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.

Rolex Daytona 116508 Green dialImportant notice

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


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.

75 thoughts on “Rolex Serial Numbers the Ultimate Resource Guide

  1. I have a Submariner with a 7 digit SN beginning with G. I believe this indicate a 2010 manufacture year; however, the bracelet clasp has a 3 digit code beginning with CX, which I believe is a random code indicating 2011 as the bracelet’s production year. Is it still possible that it’s the original bracelet or does this suggest that possibly a bracelet replacement occurred? Thanks.

    1. Hi Tom
      Since your watch is from the transition period between when Rolex began using random serial numbers, it sounds more likely that the actual case of the watch was manufactured earlier than the bracelet. Watches are not always assembled immediately and there may be some delay between when the parts are manufactured and when they are assembled which could explain the discrepancy between the bracelet code and the serial number.

      Hope it helps!

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  2. Hi,
    My old Rolex s/n is 051350
    What year is this ?

    1. Hi,
      Based on the serial number, it was made in either 1938 or 1954.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches


    1. Hi,
      Yes. It’s important to point out that each part is manufactured separately and at different times so there may be a slight discrepancy between the clasp code and the date of manufacture of the watch. This is particularly true back in the day when Rolex didn’t have the same production output as today and some parts remained on the shelves for some time until finally being assembled.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  4. I have a rolex original box, with paper work, it shows model 16263 , E704960
    the band is rolex gold center with stainless steel on each side.
    Can you tell me more about this watch please.

    1. Hi,
      The 16263 is a Gold and steel Rolex Datejust turn-o-graph. Turn-o-graphs have become quite uncommon in recent years since Rolex no longer makes this model. The Turn-O-Graph is at its core a regular Datejust with the difference being that the bezel can be rotated to time different things, hence the name. The watch was in production in the 1990s.

      Hope this helps!

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  5. I have watch I open Case ” MONARCHPOLY S-A

  6. I have a Rolex submariner no date, the model number on the case says it’s 116610 but I thought that was for the submariner date., or was there a variation when using cases. The serial number is the random type under the glass at 6oclock. Any ideas welcome..

    1. Hi,
      Reference 116610 is certainly the reference number for the submarine date. It sounds very strange that you would have this number if your watch is a no-date model. I would advise that you have this checked up. Assuming the watch is not fake, the only logical explanation I can think of is that the case was damaged and exchanged some time throughout its life. The best would be to have a watchmaker inspect it so they can see what is going on.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

    2. Hi,
      Reference 116610 is certainly the reference number for the submarine date. It sounds very strange that you would have this number if your watch is a no-date model. I would advise that you have this checked up. Assuming the watch is not fake, the only logical explanation I can think of is that the case was damaged and exchanged sometime throughout its life. The best would be to have a watchmaker inspect it so they can see what is going on.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  7. Hi i have an airking sn 244684. Age?

    1. Hi,
      The serial number dates the year of production to 1957 (assuming it is an older model). You need to check the specific model to determine whether that sounds correct or not, depending on the year of production for the actual reference of your watch.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

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