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.

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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

Bezel

  • Polished – 0
  • Engine Turned – 1
  • Engine Turned – 2
  • Fluted – 3
  • Hand-Crafted – 4
  • Pyramid – 5
  • Rotating Bezel – 6

Material

  • 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!

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Comments (18)

  1. Reply

    Rolex Submariner

    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. Reply

    Mike Mooney

    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

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    Terry Huffman

    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!

    • Reply

      Matt Becker

      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.

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    Gary McCloud

    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!

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    Ronald Bone

    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.

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    paul

    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?

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    mike

    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???

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    Jim

    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?

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    john

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

    • Reply

      Matthew Becker

      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. Reply

    Chris

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

  11. Reply

    Tim

    just inherited Rolex Perpetual Datejust. Checked the model #116264 on the case but it doesn’t have a fluted bezel. t look like a 116200 with Arabic numbers and a black concentric dial. Seeing how the numbers don’t match I’m guessing is not right. the serial # is F714983. Any thoughts on this?

  12. Reply

    Matthew Becker

    It sounds like you have a converted Datejust. In is not uncommon for Rolex owners to want something different on their watch. Changing the bezel is far less expensive than buying another Rolex.

  13. Reply

    E. Quackenbush

    What does the B signify in serial number 17013 B?
    Thanks,
    Ed

  14. Reply

    Stephen

    My 1991 Datejust (X419828) came to me without papers. I thought by this date the quickset function was incorporated. Is it possible, that all else works with my Datejust except the date quickset function or is it possible my 1991 D did not have a quickset function? Thanks

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    Andrea

    Hi, I have inherited a watch that states that it is a Rolex oyster perpetual date time. It looks pretty old…everything appears to be consistent with the watch being a true Rolex, apart from there is no serial number between the lugs…highly scratched though. Is there a chance that this maybe a true Rolex? I can’t take the back off, not sure how to unscrew it? Thanks in advance

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    Lisa

    I received a watch that belonged to my grandmother. It sat in a safe for 35 years. I’ve had a person that looked at it when I was looking for a link for it tell me it was a fake because the letters at the very bottom that say “officially certified chronometer” were not perfect, they are slightly faded, but offered to buy it from me and the person who actually ended up getting me a link (which was $250 just for the link) told me it was an authentic presidential series from 1951.
    The model number listed is 6517 on the 12oclock spot and the serial in the 6 is 741887.
    The top wording reads “Rolex, oyster perpetual, lady datejust” Could anyone help me out on this.

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