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Rolex Model Numbers

Matthew Becker - Jan 18, 2012 COMMENTS ( 12 ) >


Rolex Model Numbers

Anyone fortunate enough to receive a rolex with a history will undoubtedly want to find out a little more about it. One way of doing this is by using the model number. It can tell you the type of watch, type of bezel and the material from which it was made.

Unfortunately, rolex themselves don’t publish this information, so rolex enthusiasts such as ourselves have to combine our resources to put together something meaningful. This is the result.


How To Find the Model Number of Your Rolex

Finding the model number of your rolex watch is pretty straightforward. To access these numbers, you will need to remove the bracelet. The numbers will then be visible on the case where the bracelet joined it. Check the 6 o’clock position for the serial number and the 12 o’clock position for the model number.

What do the Numbers Mean?

Once you have identified the model number of your rolex, it’s useful to know what they mean. Fortunately, we can tell you. Currently, Rolex model numbers are four, five or six digits long.

The first two or three digits describes the type of watch. If the model number is five digits long, the penultimate number describes the type of bezel it has and the final number describes the material the watch is made from.

Rolex Type:

Oyster Perpetual – 10, 140, 142

Airking – 55 & 140

Date – 15 & 150

Datejust - 16 & 162

Daytona Manual Wind – 62

Daytona Cosmograph – 165, 1165

Explorer II – 165

Sea Dweller – 16 & 166

Submariner – 16, 166 & 168

Submariner (no date) – 55 & 140

GMT Master – 16, 65, 167

GMT Master II – 167, 1167

Oysterquartz Datejust – 170

Oysterquartz Day-Date – 190

Day-Date (President) – 65, 66, 18, 180, 182 & 183

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

Finely 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 with 18k White Gold – 4

Gold Shell – 5

Platinum – 6

14k Yellow Gold – 7

18k Yellow Gold – 8

For example, my Oysterquartz Datejust with a model number of 17014 breaks down to:

Oysterquartz Datejust type – 170

Finely Engine Turned – 1

Stainless with 18k White Gold – 4

Have you checked your Rolex lately? Share your model with us, leave a comment or picture below!


Comments (12)

  1. Rolex Submariner Reply 1 year 10 months ago

    I’m new to your blog and I really appreciate the nice posts. The articles are really interesting. So much useful info. I will be checking this blog frequently!

  2. Mike Mooney Reply 1 year 6 months ago

    Many thanks for the interesting blog on model numbers. I notice you don’t mention Cellini models, do you have any info. regarding Cellinis and do they differ from the sports models in serial no. etc

  3. Terry Huffman Reply 1 year 4 months ago

    My wife purchased a Rolex for me at the factory in 2007 on her trip to Europe. I have done the research on your website and it said that watch was made in 1998? They quit perducing them shortly after. OysterQuartz Datejust #17013A Any ideas? You have a great website!

    • Matt Becker Reply 1 year 4 months ago

      Yes, Rolex did stop manufacturing the OysterQuartz. It is a fantastic watch because it has one of the most bullet-proof bracelets, great lines, and a thermocompensated quartz movement. This watch is certainly a keeper.

  4. Gary McCloud Reply 1 year 4 months ago

    Hello, I have been having a hard time determining the age of my Rolex…the serial number listings just don’t seem to correspond to my watch, so hopefully you can help me! Here is the info I know;

    Vintage Rolex, Gold case with stainless Back
    Face: “Rolex Oyster Perpetual,” “swiss” at bottom /
    Side Case: “BREVET” with a little cross “+”
    Opposite Side Case: Serial #51226, below serial number on the side case are two tiny stamped boxes with “40″ and “cr”

    I also have photos I can email you Matt. Thanks for any help on this one!

  5. Ronald Bone Reply 11 months 3 weeks ago

    I have just opened up my grandmother’s old watch to find the name ROLEX and Swiss Made on the inside of the rear cover. The serial number is 19342 and there is a little ‘swiss’ cross in the middle, and what appears to be a number 90 surrounded by an oval of incised dots. There are also a number of scratched dates, presumably watchmakers repair date marks on the inside of the case. There are no markings on the face of the watch, and the bezel(?) is a sort of ‘pie crust’ shape. The material of the case appears to be gold of a pinkish hue although there are no hallmarkings. If you can give me any clues as to the model of this ladies watch and the possible authenticity of the watch I would be grateful.

  6. paul Reply 11 months 2 weeks ago

    i have a ss daytona with a serial number beginning with a ‘W’. i’m told the ‘W’ was used for only 6 months when rolex went to the ‘T’. why would rolex only produce the ‘W’ for such a short period of time?

  7. mike Reply 7 months 1 week ago

    my sister have a 1998 rolex cellini danaos quartz, with stamp A000000 and yet it does not have a rolex crown? did rolex make cellini danaos without a rolex stamp crown( adjust time) back in 1998???

  8. Jim Reply 6 months 1 week ago

    I have an old(ish) Rolex c1950, serial No 750554.
    No name on the face or model No. Just: “Rolex” & “Precision”
    Any clues on name / model?

  9. john Reply 4 months 1 week ago

    Hi can you tell me does the back case of a rolex 17013b screw off or is it pressed on

    • Matthew Becker Reply 4 months 4 days ago

      Oyster casebacks are all screw-on; they would not be a patented Oystercase otherwise. If you have an Oysterquartz with a press-on case back, I would be highly suspicious.

  10. Chris Reply 3 months 2 weeks ago

    Your site just saved me from buying the incorrect watch, Thanx

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