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How to work out the age of your Rolex

Rolex watches produced from the 1930's all the way through to 2010 can be dated to within a year or two by checking their unique serial number. This number is between 4 and 8 digits long as is engraved on every Rolex.

How many Rolex were made?

Rolex are notoriously secretive about their production numbers, however by using our proprietary data model we can see how many Rolex are currently available by year and the average asking price, the results might surprise you...

When was my Rolex made?

You can use the table below to lookup the year of your Rolex based on the serial number, if you need help finding this see our guidance at the bottom of this article.

YearSerial Number
2011 - 2021
Random
2010G
2009V
2008M or V
2007M or Z
2006D or Z
2005D or F
2004F
2003F
2002Y
2001K or Y
2000K,000,001 or P,000,001
1999A,000,001
1998U,932,144
1997U,000,001
1996T,000,001
1995W,000,001
1994S,860,880
1993S,000,001
1992C,000,001
1991N,000,001 or X,000,001
1990E,000,001
1989L,980,000
1988R,598,200
19879,400,000 or R,000,001
19868,900,000
19858,614,000
19848,070,022
19837,400,000
19827,100,000
19816,520,870
19806,434,000
19795,737,030
19785,000,000
19775,008,000
19764,115,299
19753,862,196
19743,567,927
19733,200,268
19722,890,459
19712,589,295
19702,241,882
19691,900,000
19681,752,000
19671,538,435
19661,200,000
19651,100,000
19641,008,889
1963824,000
1962744,000
1961643,153
1960516,000
1959399,453
1958328,000
1957224,000
1956133,061
195597,000
195423,000
1953855,726
1952726,639
1951709,249
1950
1949
1948628,840
1947529,163
1946367,946
1945302,459
1944269,561
1943230,878
1942143,509
1941106,047
194099,775

How to find the serial number

Between the lugs at 6 o'clock. The serial is etched between the lugs at the bottom side of the dial. For most watches this means you need to remove the bracelet or strap for it to be visible

Removing the strap. Use a strap tool to carefully remove the strap or bracelet. Careful with the spring bars they can spring out and under the sofa if you're not careful! If in doubt or if you're struggling ask your local jeweller or watchmaker for a hand

Finding the model number. At the top of the watch (12 o'clock) you will find the model number. The model number plus the serial number will be really helpful in determining the age and value of your watch.

Once the bracelet has been removed finding the numbers is easy

Table credit: Bob's Watches (USA)