Rolex engraves a unique, 5 to 8 digit serial number to every watch it makes that helps determine the approximate date, or year of production for that particular 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).
In 2005, however, Rolex began engraving the serial numbers onto the inner rim of the watch, called the "rehaut", for stylistic reasons (see above). Beginning in 2010, Rolex stopped following any sequential numbering system or order altogether and now engraves its watches with a randomized, arbitrary unique identifying number. While it had been relatively easy to ascertain a watch's approximate age, or year of production using a database of lists assembled over the years, this will no longer be possible with these new random mixed serial numbers (typical samples include "MN72LK22" or "JH675TR1" ).
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. 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.
|Rolex Serial Numbers - Production Years Table|
|Tudor Serial Numbers - Production Years Table|
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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. If you are searching "where to find Rolex serial numbers", please visit how-to-find-the-serial-and-model-number-on-your-rolex.
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. 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 a 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.
|Rolex Serial Number||Production Year|
|Clasp Code: LT||2009|
|Clasp Code: E6R, R5||2010|
Ardent Rolex enthusiasts and collectors will often specifically request certain dated Rolex reference numbers when adding to their collections. Every pre-owned Rolex watch seller, or Rolex buyer, wants to know the true resale value of a prevoiusly owned Rolex watch. And since age, along with the condition of the watch, is an important aspect in this process, we have created this handy guide to assist you. When buying a pre-owned Rolex such as the Rolex Yachtmaster, we encourage all of Bob’s Watche customers to research the popular Rolex case numbers. We hope you can “bookmark” this page and use it as a tool when you want to buy or sell a Rolex watches. So if you were searching on Google “find the year my Rolex was made,” or “Rolex serial numbers”, looking to find the production dates of Rolex watches, you have landed at the right place. How do you find the serial number on your Rolex? Check out this Bob's Watches Video Tutorial!
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