to find out the estimated value of your Rolex. In this article, you’ll find a complete guide to Rolex serial numbers as well as a complete list of Rolex serial numbers with which you can find out the approximate age of your Rolex watch.

How to find your Rolex serial number

First thing first, how do you find the Rolex serial number on your watch? Depending on the age of your Rolex, you may be able to find your Rolex serial number in different places. Older Rolex watches have the serial number engraved between the 6:00 lugs, and for these older models, in order to identify the serial number of your Rolex watch, you would have to remove the bracelet. This process can obviously be quite tedious, and without the right tools or expertise, you risk scratching the watch’s lugs or bracelet.

Fortunately, for modern Rolex watches, in order to identify the serial number, you do not need to remove the bracelet. Instead, you can find the serial number engraved at the 6 o’clock position on the inner bezel of the watch under the crystal. It is engraved on what is called the rehaut.

All Rolex watches that have the serial number engraved on the rehaut also have Rolex Rolex Rolex Rolex… text engraved around the whole rehaut. In 2008, Rolex stopped engraving the serial number at case 6 o’clock location, using only the serial engraving on the rehaut. By 2010, this had come to become the case for all Rolex models.

The serial number of modern Rolex watches doesn’t have the serial number between the 6 o clock side between the lugs, but only on the inner rehaut. The main reason why Rolex introduced this change in serial numbers is to make it more difficult for fake manufacturers since it is difficult to laser engrave with the same perfection that Rolex has.

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What year is your Rolex watch?

As mentioned, with the help of your Rolex serial number, you can find the approximate year of your Rolex watch. The best way to find the date and year on which your Rolex watch was sold, however, is to look at the warranty card that came with the watch since it is signed with the date and year. If your Rolex watch doesn’t have a warranty card for some reason, the serial number is a good way to go about it, though.

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In the list that we’ve presented below, you’ll be able to find each Rolex serial number together with a year. To simply find your serial number, look at the list to find the serial number that your watch has, and then look at the year that is connected to it. When buying a Rolex pre-owned watch, you want to verify your watch’s serial numbers with the original Rolex certificate or the Authenticity card that comes with the watch. Have in mind, however, that not all pre-owned Rolex watches come with a certificate of Authenticity card for various reasons.

It’s important to know that it doesn’t necessarily have to mean that your watch was assembled the exact year that your serial number says since rumors have it that Rolex continues to use its different case series until they are finished.

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It’s important to note that the information regarding Rolex serial numbers is not provided officially by Rolex. Instead, the Rolex serial numbers are crowdsourced by the watch community, creating a complete list. As such, there might be slight variations of the Rolex serial numbers. In other words, the list of Rolex serial numbers may not provide 100% accurate info for dating your Rolex.

Additionally, with the modern random serial numbers, it’s impossible to ensure which production year the watch is from, thus it’s especially important to have the warranty card, not only because of the warranty that Rolex gives your watch, but only to guarantee which year the watch is from.

Random Rolex serial numbers

From the middle of 2010, Rolex started using so-called random serial numbers, which means Rolex started to “scramble” the serial numbers that they use for the watch. The reason Rolex started to use random serial numbers is, according to them, that it made it harder for counterfeiters to pull off their watch as the real deal. Other people, however, mean that the reason why Rolex introduced these random serial numbers was to give less power to secondhand Rolex dealers as having the watch alone would make it impossible to determine the production year of the watch.

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Additionally, the random serial numbers would allow authorized dealers to have watches in stock for a longer time since watches that previously showed the production year through their serial numbers and proved that the watch had been in inventory for a long time could be used by the buyer to use as leverage to ask for a lower price.

Remember that watches that therefore are dated from 2010 and forward cannot be dateable through their unique Rolex serial number.

Looking up your Rolex serial number

Now that you know a little bit of background to Rolex serial numbers and know where you find your watch’s serial number, you can use the complete list that we’ve compiled below and compare them to your watch’s serial number. It is especially important to double-check the serial number when buying a Rolex watch to ensure that the watch you are buying is correct to the year and model being sold.

