Production Year Identification & Serial Number Guide | How old is my Rolex?

All Rolex watches are associated with a unique serial number. They can be engraved on the case between the lugs on the portion of the case at the 6 o’clock position. Let's answer the following questions!

  • What do I need to know to identify the year of production?

  • How does the serial number help determine the Rolex production year?

  • Is there a Rolex Year List to make sense of the serial number?

The model number (usually a shorter number) is engraved at the 12 o'clock position. Older models have the numbers engraved on the inside of the caseback. The serial number allows you to identify that specific watch and determine its production date range.

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Starting in 2005, Rolex utilized the inner bezel to engrave the serial number. This inner bezel is also called the rehaut.

The inner bezel and rehaut is best described as the metal space between the dial and the crystal. Starting in 2008, Rolex only engraved the numbers on the rehaut. Use the chart below to determine the age of your Rolex!

 Year Serial
2020 - 2011
 Random Serial Number
2010
G
2009 V
2008 M or V
2007 M or Z
2006 D or Z
2005 D
2005 - 2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K or Y
2000 K or P
1999 A
1998 - 1997 U
1996 T
1995 W
1994 - 1993 S
1992 C
1991 N or X
1990 E
1989 L
1988 R
1987 9,000,000 or R
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,500,000
1984 8,000,000
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,500,000
1980 6,400,000
1979 5,700,000
1978 - 1977 5,000,000
1976 4,100,000
1975 3,800,000
1974 3,500,000
1973 3,200,000
1972 2,900,000
1971 2,600,000
1970 2,250,000
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,800,000
1967 1,500,000
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,000,000
1963 830,000
1962 740,000
1961 640,000
1960 520,000
1959 400,000
1958 330,000
1957 225,000
1956 135,000
1955 95,000
1954 25,000
1953 850,000
1952 725,000
1951 700,000
1948 630,000
1947 540,000
1946 370,000
1945 300,000
1944 270,000
1943 230,000
1942 145,000
1941 105,000
1940 99,000
1939 72,000
1938 44,000
1937 41,000
1936 37,000
1935 34,000
1934 31,000
1933 - 1932 29,000
1930 23,000
1927 20,000
1926

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