Panerai Serial Numbers

How to date my Panerai?

Unlike some watch brands, Panerai case backs are very helpful providing lots of useful information that can be used to identify and age a watch.

The majority of Panerai Watches will have the following numbers:

Case Numbers

Starting with ‘OP’ and normally followed by 4 numerals, the case number identifies the case used on the watch. Different Panerai models may share the same case and so have the same case number. Small changes in a case design over years can see the case number change for its model.

Serial Numbers

The serial number which is useful for recording a watches provenance normally starts with the letters ‘BB’ but ‘PB’ has also been used. These numbers started in 1997 and have been ascending since.

Edition Numbers

The edition numbers shows your watches number out of a its production run for example number 1 out of 1000 (K0001/1000). The number is preceded by a letter, this letter represents the year of the watches production run and can be used to date the watch. Below is a list of the letters that have been used and the dates they represent.

Serial LetterProduction Year
None1997
A1998
B1999
C2000
D2001
E2002
F2003
G2004
H2005
I2006
J2007
K2008
L2009
M2010
N2011
O2012
P2013
Q2014
R2015
S2016
T2017
U2018