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Rolex Serial Numbers with Production Dates

The Rolex serial numbers are found between the lugs on the side of the case at the 6 o’clock side, behind the bracelet. This 4-8 digit number is engraved by Rolex on every watch and it can be used to determine its production date. Beginning in 2005, the Company started to also engrave the serial number on the inside flange (or “rehaut” as it’s called in French) between the dial and the crystal. Starting in 2008, the Company began to only engrave the numbers on the rehaut. We provide this verified database chart for those folks looking for an answer to an often asked question, "where or how do I find the Rolex serial numbers on my watch."

These sets of numbers, for example 28000 for the year 1926 or Z000001 for year 2006, are inscribed by machine on the side of the watch case between the lugs at 6 o’clock (see below). It is very helpful to know the official Rolex production date to help us determine its market value.

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Manufacture Date Look Up Tool & Chart

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(Year of Production)
Serial Number
(Serial number of your Rolex)
2018 Random
2017 Random
2016 Random
2015 Random
2014 Random
2013 Random
2012 Random
2011 Random
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1930 23,186
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001

Model Numbers

Model Numbers

Rolex engraves or assigns a 4-6 digit model number to every watch type it produces. This number can be found engraved between the lugs on the side of the case above 12 o’clock. The model number can indicate the model type, bezel, and material of your watch. For example, the reference number 16234 can be broken out into three section, which is 162 | 3 | 4. The first, 162, indicates that this watch is a Datejust. The second, 3, indicates that the bezel is fluted. The third, 4, indicates that the watch material is Stainless w/ 18k White Gold.

What The Numbers Mean:

The first two or three digits indicate the model type of the watch. If the model number is five digits long, the 5th number defines the type of bezel it has and the last number defines the material the watch is made of. Hence, a 16610 would be a Submariner with an engine turned bezel made of stainless steel.

Rolex Type
Submariner (no date) 55 & 140
Submariner 16, 166 & 168
Sea Dweller 16 & 166
GMT Master 16, 65, 167
GMT Master II 167, 1167
Day-Date (President) 65, 66, 18, 180, 182 & 183
Datejust 16 & 162
Daytona Manual Wind 62
Daytona Cosmograph 165, 1165
Explorer II 165
Oyster Perpetual 10, 140, 142
Airking 55 & 140
Date 15 & 150
OysterquartzDatejust 170
Oysterquartz Day-Date 190
Yachtmaster 166, 686 & 696
Midsize Oyster Perp DJ 68, 682
Ladies Oyster Perpetual 67, 671, 672
Ladies Date 65, 69, 691 & 692
Ladies Datejust 65, 69, 691 & 692
Polished 0
Engine Turned 1
Engine Turned 2
Fluted 3
Hand-Crafted 4
Pyramid 5
Rotating Bezel 6
Stainless 0
Yellow Gold Filled 1
White Gold Filled 2
Stainless & Yellow Gold 3
Stainless w/ 18k White Gold 4
Gold Shell 5
Platinum 6
14k Yellow Gold 7
18k Yellow Gold 8

Rolex Clasp Codes

Rolex Clasp Codes

Many Rolex watches have a clasp code located inside the clasp hinge. This code is based on the month and year the clasp was manufactured. After inspecting the clasp you will see 1 or 2 letters followed by a number. The letter corresponds with a year and the number signifies a month. For instance, per the table below, we see that a bracelet stamped G4 was manufactured in April 1982. A service replacement” bracelet would have an additional "S" stamped along with the year.

Bracelet Code Year
A or VA 1976
B or VB 1977
C or VC 1978
D or VD 1979
E or VE 1980
F or VF 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
T or W 1995
V 1996
Z 1997
U 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

Country Codes

Country Codes

The table below lists all the 3 digit country codes for Rolex watches. This country code can be found in the upper left hand corner on the Rolex Guaranty Certificate. There is no country code for the USA and most watches older than 1980 will NOT have a country code.

Code Country
010 Switzerland
012 Switzerland
013 Switzerland
014 Switzerland
015 Switzerland
021 Switzerland
025 Switzerland
026 Switzerland
033 Switzerland
045 Switzerland
100 Germany
110 France
113 France
120 Austria
121 Austria
123 Austria
126 Austria
128 Austria
130 Belgium / Luxemburg
133 Netherlands
134 Netherlands
135 Netherlands
Code Country
137 Netherlands
138 Netherlands
150 Spain
160 England
170 Italy
200 Greece
201 Malta
202 Turkey
208 Greece
213 Portugal
217 Portugal
226 Denmark
228 Denmark
233 Denmark
237 Iceland
265 Sweden
267 Sweden
270 Sweden
271 Sweden
283 Finnland
321 Czech Republic
400 Hong Kong
Code Country
413 Korea
430 Singapore / Brunai
431 Malaysia
440 Taiwan
500 India
505 Pakistan
527 Middle East
532 Saudi Arabia
536 Abu Dhabi
537 Dubai
538 Oman
542 Iran
548 Israel
680 South Afrika
700 Canada
710 USA
720 Mexico
741 Bahamas
742 Bermuda
752 Jamaica
758 Virgin Islands
761 Netherlands Antilles
Code Country
762 Aruba
765 Antigua
766 Saint Martin
767 Grand Cayman
768 Panama
770 Venezuela
780 Brazil
781 Chile
783 Peru
790 Argentina
810 Australia
818 Philippines
828 China
842 New Zealand
871 Hawaii
872 Alaska
873 Guam
888 Hong Kong
900 Japan
906 Natex Retail, German NATO Airbase

Sapphire Evolution

Sapphire Evolution

The upgrade to the sapphire crystal occurred on the following years. This data was originally compiled from Professor Rolex Matthias.

