HOW TO APPROXIMATELY DATE YOUR ROLEX

This chart is designed to help you approximately identify the year of production of a Rolex watch.

If you are in doubt, you can always find the serial number on the warranty certificate. On the watch itself it can be found on the lugs at the 6 oclock position on older models or engraved in the rehaut on newer models.

 

A new serial number system in 2010

In 2010, Rolex introduced a new serial number system for its watches.

This means that Rolex stopped following any sequential numbering system or order altogether, and now, Rolex engraves its watches with a randomized, and unique identifying letter and number. Before this, it was quite easy to estimate the age of a watch, as well as a year of production with the help of Rolex serial number databases.

YearFromTo
19272019021691
19282396924747
192928290
193029312
1931
193229312
193329933
193430823
19353433635365
19363685637569
193740920
193843793
193971224
194099775
1941106047
1942143509202026
1943230878
1944269561
1945302459
1946367946387216
1947529163
1948628840
1949
1950
1951709249710776
1952726639840396
1953793930973830
195497619543325*
19552178211297XX
1956139400217821
1957216821358XXX
1958353343426510
1959399XXX502683
1960511687642993
19616469XX702XXX
1962763663894XXX
196395XXXX1021800
19649974361195238
19651193XXX1259699
196612897271557XXX
19671554XXX186XXXX
196817209772477152
19692060XXX22927XX
1970242XXXX2959XXX
19712728XXX3037XXX
1972305XXXX3478400
197335236783741300
197437615354194183
197538860504267100
197641558634538000
197750080005367817
197852383765737030
197959528346122790
19806434000
19816594XXX6910000
198271293517437845
198378620008085072
19848338000
198586240008734XXX
198692900009824763
19879863279

As you can see Rolex restarted counting in 1954 when they reached 1 Million.

 

Up to now the exchange cases started with 4,4 Mil. But since all those numbers are used up

they start now with a 4,7 Mil.

 

In 1987 Rolex started to put a letter in front of the 6-digit serial number:

LetterStarted in…
R1987
L1988
E1990
X1991
N1991(NOV)
C1992
S1993
W1995
T1996
U1997(AUG)
A1998(NOV)
P2000(JAN)
K2001(SEP)
Y2002(SEP)
F2003(SEP)
D2005(APR)
Z2006(MAY)
M2007(AUG)
V2008(AUG)
G2010(JUN)

At the beginning of 2010 Rolex changed the system to individualize their watches.

 

From then the Serial Number will be composed of a random generated 8-digit mix of letters
and numbers which means that from now on only Rolex can tell you when the watch was
produced.