If you buy a Rolex watch with a certificate or Authenticity card and it has a different serial number than on your watch, it will affect the resell value of your watch, and mistakes like this can happen.

Rolex year and serial numbers

  • 1925 25,000
  • 1926 28,000
  • 1927 30,430
  • 1928 32,960
  • 1929 35,390
  • 1930 37,820
  • 1931 40,250
  • 1932 42,680
  • 1933 49,000
  • 1934 45,000
  • 1935 63,000
  • 1936 81,000
  • 1937 99,000
  • 1938 117,000
  • 1939 135,000
  • 1940 164,600
  • 1941 194,000
  • 1942 224,000
  • 1943 253,000
  • 1944 283,000
  • 1945 348,000
  • 1946 413,200
  • 1947 478,300
  • 1948 543,400
  • 1949 608,500
  • 1950 673,600
  • 1951 738,700
  • 1952 804,000
  • 1953 869,000
  • 1954 935,000
  • 1955 1,010,000
  • 1956 1,095,000
  • 1957 1,167,000
  • 1958 1,245,000
  • 1959 1,323,000
  • 1960 1,401,000
  • 1961 1,485,000
  • 1962 1,557,000
  • 1963 1,635,000
  • 1964 1,713,000
  • 1965 1,791,000
  • 1966 1,870,000
  • 1967 2,164,000
  • 1968 2,426,000
  • 1969 2,689,000
  • 1970 2,952,000
  • 1971 3,215,000
  • 1972 3,478,000
  • 1973 3,741,000
  • 1974 4,000,000
  • 1975 4,265,000
  • 1976 4,535,000
  • 1977 5,005,000
  • 1978 5,481,000
  • 1979 5,959,000
  • 1980 6,430,000
  • 1981 6,910,000
  • 1982 7,366,000
  • 1983 7,860,000
  • 1984 8,388,000
  • 1985 8,814,000
  • 1986 9,300,000
  • 1987 9,760,000
  • 1987 1/2 9,999,999
  • 1987 1/2 R 000,000
  • 1988 R 999,999
  • 1989 L 000,001
  • 1990 L 999,999
  • 1990 1/2 E 000,001
  • 1991 1/4 E 999,999
  • 1991 3/4 N 000,001
  • 1991 1/2 X 000,001
  • 1992 1/4 C 000,001
  • 1993 3/4 S 000,001
  • 1995-1998 W 000,001
  • 1996-1998 T 000,001
  • 1997 1998 U 000,001
  • 1998 A 000,001
  • 1999 A 000,001

Rolex serial number prefix

The letter prefix can be used to tell the year:

G                       2010

V 2009
Z,M,V 2008
Z,M 2007
F,D,Z 2006
D,F 2005
F,Y 2004
Y 2003
K,Y 2002
P,K 2001
A,P 2000
A 1999
A 1998
U 1997
T 1996
W 1995
S 1994
S 1993
C,X 1992
N,E,X 1991
E,L 1990
L 1989
R 1988

Have in mind that from 2010, Rolex changed its serial numbers. From now on, and with all modern Rolex watches, the serial number is made up of 8 digits which consist of randomly generated numbers and letters. As such, with watches from this time and onwards, it’s impossible to use the Rolex serial numbers to date a Rolex watch.

Rolex bracelet clasp codes

While Rolex serial numbers are used most commonly to date watches which are manufactured before 2010, another way that you can date your Rolex watch is by looking at the clasp code. On the hinge of the clasp, you’ll find a number and letters. If the bracelet of your watch isn’t original, at the very least, you can date the bracelet of your watch. Have in mind, though, that it’s only possible to date Rolex watches through the clasp codes which were manufactured before 1976.

Take a look at your watch’s clasp code and then compare them with the list of Rolex clasp codes below to determine the age of your watch (or bracelet)

  • 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

Note

We’ve mentioned it once, but have in mind that while these serial numbers are very accurate and curated by experts, they may not be 100% correct since they haven’t been released officially by Rolex.

Shall you have any questions regarding Rolex serial numbers, consult one of our watch experts here!
 