Quartz Beta 21 Ref 5100 1970
Perpetual Ref. 1530, 1630, 1831 1975 1975 1975
Oysterquartz 1978 1978 1978
Air-King 1991
Perpetual 1991 1991
Date 1989 1989 1989
DateJust 1989 1989 1978
Turn - O- Graph New Plexi Ref 16250 1989 1989
Day - Date 1978 1978
Submariner 14060 1990
Submariner Date 1981 1984 Ref. 16803 1981
Sea-Dweller 1981
GMT Master 1989 New Plexi Ref 1675/3, 16753 1981
GMT Master II 1984 1989 1989
Explorer 1990
Explorer II 1984
Cosmograph Daytona 1988 1988 1988

Serial Numbers 5

Serial Numbers 6

Red Letters

Some of the older papers issued in the United States have red letters stamped on the certificate. These red letters signifies when the watch was shipped from Rolex USA to an Authorized Dealer.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0

For example, L RCCT would be 3 1998 or March 19, 1998.

Red Letters

How To Find The Production Year of Your Rolex

How To Find The Production Year of Your Rolex

While there is no "Official" Rolex Serial numbers database list from the Rolex Factory that shows dates of production, this chart below lists all the serial numbers gathered by proven authorities over the years. See the list below by production year to learn the year your watch was made. If you decide to sell a Rolex, check out our official price list before doing so. We've also added a serial numbers look-up table for Tudor watches below. These charts will be frequently updated to reflect any changes in the numbering system for future years. For more information on how these numbers work, click here - Wikipedia

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Find How Much Your Rolex Is Worth Today

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How To Find The Serial Numbers On Your Rolex Watch

The serial numbers can be found in one of two places on the watch. First check the inner rim of the watch face (also called the rehaut, which is french for "flange") between the dial and the crystal. If the watch was produced in 2005 or newer the serial should be engraved on the rehaut.

On older Rolexes, this serial is located on the side of the watch case at the 6 o'clock position where the bracelet is attached. To view these serial numbers, the bracelet must be detached from the 6 'clock side of the case. For instructions on removing the bracelet, see the video to the right or call us at 1-800-494-3708 to speak with a Rolex expert. You can also learn by watching the video at the top of the page.


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The model or reference number is located on the side of the watch case at the 12 o'clock position. As with the serial number, the bracelet must be detached from the 12 o'clock side of the case to be able to check the serial number. For instructions on removing the bracelet, watch the video above or call us at 1-800-494-3708 to speak with a Rolex expert.

Rolex has been engraving their watches with a unique Rolex serial numbers, and Rolex models number since the 1920’s as tool to track the production year of a Rolex watch. The production age of a pre-owned Rolex watch is a significant factor in determining its current market value. As you would expect, the value of a Rolex watch, unlike a fine wine, will decrease in value as new, improved models are launched by Rolex. For example, watches that have Rolex model numbers beginning with the letter Z were produced in the year 2006 and, all things considered, are valued higher than say a Rolex with serial numbers that begins with P for the year 2000. The age along with other factors such as the condition of the bracelet will help Bob's establish the true, fair market value of the wristwatch. This distinctive serial number is located on the inside case of the watch between the lugs below the 6 o’clock end of the watch. It is a five to seven digit number starting with 28000 in the year 1926. You will need to remove the bracelet carefully from the watch using a small screw driver or tack. While this number will tell us when the watch was made by Rolex, it will not tell us when the watch was eventually sold. Also worth noting is that the condition of the watch is as important as its age. The Rolex serial numbers (also referred to as Rolex style numbers or case number), is also helpful in determining if a watch such as a Submariner watch is a genuine authentic Rolex as some fakes do not have serial numbers (see How To Spot a Fake Rolex article for tips). When inspecting the different models of Rolex watches this "look up" tool, or widget, is the only one of its kind in the industry and allows people to easily find the manufacture date of their pre-owned Rolex by the Rolex band serial numbers. Ebay has a list or chart of the serial numbers with estimated production dates but they too do not have an easy to use look up tool like we provide here.

Note: If you need help on how to find the Rolex case number (serial #), please view the video below or check out find my Rolex serial numbers for a quick and easy tutorial about how to find Rolex numbers. Also refer to the Rolex Serial Number Chart below.


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