Production Dates and Serial Numbers

ROLEX PRODUCTION DATES BY SERIAL NUMBER…

The serial number is traditionally located at 6 o’clock between the lugs and under the bracelet. In 2005, Rolex began engraving the serial number on the rehaut (French for ‘flange’) between the dial and the crystal as well as the 6′ o’clock location. Starting in 2008, Rolex stopped engraving the serial number at the case 6 o’clock location, using only the rehaut location. By 2010 this practice had gradually transitioned to all models.

In 2010, Rolex mostly abandoned their conventional numbering sequence in favor for a mixed (aka random aka scrambled) serial. They will be 8 digits, opposed to 7 in the past. Random examples of these indecipherable numbers are “OT23Q257”, “12345J78”, and “345X29VN”.

 

Mixed Serials 2009 (Fall) to Present

G000,001 * 2009 (Fall) to Present

V000,001 2008 (Fall)

M000,001 2007 (Fall)

Z000,001 2006 (Summer)

D000,001 2005 (Summer)

F000,001 2003 (Fall)

Y000,001 2002 (Fall)

K000,001 2001 (Fall)

P000,001 2000 (Winter)

A000,001 1999

U000,001 1997 (Summer)

T000,001 1995 (Summer)

W000,001 1995

S000,001 1993 (Fall)

C000,001 1992 (Winter)

N000,001 1991 (Fall)

 

X000,001 1991 (Fall)

E000,001 1990 (Summer)

L000,001 1989

R000,000 1987 (Summer) **

9,999,999 1987

9,290,000 1986

8,814,000 1985

8,338,000 1984

7,862,000 1983

7,386,000 1982

6,910,000 1981

6,434,000 1980

5,958,000 1979

5,482,000 1978

5,006,000 1977

4,539,000 1976

4,267,100 1975

4,004,200 1974

3,741,300 1973

3,478,400 1972

3,215,500 1971

2,952,600 1970

2,689,700 1969

2,426,800 1968

2,163,900 1967

1,871,000 1966

1,792,000 1965

1,714,000 1964

1,636,000 1963

1,558,000 1962

1,480,000 1961

1,402,000 1960

1,100,000 1959

 

600,000 1957

400,000 1956

200,000 1955

999,000 1954 ***

950,000 1953

803,800 1952

738,700 1951

673,600 1950

608,500 1949

543,400 1948

478,300 1947

413,200 1946

348,100 1945

283,000 1944

253,400 1943

223,800 1942

194,200 1941

164,600 1940

135,000 1939

117,000 1938

99,000 1937

81,000 1936

63,000 1935

45,000 1934

42,680 1932

40,250 1931

37,820 1930

35,390 1929

32,960 1928

30,430 1927

28,000 1926

 

 

 

* We have seen G serialed watches that were produced in 2012, so Rolex is using both the mixed and the G at the same time.

** In 1987, rather than begin an 8 digit production serial, Rolex instead began their serials with a letter prefix such as R, then L, E & X. (ROLEX without the O) N, C, & S came out during the early to mid 1990’s, W, T & U a little later. The latest letter prefixes are all running concurrently…as Rolex wishes! Only Rolex knows the exact date that any watch was actually produced. Confused…contact Rolex with the exact serial number of your watch…don’t expect a reply with an answer!

*** When Rolex reached the 999,999 production serial in the early 1950’s…they restarted the production serial at 100,000 rather than begin a 7 digit number at 1,000,000. During this period Rolex was also putting the date code on the inside of the case backs…so confusing production serials can sometimes have their production date determined. Look for the Roman number I, II, III or IV for the quarter & two arabic digits for the year.

In the late 1950’s, Rolex again reached the 999,999 production serial & they started their 7 digit numeric numbering system at 1,000,000 for production serials, this continued until the 1990’s until production serials reached 9,999,999.

ROLEX NUMBERS IN BRIEF

Last Updated: December 2007

Model Numbers: Rolex model numbers range from four to six numbers. The number is located at 12 o’clock between the lugs and under the bracelet. The first two or three digits describes the type of watch. If the watch has five digits, the second from the last describes (some exceptions) the type of bezel and the last describes the material that the watch is made from. Around 2000, Rolex began adding a 1 in front of some model numbers… Example; the steel Daytona went from 16520 to 116520. This list is not complete and is just a break-down.

Type of Watch…

Oyster Perpetual : 10, 140, 142

Air-King : 55 & 140

Date : 15 & 150

Datejust : 16, 162 & 1162

Daytona Manual Wind : 62

Daytona Cosmograph : 165 & 1165

Explorer : 142, 10 & 1142

Explorer II : 16 & 165

Sea Dweller : 16 & 166

Submariner : 16, 166 & 168

Submariner (no date) : 55 & 140

GMT Master : 16, 65, 167

GMT Master II : 167

Oysterquartz Datejust : 170

Oysterquartz Day-Date : 190

Day-Date (President) : 65, 18, 180, 182, 183 & 1182

Yachtmaster : 166, 686, 696, 1686 & 1696

Midsize Oyster Perpetual DJ : 68, 682, 782 & 1782

Ladies Oyster Perpetual : 67, 671, 672, 760 & 761

Ladies Date : 65, 69, 691, 692, & 791

Ladies Datejust : 65, 69, 691 & 692, 791 & 1791

Type of Bezel…

0 Polished

1 Finely Engine Turned

2 Engine Turned

3 Fluted

4 Hand-Crafted

5 Pyramid

6 Rotating Bezel

Type of Material…

0 Stainless

1 Yellow Gold Filled

2 White Gold Filled

3 Stainless & Yellow Gold

4 Stainless with 18k White Gold

5 Gold Shell

6 Platinum

7 14k Yellow Gold

8 18k Yellow Gold

9 18k White Gold

Serial Numbers: The serial number is located opposite of the model number at 6 o’clock between the lugs and under the bracelet. Since 1987, Rolex has used a system of 1 letter, followed by 6 digits. When buying and selling Rolex watches, that letter is one of the most important details many buyers will want to know. We believe there’s a good chance Rolex will produce (tens of) thousands of cases, but not complete the watch… So a case made in 2003 with a Y#, might not leave Switzerland for 2 more years. Also, models with gold and precious stones usually do not sell as quickly as steel models and will sit around the authorized dealer for a longer period.

Production Dates By Serial Number, with time of introduction…

Random : 2010 (Summer) – Current

G000,001 : 2009 (Fall) – Current

V000,001 : 2008 (Fall)

M000,001 : 2007 (Fall)

Z000,001 : 2006 (Summer)

D000,001 : 2005 (Summer)

F000,001 : 2003 (Fall)

Y000,001 : 2002 (Fall)

K000,001 : 2001 (Fall)

P000,001 : 2000 (Winter)

A000,001 : 1999

U000,001 : 1997 (Summer)

T000,001 : 1995 (Summer)

 

W000,001 : 1995

S000,001 : 1993 (Fall)

C000,001 : 1992 (Winter)

N000,001 : 1991 (Fall)

X000,001 : 1991 (Fall)

E000,001 : 1990 (Summer)

L000,001 : 1989

R000,000 : 1987 (Summer)

9,999,999 : 1987

9,290,000 : 1986

8,814,000 : 1985

8,338,000 : 1984