Also note:
It is not possible to check whether a Rolex watch is fake or not with the serial number. Rolex does not have an official database of all serial numbers which they disclose to the public. Authorized Rolex retailers do not have access to a Rolex serial database either.

61 thoughts on “Rolex Serial Numbers the Ultimate Resource Guide

  1. Hi, I have an old Rolex Oyster Royal Mappin (Precision). I can’t find the Model number on your website. 3116. The Serial number is 635744. Can you please tell me the model type?

    Thanks

    1. Hi,
      The reference number on your watch is engraved on the case behind the bracelet at 6 o’clock. Simply remove the bracelet and you will be able to identify the model number.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  2. Sir, I purchased a new Rolex date just model 126334 from a Canadian retailer in March 2022. The size is 41mm but I measured only 39mm. And, the two dials can’t meet at 12 o’clock, and look like having 3-4 minutes mismatch. Is it fake?

    1. Hi,
      The “on-paper” diameter rarely matches the actual diameter of a watch when it comes to most manufacturers so this is not necessarily an indication that it is fake. We need to have the watch in hand in order to say anything about the authenticity but I would advise you to visit a watchmaker or Rolex retailer and they should be able to assess it for you.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  3. how to verify the serial number of the rolex

    1. Hi,
      There’s no real way to verify a Rolex with its serial number. Rolex doesn’t have a public database like some other brands. It has to be inspected by a watchmaker to be authenticated.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  4. Hi, my watched serial number begins with X but was sold at a 2009 model. Is this correct ?

    1. Hi,
      It is possible that your watch has a “random serial number” and therefore begins with X. about mid-way through 2010, Rolex started to “scramble” the serial numbers, but it is possible that they implemented the new serial number system earlier for some models.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  5. Hi, I bought a daydate 40 which was produced in 2015 with a serial number that starts with an X,

    When I try to verify it, it says it’s production was in 1991,

    This cannot be right, please help

    1. Hi,
      Your watch has a so-called random serial number so it is not possible to date the watch using its serial number. You can read more here:
      https://millenarywatches.com/rolex-random-serial-numbers/

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  6. I bought a Rolex GMT at an assets seizure sale several years ago. Someone has scratched the SN to the extent that it can’t be read. Is there another location on the watch for a serial number? How do I authenticate the watch?

    Thanks

    1. Hi,
      The serial number can only be found in one place. Either on the case at 6 o’clock (if it’s an older watch) or on the rehaut behind the crystal at 6 o’clock. The best way to authenticate it is to take it to a watchmaker and have them inspect it.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  7. Can a Rolex have serial number at 12 o clock behind the bracelet,says 116117
    At 6 o clock inside says M646829

    1. Hi,
      Yes, the model number is engraved at 12 o’clock on the case and the serial number is engraved on the rehaut inside the glass at 6 o’clock.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  8. Hi:
    I have a Rolex Oyster Precision with an number 296479 and 6422
    Can you please tell if its genuine and what year model is it?
    Thank you so much

    1. Hi,
      It’s impossible to comment on the authenticity without having inspected it in person. We would therefore advise you to take it to a professional watchmaker to say for sure.
      The serial number dates the year of production to 1957.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  9. Hi,
    My friend has an older Datejust (90s) that has everything going for it except when you look up the serial number, it pulls up an Explorer. Did rolex ever have any misprints? Had a shop look and said everything looks right until they got to that.

    1. Hi,
      Theoretically, it is possible but highly unlikely.
      It is more likely that someone has re-engraved the watch and changed the serial number however it is very difficult to say. If that is the case, an expert would be able to look at the engraving and say whether it has been re-engraved or if it is the original engraving.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  10. Hello Millenary Watches

    I am wondering about a Model 6917 Ladies Watch with the serial Number 6301082 What does each of the numbers mean and can they tell me what the Material / Band Type / and Bezel type it is supposed to have

    1. Hi,
      The early reference number (4 digits) doesn’t tell a lot aabut the specifications of the watch.
      It’s not possible to decipher the exact characteristics of your watch with the reference number, unfortunately. Moreover, the reference number never tells which bracelet is meant to be on the watch as many Rolex watches are available with different bracelets (normally Oyster or Jubilee).

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

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