The serial number is engraved between the lugs at the 12 o’clock position. In addition, every model has a specific reference number that is engraved between the lugs at the 6 o’clock position. In order to view these numbers the bracelet must be removed with a special tool. In 1954, Rolex reached 1,000,000 units produced. They decided to.
- Every Rolex is engraved with a unique serial number. This indicates what year the watch was made, and can be used to authenticate and value the timepiece. To find out your Rolex's manufacture date, simply search its unique serial number in our Rolex serial number database below.
- The serial number of a genuine Rolex watch is engraved deeply into its metal. This number is situated behind where the band joins the watch’s body on the 6 o’clock side. On the contrary, a fake Rolex timepiece usually has the serial number carved with acid. While a genuine Rolex watch will have its model number on the 12 o’clock side.
- A true Rolex is always worth a great deal, and a cheap Rolex is only a fake one, whether it’s being sold for “emergency reasons” or it’s a “great deal”. In Part 1 of the Rolex Authentication posts, I will give you some tips to check out the authenticity of a Rolex without even looking at the dial.
- Find the Rolex Serial Number On models produced before 2007, the Rolex serial number is located between the bottom lugs (where the band connects to the case). You will need to remove the band to view the serial number.
People are often looking for a Rolex serial number or Rolex model number database to verify their Rolex serial numbers and to work out their Rolex year of manufacture. Unfortunately many of the online Rolex serial number databases are very inaccurate, out of date and have been copied inaccurately many times. Still many people quote them and so wrongly date their watch.
I have therefore compiled a more accurate Rolex serial number database below, for everyone to use, from utilising highly accurate and trusted data.
The Rolex serial number of a watch is stamped between the lower lugs, where the bracelet is held in place. Up until the end of 1972, the ‘quarter’ of manufacture and year could also be found stamped inside the case back (eg iii 65 for 3rd quarter of 1965). The stamped case back date is usually close to the case date. It should never be newer than the date of the serial number, but on occassions it could be up to a year or two older as Rolex would have casebacks produced in batches and use them up as needed.
The Rolex serial no database below should give you a reasonably accurate idea of the year of your Rolex. Remember that the year of Rolex manufacture does not necessarily mean that was the year of sale, so Rolex guarantee papers or bracelets could be dated later, but not earlier. Flexisign pro 10 cracked full.
If you have a query please feel free to contact me and if I can help you I will certainly try.
But if you are trying to work out “what year is my Rolex?” this should be a good place to start….
How To Verify Rolex Serial Number
|Rolex Serial Number||Year|
|20,000 – 40,000||1927 -1937|
|40,000 – 200,000||1938 -1942|
|200,000 – 300,000||1941 -1944|
|300,000 – 500,000||1945 -1946|
|500,000 – 620,000||1947 -1948|
|620,000 – 700,000||1948 -1950|
|700,000 – 725,000||1951|
|725,000 – 880,000||1952|
|880,000 – 999,000||1953|
|0 – 49,000||1954|
In 1954 when Rolex reached serial numbers of 1 million they started again as follows:-
|Rolex Serial Number||Year|
|0 – 50,000||1954|
|50,000 – 150,000||1955|
|150,000 – 250,000||1956|
|250,000 – 350,000||1957|
|350,000 – 450,000||1958|
|450,000 – 550,000||1959|
|550,000 – 650,000||1960|
|650,000 – 755,000||1961|
|755,000 – 865,000||1962|
|865,000 – 1,000,000||1963|
|1,000,000 – 1,105,000||1964|
|1,105,000 – 1,275,000||1965|
|1,275,000 – 1,485,000||1966|
|1,485,000 – 1,710,000||1967|
|1,710,000 – 1,945,000||1968|
|1,945,000 – 2,240,000||1969|
|2,240,000 – 2,590,000||1970|
|2,590,000 – 2,890,000||1971|
|2,890,000 – 3,200,000||1972|
|3,200,000 – 3,570,000||1973|
|3,570,000 – 3,865,000||1974|
|3,865,000 – 4,115,000||1975|
|4,115,000 – 4,260,000|
5,000,000 – 5,085,000
|5,085,000 – 5,430,000||1977|
|5,430,000 – 5,865,000||1978|
|5,865,000 – 6,205,000||1979|
|6,205,000 – 6,560,000||1980|
|6,560,000 – 7,130,000||1981|
|7,130,000 – 7,600,000||1982|
|7,600,000 – 8,375,000||1983|
|8,375,000 – 8,785,000||1984|
|8,785,000 – 9,155,000||1985|
|9,155,000 – 9,860,000||1986|
|9,860,000 – 9,900,000||1987|
* During 1976 Rolex retained cases to be used as future ‘Service Cases’ and have issued these, so far, from late 4.38m cases to 4.8m cases.
When Rolex reached their 10,000,000’th serial number in 1987 they switched to Letter Prefix based serials starting with ‘R’. These did not follow alphabetically, nor did they start on the 1st of January each year – instead starting at different points within a year once all the serials had been used. A letter prefix was followed by 6 digits – so again giving 1m serials per letter and in the order below.
|Letter Prefix||Year Started|
From 2010 onwards Rolex serial numbers changed again. This time to 8 digits consisting of randomly generated numbers and letters. This does mean that currently and going forward only Rolex will be able to tell you the date of production on any particular watch.
Rolex Submariner Serial Number Verification
Attributing an accurate year of manufacture to a Vintage Rolex watch is not an exact science for a variety of reasons.
Rolex Watch Serial Number Verification
- Rolex does not publish dates of manufacture or provide archive extracts for watches.
- Published charts, like the one on the right, are based on serial number ranges and are unofficial. They rely in part on anecdotal information. Also, depending on the source, charts may have inconsistent information.
- Case back date codes may be helpful, but are not present in all models, more importantly they were not meant to denote the year of manufacture of a particular watch.
Collectors looking to date their Vintage Rolex watch precisely and unequivocally may be somewhat disappointed with the aforementioned ambiguity. However, it is possible to estimate the year of manufacture by polling several available sources to get a consensus of the approximate year of production.
Rolex Watch Serial Number Verification
- It is best to start by looking up the serial number on one or more of the published charts available in some of the books dedicated to Vintage Rolex, such as the two examples to the right. Additionally, there are similar charts on some websites, such as Bob's Watches.
- If the watch in question has a date code inside the case back, it can be helpful if it is corroborated by one
or more of the reference charts. If the case back date is different, more research and analysis may be needed.
A better understanding of case back date codes can be found on this website here.
- Auction houses such as Christies and Phillips Fine Watches maintain archives of past results that can be searched using the Submariner reference number. The search results will provide past auction sales with serial numbers and estimated production dates. These are not definitive either and should be used only for guidance.
- Experienced collectors and dealers who are knowledgeable in Small Crowns and are willing to share their passion can also be an invaluable resource in helping determine the production date as well as other invaluable information.
- In some rare instances, original receipts or other paperwork that accompanied the watch can shed the light on the production date.