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ROLEX PRODUCTION DATES BY SERIAL NUMBER

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Thursday, 22nd June 2017

ROLEX PRODUCTION DATES BY SERIAL NUMBER

The serial number is traditionally located at 6 o'clock between the lugs and under the bracelet.

In 2005, Rolex began engraving the serial number on the rehaut (French for 'flange') between the dial and the crystal as well as the 6' o'clock location.

Starting in 2008, Rolex stopped engraving the serial number at the case 6 o'clock location, using only the rehaut location. By 2010 this practice had gradually transitioned to all models.

In 2010, Rolex mostly abandoned their conventional numbering sequence in favor for a mixed (aka random aka scrambled) serial. They will be 8 digits, opposed to 7 in the past. Random examples of these indecipherable numbers are "OT23Q257", "12345J78", and "345X29VN".

Mixed Serials 2009 (Fall) to Present
G000,001 * 2009 (Fall) to Present
V000,001 2008 (Fall)
M000,001 2007 (Fall)
Z000,001 2006 (Summer)
D000,001 2005 (Summer)
F000,001 2003 (Fall)
Y000,001 2002 (Fall)
K000,001 2001 (Fall)
P000,001 2000 (Winter)
A000,001 1999
U000,001 1997 (Summer)
T000,001 1995 (Summer)
W000,001 1995
S000,001 1993 (Fall)
C000,001 1992 (Winter)
N000,001 1991 (Fall)
X000,001 1991 (Fall)
E000,001 1990 (Summer)
L000,001 1989
R000,000 1987 (Summer) **

Rolex never started a series with B, I, J, L, O, or Q.

9,999,999 1987
9,290,000 1986
8,814,000 1985
8,338,000 1984
7,862,000 1983
7,386,000 1982
6,910,000 1981
6,434,000 1980
5,958,000 1979
5,482,000 1978
5,006,000 1977
4,539,000 1976
4,267,100 1975
4,004,200 1974
3,741,300 1973
3,478,400 1972
3,215,500 1971
2,952,600 1970
2,689,700 1969
2,426,800 1968
2,163,900 1967
1,871,000 1966
1,792,000 1965
1,714,000 1964
1,636,000 1963
1,558,000 1962
1,480,000 1961
1,402,000 1960
1,100,000 1959
600,000 1957
400,000 1956
200,000 1955
999,000 1954 ***
950,000 1953
803,800 1952
738,700 1951
673,600 1950
608,500 1949
543,400 1948
478,300 1947
413,200 1946
348,100 1945
283,000 1944
253,400 1943
223,800 1942
194,200 1941
164,600 1940
135,000 1939
117,000 1938
99,000 1937
81,000 1936
63,000 1935
45,000 1934
42,680 1932
40,250 1931
37,820 1930
35,390 1929
32,960 1928
30,430 1927
28,000 1926
* We have seen G serialed watches that were produced in 2012, so Rolex is using both the mixed and the G at the same time.

** In 1987, rather than begin an 8 digit production serial, Rolex instead began their serials with a letter prefix such as R, then L, E & X. (ROLEX without the O) N, C, & S came out during the early to mid 1990's, W, T & U a little later. The latest letter prefixes are all running concurrently...as Rolex wishes! Only Rolex knows the exact date that any watch was actually produced. Confused...contact Rolex with the exact serial number of your watch...don't expect a reply with an answer!

*** When Rolex reached the 999,999 production serial in the early 1950's...they restarted the production serial at 100,000 rather than begin a 7 digit number at 1,000,000. During this period Rolex was also putting the date code on the inside of the case backs...so confusing production serials can sometimes have their production date determined. Look for the Roman number I, II, III or IV for the quarter & two arabic digits for the year.

In the late 1950's, Rolex again reached the 999,999 production serial & they started their 7 digit numeric numbering system at 1,000,000 for production serials, this continued until the 1990's until production serials reached 9,999,999.

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