Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rolex 's By Serial Number

Rolex Serial numbers
The serial letter and number of a Rolex watch can almost be compared to a car registration number and will help determine the original production date. The serial letter will then be followed by a series of numbers which will indicate production volume. For your research we have published below a list of serial data . You will also notice that earlier models only have a series of numbers.
Serial NumberYear
18710001966
19949561966
21639001967
24268001968
25553841970
26897001969
29526001970
32155001971
34784001972
37413001973
40042001974
42671001975
45380001976
50080001977
54820001978
59580001979
64340001980
69100001981
73860001982
78620001983
83380001984
86140001985
92900001986
Serial NumberYear
97660001987
99999991987 1/2
R0000011987 1/2
R9999991988
L0000011989
L9999991990 1/2
E0000011990 1/2
E9999991991 1/2
X0000011991 1/2
N000001Nov 1991
C0000011992
S0000011993
W0000011994/5
T0000011996
U000001Aug 1997
A000001Nov/Dec 1998
P000001Jan 2000
K000001Mid 2001
Y000001Mid 2002
F000001Mid2003
D000001Early 2005
Z000001Early 2006 - New
M000,001Jan 08 - Nov 08
V001,000Dec 08 - 2010
G /Random Serial2010 - Present
How can I view the number?
Serial numbers will be found stamped on the side of the watch body at the 6 o’clock end. You will need to release the bracelet away from the main watch body in order for you to see the number. This should only be carried out by an experienced watch maker. Never purchase a watch when the serial number has been tampered with.


Dream Watches - Rolex Serial Number
Below you will see 2 examples of Rolex guarantee papers, both display the watch perforated serial numbers along with the supplying dealer and date of sale. These papers are no longer used by Rolex and have been replaced with the more modern style warranty card.

Rolex 
Stainless Steel Daytona 116520
 Rolex 
Stainless Steel Daytona 116520

New Style Warranty Card
Recently Rolex have just changed from the old style papers which you see above to this new style warranty card. The information displayed is still the same format, model number, serial number, supplying dealer and customer details but it is now more durable and will last for years to come.
Country Codes
On your Rolex Guarantee/Warranty paper is a perforated number which is made up of 3 digits, these indicate in which country the watch was originally sold. This list may not be totally accurate as Rolex are continually adding new codes.
Below you find a list of the countries and their code:
010 - Switzerland265 - Sweden720 - Mexico
012 - Switzerland283 - Finland741 - Bahamas
100 - Germany400 - Hong Kong752 - Jamaica
110 - France413 - Korea767 Grand Cayman
114 - Nice430 - Singapore768 - Panama
120 - Austria431 - Malaysia780 - Brazil
130 - Belgium440 - Taiwan781 - Chile
134 - Netherlands500 - India790 - Argentina
138 - Netherlands505 - Pakistan810 - Australia
150 - Spain527 - Middle East818 - Philippines
160 - England532 - Saudi Arabia828 - China
170 - Italy538 - Oman842 - New Zealand
200 - Italy548 - Israel873 - Guam
201 - Malta680 - South Africa888 - Hong Kong
202 - Egypt700 - Canada900 - Japan
208 - Greece710 - USAll

Model Codes
A model code is a series of up to six numbers which can be found stamped on the side of the body of the watch at the the 12 o’clock end, but to view this the bracelet will need to be released. This should only be carried out by an experienced watch maker.


Dream Watches - Rolex Model Code

Some examples of model numbers:
16610Rolex Steel Submariner with date
16750Rolex Explorer
16613Rolex Steel and Gold Submariner
16710Rolex GMT
14060MRolex Submariner non date in steel
116520Rolex Daytona in steel
116523Rolex Daytona in steel and gold
16622Rolex Yachtmaster fullsize
16600Rolex Sea-Dweller
16618Rolex Submariner solid gold
179174Rolex ladies steel Date-Just

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for compiling this list. I couldn't find my watch on your chart and was wondering if the one on Bob's Watches is a good alternative? I also found one of Beck or Becker. Would you recommend using either one of those?

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