Rolex Serial Number Production Date Guide

Rolex Production Date with Serial Numbers
Rolex Serial Number Guide for Production Date

What year was my Rolex was produced?

In simple terms, the easiest way to understand the year your Rolex was produced is to follow these steps:

Step 1: Locate the serial number on your Rolex watch either between the lugs on the 6 o’clock hour marker side of the case or on the inner part of the bezel, just beneath the sapphire crystal.

Step 2: Compare the Rolex serial number to the number on the guide below to determine the exact year it was manufactured.

Where is the serial number on my Rolex watch?

The Rolex serial number can be used to determine the year in which your Rolex was produced. Rolex Serial numbers can be located in one of two places on your watch. The first place you can check for your Rolex Serial number is in between the lugs on the six o’clock side of the metal case. The bracelet must be removed to make this number visible. The second area to check for your Rolex serial number would be on the inner part of the bezel, between the dial and the sapphire crystal. This is called, dial rehaut, when in French.

What is the difference between Rolex reference numbers and serial numbers?

Each Rolex watch has two different numbers engraved into its case. One of the numbers is the serial number, which is typically about 4-8 digits long. The other number on your Rolex is the reference number, which can be anywhere from 4-6 digits long. Both numbers are engraved into the case, between the lugs. The serial numbers are used to determine the year of production while the reference numbers are used to specify which models

For Rolex’s that were produced within the years 1927-2004, you can locate the serial number in between the lugs on the side of the 6 o’clock hour marker. Rolex’s produced in 2005-2009 have a serial number in between the dial and crystal, on the inside wall of the bezel. In 2010, the Rolex brand began to come up with randomized and unique serial numbers, making it a bit harder to determine the exact year the watch was manufactured. After you locate the serial number on your Rolex, look at the chart below to determine the exact year it was produced.


Before 2005- Serial number is between the lugs of the 6 o’clock side

After 2005- Serial number is on the inner part of the bezel (dial rehaut)

Use the chart below to understand exactly when your Rolex watch was produced.


Serial Number Production Year
2020 Random
2019 Random
2018 Random
2017 Random
2016 Random
2015 Random
2014 Random
2013 Random
2012 Random
2011 Random
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M or V
2007 M or Z
2006 D or Z
2005 D or F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K or Y
2000 K000001 or P000001/td>
1999 A00000
1998 U932144
1997 U000001
1996 T000001
1995 W000001
1994 S860880
1993 S000001
1992 C000001
1991 N000001 or X000001
1990 E000001
1989 L980000
1988 R598200
1987 R000001 or 9400000
1986 8900000
1985 8614000
1984 8070022
1983 7400000
1982 7100000
1981 6520870
1980 6434000
1979 5737030
1978 5000000
1977 5008000
1976 4115299
1975 3862196
1974 3567927
1973 3200268
1972 2890459
1971 2589295
1970 2241882
1969 1900000
1968 1752000
1967 1538435
1966 1200000
1965 1100000
1964 1008889
1963 824000
1962 744000
1961 643153
1960 516000
1959 399453
1958 328000
1957 224000
1956 133061
1955 97000
1954 23000
1953 855726
1952 726639
1951 709249
1948 628840
1947 529163
1946 367946
1945 302459
1944 269561
1943 230878
1942 143509
1941 106047
1940 99775
1939 71224
1938 43739
1937 40920
1936 36856
1935 34336
1934 30823
1933 29562
1932 29132
1930 13186
1928 23969
1927 20190
1926 00001
History of the Rolex Brand

In 1905, Hans Wilsdorf founded what would later be known as the Rolex brand in London, United Kingdom. Wilsdorf is most-commonly recognized for his creation of the first waterproof wristwatch. From there, he was able to create several state-of-the-art timepieces that quickly pushed him to the top of the watch-making industry.

Rolex is a world-renowned brand of luxurious Swiss-made watches, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Today, the brand is praised for its highly-coveted Professional and Classic luxury timepieces. Some of Rolex’s most popular models are the Submariner, GMT Master, Datejust, and Air King. One of the aspects of the Rolex brand that makes it so special is the fact that every piece and part of their watches are made of the highest quality materials and mechanical technology. The functionality and luxurious design of Rolex watches are truly unmatched.

Today, the Rolex brand has over 100 years of experience behind them and presents an ever-growing lineup of Swiss watches. Rolex continues to create various iterations of the most popular models to cater to a wider audience. Rolex still sets the bar for the highest standards in watchmaking history, allowing its loyal consumers to rest assured that the timepiece they are buying is not only a watch but a lifelong investment.


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