Rolex Serial Numbers

How do I date my Rolex watch?

If you have lost or have un-dated Rolex certificates the information below may be able to help you date your watch. To do this you will need your Rolex Serial Number.

You can find your Rolex serial number on your Watch located by removing the bracelet or (depending on your model) from around 2005 onwards on the rehaut (seen by looking through the glass at the bezel below 6 o’clock.).

Rolex Lug Serial Numbers Rolex Rehaut Serial Number

The information provided is best-guesswork based on information gathered from unofficial sources. It is also worth bearing in mind that the date recorded on the Rolex certificate is the sales date, the manufacture date could have been some years previous.

Current

2009 Autumn to present – Random Serials (there have also been records of G prefix serials from 2009). It is no longer possible to date Rolex watches this way.

Letter Prefix Years (from)

V 000,001 – Late 2008
M 000,001 – Early 2008
Z 000,001 – Mid 2006
D 000,001 – Early 2005
F 000,001 – Early 2004
Y 000,001 – Mid 2002
K 000,001 – Mid 2001
P 000,004 – Early 2000
A 000,002 – Late 1998
U 000,001 – Mid 2007
T 000,001 – 1996
W 000,001 – 1994
S 000,001 – 1993
C 000,001 – 1992
N 000,001 – Late 1991
X 000,001 – 1991
E 000,001 – 1990
L 000,001 – 1989
R 000,000 – 1987

Numbered Serials

9,760,000 – 1987
9,300,000 – 1986
8,814,000 – 1985
8,388,000 – 1984
7,860,000 – 1983
7,366,000 – 1982
6,910,000 – 1981
6,430,000 – 1980

5,959,000 – 1979
5,481,000 – 1978
5,005,000 – 1977
4,535,000 – 1976
4,265,000 – 1975
4,000,000 – 1974
3,741,000 – 1973
3,478,000 – 1972
3,215,000 – 1971
2,952,000 – 1970

2,689,000 – 1969
2,426,000 – 1968
2,164,000 – 1967
1,870,000 – 1966
1,791,000 – 1965
1,713,000 – 1964
1,635,000 – 1963
1,557,000 – 1962
1,485,000 – 1961
1,401,000 – 1960

1,323,000 – 1959
1,245,000 – 1958
1,167,000 – 1957
1,095,000 – 1956
1,010,000 – 1955

935,000 – 1954

*Some American sources claim that in 1954 Rolex serial numbers restarted from 100,000 after reaching 999,999, this can explain some discrepancies. Knowing the model number of your watch can help place the correct date if you come across this.

869,000 – 1953
804,000 – 1952
735,000 – 1951
372,000 – 1950

608,000 – 1949
543,000 – 1948
478,000 – 1947
413,000 – 1946
348,000 – 1945
284,000 – 1944
253,000 – 1943
224,000 – 1942
194,000 – 1941
165,000 – 1940

136,000 – 1939
118,000 – 1938
98,000 – 1937
82,000 – 1936
62,000 – 1935
55,000 – 1934
49,000 – 1933
43,000 – 1932
40,000 – 1931
38,000 – 1930

35,000 – 1929
33,000 – 1928
30,000 – 1927
>28,000 – 1926
25,000 – 1925