Lookup Rolex Serial By Year

The timelessness of Rolex’s watch design brings both advantages and disadvantages. Because Rolex utilizes an evolutionary rather than revolutionary design ethos, discerning a late model Rolex from an older watch is difficult because there are few, if any, design differences. A Submariner purchased in 2000 is virtually indistinguishable from the same model watch purchased in 2004.Age is just one aspect of determining the value of a Rolex. Overall visible condition, intervals between service, original box and papers to verify the provenance are all aspects that sum the value of a Rolex wristwatch. Even with papers that shows the purchase date, a Rolex might sit in the dealer’s safe for one-two years before being sold. A NIB (New in Box) Rolex sitting in a dealer’s safe has a different value than the watch of the same age that had been worn.Until 2011 discerning the relative production date of a Rolex watch was easy by reading the serial number engraved between the lugs at the 6:00 o’clock position. Remove the bracelet on the 6:00 o’clock side and the serial number is visible where the bracelet’s end link formally rests. On Rolexes manufactured after 2003, the serial number is engraved on the dial rehaut at the 6:00 o’clock position visible through the crystal. Utilizing the serial number is not an absolute age identifier of the watch because parts may be in storage for quite a period of time before assembly. Nevertheless, the serial number provides a 1-2 year range on the age of the watch.

From 1925 until 1987 the first three digits of the serial number, and from 1987 until 2011, the preceding letter designate the watch’s approximate manufacture date. The chart below illustrates the approximate manufacture date according to serial number.

YEAR OF PRODUCTION BASED ON ROLEX SERIAL NUMBERS

YEAR SERIAL
2008-2009 ————— V000,001
2007-2009 ————— M000,001
2006-2008 ————— Z000,001
2005-2006 ————— D000,001
2004-2005 ————— F000,001
2002-2004 ————— Y000,001
2001-2003 ————— K000,001
2000-2001 ————— P000,004
1998-2000 ————— A000,002
1997-1998 ————— U000,001
1996-1998 ————— T000,001
1995-1998 ————— W000,001
1993 3/4 ————— S000,001
1992 1/4 ————— C000,001
1991 3/4 ————— N000,001
1991 1/2 ————— X000,001
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YEAR SERIAL
1991 1/4 ————— E 999,999
1990 1/2 ————— E 000,001
1990 ————— L 999,999
1989 ————— L 000,001
1988 ————— R 999,999
1987 1/2 ————— R 000,000
1987 1/2 ————— 9,999,999
1987 ————— 9,760,000
1986 ————— 9,300,000
1985 ————— 8,814,000
1984 ————— 8,388,000
1983 ————— 7,860,000
1982 ————— 7,366,000
1981 ————— 6,910,000
1980 ————— 6,430,000
1979 ————— 5,959,000
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YEAR SERIAL
1978 ————— 5,481,000
1977 ————— 5,005,000
1976 ————— 4,535,000
1975 ————— 4,265,000
1974 ————— 4,000,000
1973 ————— 3,741,000
1972 ————— 3,478,000
1971 ————— 3,215,000
1970 ————— 2,952,000
1969 ————— 2,689,000
1968 ————— 2,426,000
1967 ————— 2,164,000
1966 ————— 1,870,000
1965 ————— 1,791,000
1964 ————— 1,713,000
1963 ————— 1,635,000
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YEAR SERIAL
1962 ————— 1,557,000
1961 ————— 1,485,000
1960 ————— 1,401,000
1959 ————— 1,323,000
1958 ————— 1,245,000
1957 ————— 1,167,000
1956 ————— 1,095,000
1955 ————— 1,010,000
1954 ————— 935,000
1953 ————— 869,000
1952 ————— 804,000
1951 ————— 735,000
1950 ————— 372,000
1949 ————— 608,000
1948 ————— 543,000
1947 ————— 478,000
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YEAR SERIAL
1946 ————— 413,000
1945 ————— 348,000
1944 ————— 284,000
1943 ————— 253,000
1942 ————— 224,000
1941 ————— 194,000
1940 ————— 165,000
1939 ————— 136,000
1938 ————— 118,000
1937 ————— 98,000
1936 ————— 82,000
1935 ————— 62,000
1934 ————— 55,000
1933 ————— 49,000
1932 ————— 43,000
1931 ————— 40,000
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YEAR SERIAL
1930 ————— 38,000
1929 ————— 35,000
1928 ————— 33,000
1927 ————— 3,000
1926 ————— 28,000
1925 ————— 25,000
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