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Rolex Production Dates

 

ROLEX

Serial Numbers by Date of Manufacture.

1927 and Rolex began issuing every Rolex Oyster case it's own individual unique serial number to distinguish them from any other watch, in 1953 the numbers reached the 999,999 mark, at which time Rolex decided not to add a 7th digit, thus continuing into the "millions"--Instead, they started the sequence aver at 100,001.

Rolex had initiated another dating system--They stamped the inside of the case back with a code consisting of a Roman numeral and two numbers. The Roman numerals were I, II, III, IV, which represented which quarter of the year the watch was produced. The numbers simply represented the two-digit year in which the watch was produced. Therefore, the code III 53 would represent the 3rd quarter (i.e. July-September) of 1953--this code continued until around 1970.

In the early 1960s, Rolex once again reached the 999,999 mark, but this time added a 7th digit and continued until mid 1987, when the numbering reached 9,999,999. At this time, Rolex elected to start numbering with a letter prefix (e.g. R000001).

The system started with the letter "R", which was then subsequently followed by L-E-X. spelling out the word "ROLEX" with the "O" being omitted, to help avert any possible confusion with the number "0". This sequence continued through November 1991, when a new numbering system was introduced utilizing the letters N, C and S, which took them through 1993. In 1994, Rolex started yet another sequence with the letters: W, T and U, then A, P, and K in subsequent years.

To add to the confusion, many of these prefixes have run concurrently over the past few years, giving the appearance of a random numbering system. Therefore, only Rolex knows exactly when any particular watch was made.


The following list is comprised of known serial numbers for the years listed. By checking a particular serial number against this list you should be able to date a watch with reasonable accuracy. However, it is no guarantee as to when your watch was shipped from the factory. PLEASE NOTE: this list only applies to Rolex Oyster-cased watches.

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21691 .............................1927

23969 .............................1928

24747 .............................1928
28290 .............................1930
29312 .............................1932
29933 .............................1933
30823 .............................1934
35365 .............................1935
37596 .............................1936
40920 .............................1937
43739 .............................1938
71224 .............................1939
99775 .............................1940
106047 ...........................1941
143509 ...........................1942
230878 ...........................1943
269561 ...........................1944
302459 ...........................1945
387216 ...........................1946
529163 ...........................1947
628840 ...........................1948
710776 ...........................1951
840396 ...........................1952
929426 .......................... 1953
930879 .......................... 1953
931080 .......................... 1953
937170 .......................... 1954

941699 .......................... 1953

952892 .......................... 1954

955466 .......................... 1953
964789 .......................... 1953
973697 .......................... 1953
973930 .......................... 1953
116578 .......................... 1953
132562 .......................... 1953
139400 .......................... 1956
139477 .......................... 1956
282632 .......................... 1955
321884 .......................... 1957
345500 .......................... 1957
360171 .......................... 1958
383893 .......................... 1958
362214 .......................... 1958
385893 .......................... 1958
391528 .......................... 1958
426074 .......................... 1958
412128 .......................... 1958
693808 .......................... 1960
763663 .......................... 1962
764754 .......................... 1962
869868 ...........................1962
985015 .......................... 1964
1041729 ........................ 1964
1182076 ........................ 1964
1259699 ........................ 1965
1345681 ........................ 1965
1871000 .........................1966
1994956 ........................ 1966
2163900 .........................1967
2426800 .........................1968
2555384 ........................ 1970
2689700 .........................1969
2952600 .........................1970
3215500 .........................1971
3478400 .........................1972
3741300 .........................1973
4004200 .........................1974
4267100 .........................1975
4538000 .........................1976
5008000 .........................1977
5482000 .........................1978
5958000 .........................1979
6434000 .........................1980
6910000 .........................1981
7386000 .........................1982
7862000 .........................1983
8338000 .........................1984
8614000 .........................1985
9290000 .........................1986

9766000 .........................1987

9999999 ........................ 1987 1/2

R000001 ........................ 1987 1/2

R999999 .........................1988
L000001 ......................... 1989
L999999 ......................... 1990 1/2
E000001 ........................ 1990 1/2
E999999 ........................ 1991 1/2
X000001 .........................1991 1/2
N000001 ........................  Nov 1991
C000001 ......................... 1992
S000001 ........................  1993
W000001 .....................    1994/5
T000001 .........................1996
U000001 .........................Aug 1997
A000001 .......................   Nov/Dec 1998
P000001 ....................      Jan 2000
K000001 ...................       Mid 2001
Y000001 ...................       Mid 2002
F000001 ...................       Mid 2003
D000001 ...................       Early 2005
Z000001 ...................       Early 2006
M000001 ...................      Late 2007

 

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