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Old 10 July 2005, 06:43 PM   #1
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Rolex Serial Numbers Dates Etc.

Vintage Rolex case numbers.
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Old 11 July 2005, 04:32 AM   #2
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Thanks, Padi, but what happened to my D-series.....??


Well, actually, I did read somewhere that the D-series was started in April 2005.

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Old 23 March 2007, 05:53 AM   #3
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Hi Padi,can You tell Me the Serial Number A203228 from a Rolex GMT II 16710 what is the date(year)?
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Old 23 March 2007, 05:59 AM   #4
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Hi Padi,can You tell Me the Serial Number A203228 from a Rolex GMT II 16710 what is the date(year)?
A-series would go back to 1999. Click on this link for more info...great link:

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Old 27 March 2007, 10:20 AM   #5
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Old 18 August 2008, 05:13 PM   #6
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ROLEX Serial Numbers by Date of Manufacture.

Serial # ........................Date
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 ......................IV 1953
930879 .........................I 1953
931080 ........................II 1953
937170 .........................I 1954
941699 .........................I 1953
952892 .........................I 1954
955466 ......................IV 1953
964789 ......................IV 1953
973697 ......................IV 1953
973930 ......................III 1953
116578 ......................IV 1953
132562 .......................III 1953
139400 .........................I 1956
139477 .........................I 1956
282632 .......................III 1955
321884 ......................IV 1957
345500 ........................II 1957
360171 .........................I 1958
383893 .........................I 1958
362214 .........................I 1958
385893 ........................II 1958
391528 .......................III 1958
426074 ......................IV 1958
412128 ......................IV 1958
693808 ........................II 1960
763663 ........................II 1962
764754 .........................I 1962
869868 ......................IV 1962
985015 .........................I 1964
1041729 ......................II 1964
1182076 .....................III 1964
1259699 ......................II 1965
1345681 ....................IV 1965
1871000 .........................1966
1994956 .....................III 1966
2163900 .........................1967
2426800 .........................1968
2555384 ......................II 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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Old 24 August 2008, 11:27 AM   #7
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Oyster Perpetual Serial No.?

Hi,

I do not know how to remove the bracelet so I can see the serial number.
Can someone help me, please? I have owned it over 10 yrs. and would like
to sell it. The potential buyer wants the serial number.

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Old 29 August 2008, 03:58 PM   #8
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Hi,

I do not know how to remove the bracelet so I can see the serial number.
Can someone help me, please? I have owned it over 10 yrs. and would like
to sell it. The potential buyer wants the serial number.

Thanx
If it is an open lug design, just stick a pin, needle, really tiny screwdriver, or some such object into the lug hole. Actually, your first choice would be a wooden toothpick, but that might not be strong enough. Push the end of the pin that secures the bracelet to the case far enough in so that the pin, which is held in place by spring tension, recesses into the tube surrounding the pin enough so that you can slide the bracelet away from the case. Try not to launch the pin to the other side of the room while you are doing this. Some people like to put tape around the lug hole to avoid scratching the case.

The end of the bracelet that you want to remove is the 6 o'clock side.
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Old 4 September 2008, 12:08 PM   #9
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I just received my first Rolex watch (it was a gift). It is an Oyster Perpetual Date model and I'm told it is a 1957 vintage.

Where can I find more information about this watch, particularly about the movement. I haven't been able to remove the band to get the serial number (as described in the above post). I have a tool to press the pin but the band doesn't come off. The band is pretty tight in the lugs and I don't want to force it. Do I have to press both ends of the pin at the same time to slide it out?

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Old 4 September 2008, 10:55 PM   #10
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Here's a working link.

http://www.watchbasics.com/rolex_serial_number.htm
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Old 7 September 2008, 04:49 PM   #11
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ROLEX Serial Numbers by Date of Manufacture.

Serial # ........................Date
6434000 .........................1980
6910000 .........................1981
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M000001 ...................Late 2007
Hi,

I inherited a Sub which was purchased in 1981, but the serial number on the warranty starts with 616xxxxx. So, how can I determine the date of manufacture?

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Old 12 September 2008, 02:59 AM   #12
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Thank you, this is very helpful
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Old 12 December 2008, 02:34 PM   #13
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Thank you for the info, very useful.
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Old 25 December 2008, 03:49 AM   #14
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ROLEX Serial Numbers by Date of Manufacture.
I have 2 questions about this. I'm finding two conflicting Rolex Serial #/Year charts. One is the one you show, the other is this:

http://www.suissewatchservice.com/rolex-serial.html

Which I have also seen in several places. They don't match up. Why is that?

