Dating rolex watches serial numbers
Like many watch manufacturers, Rolex identifies the production year using either serial number range, or a letter prefix.
The case numbers below roughly indicates the year the watch case was produced and distributed to Authorized Dealers (ADs).
During the serial number transition years during the 1950's, the manufacture date was stamped the inside of the case-back with a Roman numeral designation for quarter.
For example, a II 54, indicated for the second quarter of 1954 .
Please contact Minus4Plus6 to report any errors/corrections.The model code that is both on the warranty as well as in catalogs breaks down as follows: First three digits designates model on traditional Rolex models: 140 = Oyster Perpetual Air King and Submariner 142 = Oyster Perpetual Chronometer 34mm and Explorer 152 = Oyster Perpetual Date - Mens 34 mm 162 = Oyster Perpetual Date Just – Mens 36mm 165 = Explorer II 166 = Submariner – Sea Dweller – Ya.phpaster 40mm 167 = GMT Master II 170 = Oyster Quartz Date Just 189 = Oyster Perpetual Special Edition 190 = Oyster Quartz Day-Date 1165 Cosmograph Daytona 1182 Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 1183 Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Serti (With Diamonds) After 2004-2006, the newer Rolex models have an extra 1 preceeding the model number. In the case of a 16710, the 0 signifies stainless steel.For example, a traditional, two-toned bezel GMT has a model number of 16710, but the newer super-cased, ceramic bezeled GMT is listed as a 116710 (extra preceeding 1). 0 = Stainless Steel 1 = Yellow gold Placor (Tudor) 22 = Stainless steel and Platinum (Ya.phpaster) 3 = Stainless Steel and 18k Yellow gold (Yellow Rolesor) 4 = Stainless Steel and 18k White gold (White Rolesor) 5 = Gold Shell (No Longer Used) 6 = Platinum 7 = 14k Yellow gold (No Longer Used) 8 = 18k Yellow gold 9 = 18k White gold BIC = Bi-Color 18k Yellow and White gold combo TRIDOR = 18k Yellow, White and Rose gold On watch certificates that are shipped with Non-United States Rolexes, there is a punched number in front of the serial number that signifies the country with which the watch was initially shipped by Rolex Geneva.A = 1976 B = 1977 C = 1978 D = 1979 E = 1980 F = 1981 G = 1982 H = 1983 I = 1984 J = 1985 K = 1986 L = 1987 M = 1988 N = 1989 O = 1990 P = 1991 Q = 1992 R = 1993 S = 1994 W = 1995 V = 1996 Z = 1997 Z - W= 1998 X = 1999 AB = 2000 DE = 2001 DT = 2002 AD = 2003 CL = 2004 MA = 2005 OP - 2006 EO = 2007 PJ = 2008 LT = 2009 RS = 2010 CP = 2011 Random three character alphanumeric = 2011 (e.g.CX3, J4M, 5AM, etc) S = Service: Clasp replaced during a "S"ervice.
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