Also, the one you quote has a very weird hole between 1948-1951 and I haven't been able to find out why that is. Not only does it not have date/serial number correlations, but the production numbers seem off. From 1948-1951 (3 years) there were 81,936 Rolex’s made, but from 1947-1948 (1 year) there were 99,677 Rolex’s made. Is it just me or does that seem fishy? It would make sense if I heard about them changing factories or something weird happened in that period that stopped production for a while, but I don't see any mention of it anywhere. Please advise.
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Old 24 February 2009, 05:34 PM   #15
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yes im tryen to find out if my ROLEX is real or replica can someone let me know please .my ROLEX is a oyster perpetual DATEJUST imprint numbers are 62523H-18 steelinox and where i may go to find out value as well.
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Old 25 February 2009, 09:25 AM   #16
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whats serial does a daytona made in 2009 have, please?
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Old 26 March 2009, 03:50 AM   #17
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How do you open a closed lug design?
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Old 27 November 2011, 08:16 AM   #18
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yes im tryen to find out if my ROLEX is real or replica can someone let me know please .my ROLEX is a oyster perpetual DATEJUST imprint numbers are 62523H-18 steelinox and where i may go to find out value as well.

i have the same serial number on my rolex daytona and i would like to know too, if my rolex is genuine or fake
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Old 27 November 2011, 08:22 AM   #19
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hi

can you help me please to find out if my rolex is genuine? i have the following serial number : 62523H 18. above this serial number it's graved: STEEL INOX and above: D12

Thank you for your time, i would be extremly gratefull if you would send me an e-mail at: doodlle_dude@yahoo.com
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Old 25 December 2011, 02:45 AM   #20
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Old 25 December 2011, 02:24 PM   #21
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Old 5 February 2012, 09:59 AM   #22
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Vintage Rolex case numbers.
http://www.network54.com/Realm/VintageRolexForum/

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Is this where it is now?

http://vintagerolexforum.info/vrf/index3.html
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I'm finding two conflicting Rolex Serial #/Year charts. One is the one you show, the other is this:

http://www.suissewatchservice.com/rolex-serial.html

Which I have also seen in several places. They don't match up. Why is that?
I am also perplexed by this difference in the available charts. I think I've seen at least three different versions around the Internet. Depending on which chart I check, my watch could be from 1960, 1965, or 1966!

Do the folks here know which list is absolutely, for sure, reliable? Or if none of them are?
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Old 6 February 2012, 08:29 PM   #24
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I am also perplexed by this difference in the available charts. I think I've seen at least three different versions around the Internet. Depending on which chart I check, my watch could be from 1960, 1965, or 1966!

Do the folks here know which list is absolutely, for sure, reliable? Or if none of them are?
None of them are totally reliable all any can tell you is a rough indication when a case was stamped.And not when a completed watch was made, and these Internet codes only work with the faster selling models like SS, with the gold models there could be quite a overlap for several years.
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I am also perplexed by this difference in the available charts. I think I've seen at least three different versions around the Internet. Depending on which chart I check, my watch could be from 1960, 1965, or 1966!

Do the folks here know which list is absolutely, for sure, reliable? Or if none of them are?
Your bound to get this kind of thing when end users try to come up with lists like this after the fact. They had an interest but Rolex did not, or doesn't care to release records they may have kept. But Rolex was just trying to sell them, they weren't trying to collect them.

Not sure if any list is more recognized as being more accurate than another, but then again like Padi said it's only an approximation anyways.
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A question, how does one know which case came in which year for these years since ref numbers overlap in 68 and 70? Also 70 and 71?
http://www.oysterworld.de/production-dates.html

1968 1720977 2477152
1969 2060XXX 22927XX
1970 242XXXX 2959XXX
1971 2728XXX 3037XXX
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A question, how does one know which case came in which year for these years since ref numbers overlap in 68 and 70? Also 70 and 71?
http://www.oysterworld.de/production-dates.html

1968 1720977 2477152
1969 2060XXX 22927XX
1970 242XXXX 2959XXX
1971 2728XXX 3037XXX
I think you can attribute that to the fact that these are only case stamping serialnumbers. These serial numbers in no way indicate when the complete watch was put together. Remember some models well sell slower than others. So there is bound to be some overlap.

Not to mention this list was put together by end users and not by the manufacture so there's going to be some guessing.


Anyway this was my guess based on how I understand it.
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I think you can attribute that to the fact that these are only case stamping serialnumbers. These serial numbers in no way indicate when the complete watch was put together. Remember some models well sell slower than others. So there is bound to be some overlap.

Not to mention this list was put together by end users and not by the manufacture so there's going to be some guessing.


Anyway this was my guess based on how I understand it.

Thanks Dan, just that say a 68 watch could also be classified as a 70's one or vice versa based on those overlapping numbers which is a difference of 2 years, so would require more knowledge on the dial, etc to date it precisely I guess.
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