A Rolex watch is one of the most prestigious and sought after watches in the world. Here at Miltons Diamonds, we know that purchasing one of these luxurious timepieces raises numerous questions, new or second-hand. We pride ourselves on offering our customers an exquisite range of the finest pre owned Rolex watches, which remain in excellent condition, each with its own serial number.
Understanding Rolex serial numbers can be a real challenge, especially if you are unsure of what to look for. This is why we have created this easy-to-follow guide to explain the purpose of serial numbers, what they mean and where they are located. This guide also includes a table of Rolex serial numbers by year so that you can match yours up instantly, as well as a selection of tips on how to sell your pre-owned Rolex watch.
Read on to discover everything you need to know about Rolex serial numbers below.
WHAT ARE ROLEX SERIAL NUMBERS?
Ever since the 1920s, every watch Rolex has produced features a unique engraved serial number. If truly understood, serial numbers can offer vital information about each Rolex watch. Rolex Serial numbers can be invaluable when it comes to determining current market values, as well as the age of a watch and if genuine.
HOW DO I CHECK A ROLEX SERIAL NUMBER?
If you wish to check the serial number on your Rolex watch, this can be found between the watch casing lugs at the 6 o’clock position. In 2005, Rolex decided to change where the serial number was displayed. Rolex moved the code to the inner watch rim, or the ‘rehaut’. Moving the serial number location made it more difficult for fraudsters to create a fake copy. Rolex serial numbers used to be easily attributed to the year of manufacture, however in 2010, Rolex began to create randomised, unique identification numbers in the place of their usual sequential numbering system. Unsurprisingly this makes the task of matching up the codes to the production years a little more challenging, however, it does help when determining whether or not a pre-owned Rolex watch is genuine.
ROLEX SERIAL AND MODEL NUMBERS MEANING
So what do Rolex serial numbers mean? Every Rolex serial number is unique, indicating what year the watch was made and helping to authenticate a timepiece. In 2009, Rolex started using a random numbering system to generate its serial numbers, making the only way to identify the exact date of a Rolex produced in late 2009 onwards is to take it into an official Rolex dealer, or checking the watches papers.
Rolex model numbers are located between the watch casing lugs at the 12 o’clock position. Be it 4, 5 or 6 digits long, the unique sequence of numbers may look random, but there is meaning to it. Begin by looking at the first two to four digits of the code, this describes the type of watch. If the model number of your watch is five or six digits long, the second to last number describes the bezel. The final number symbolises the type of metal the watch is made from. For some watches, the codes will be slightly different in that they will have letters following the numerical digits, and these provide additional information about the watch.
ROLEX SERIAL NUMBERS CHART
To keep it simple, we have created a handy table below showing Rolex serial numbers by year, so that you can match yours up and discover the exact year that your timepiece was manufactured.
|1925 - 1930|
|25 - 27XXX = 1925||33 - 34XXX = 1928|
|28 - 29XXX = 1926||35 - 37XXX = 1929|
|30 - 32XXX = 1927||38 - 39XXX = 1930|
|1931 - 1940|
|40 - 41XXX = 1931||81 - 98XXX = 1936|
|42 - 44XXX = 1932||99 - 116XXX = 1937|
|45 - 48XXX = 1933||117 - 134XXX = 1938|
|49 - 62XXX = 1934||135 - 163XXX = 1939|
|63 - 80XXX = 1935||164 - 193XXX = 1940|
|1941 - 1950|
|194 - 222XXX = 1941||413 - 489XXX = 1946|
|223 - 252XXX = 1942||490 - 549XXX = 1947|
|253 - 282XXX = 1943||550 - 607XXX = 1948|
|283 - 347XXX = 1944||608 - 672XXX = 1949|
|348 - 412XXX = 1945||673 - 736XXX = 1950|
|1951 - 1960|
|737 - 803XXX = 1951||1090 - 1160XXX = 1956|
|804 - 868XXX = 1952||1170 - 1230XXX = 1957|
|869 - 933XXX = 1953||1240 - 1310XXX = 1958|
|934 - 1104XXX = 1954||1320 - 1390XXX = 1959|
|1105 - 1080XXX = 1955||1400 - 1480XXX = 1960|
|1961 - 1970|
|1480 - 1557XXX = 1961||1870 - 2159XXX = 1966|
|1558 - 1662XXX = 1962||2160 - 2419XXX = 1967|
|1663 - 1709XXX = 1963||2420 - 2679XXX = 1968|
|1710 - 1791XXX = 1964||2680 - 2949XXX = 1969|
|1792 - 1869XXX = 1965||2950 - 3209XXX = 1970|
|1971 - 1980|
|3210 - 3469XXX = 1971||4530 - 4999XXX = 1976|
|3470 - 3739XXX = 1972||5000 - 5399XXX = 1977|
|3740 - 3999XXX = 1973||5400 - 5899XXX = 1978|
|4000 - 4179XXX = 1974||5900 - 6399XXX = 1979|
|4280 - 4529XXX = 1975||6400 - 6899XXX = 1980|
|1981 - 1990|
|6900 - 7299XXX = 1981||9290 - 9759XXX = 1986|
|7300 - 7799XXX = 1982||9760 - 9999XXX = 1987|
|7800 - 8299XXX = 1983||RXXXXXX = 1988|
|8300 - 8599XXX = 1984||LXXXXXX = 1989|
|8600 - 9289XXX = 1985||EXXXXXX = 1990|
|1991 - 2000|
|XXXXXXX = 1991||TXXXXXX = 1996|
|NXXXXXX = 1991||UXXXXXX = 1997|
|CXXXXXX = 1992||AXXXXXX = 1998|
|SXXXXXX = 1993||PXXXXXX = 2000|
|WXXXXXX = 1995|
|2001 - 2010|
|KXXXXXX = 2001||ZXXXXXX = 2006|
|YXXXXXX = 2002||MXXXXXX = 2008|
|FXXXXXX = 2004||VXXXXXX = 2009|
|DXXXXXX = 2005|
SELL YOUR PREOWNED ROLEX
We hope our detailed guide to Rolex serial numbers has helped you understand your timepiece better, or even gave you the confidence to purchase your dream watch. Here at Miltons Diamonds we don't just sell watches, we buy them as well. Our dedicated Sell Your Watch page is perfect to gauge how much you could get for your timepiece, or even part-exchange it towards a new model.
When it comes to valuing your pre-owned Rolex, our experienced team will examine several factors, to ensure that you get a fair price. If you need any help with locating your serial number, or have any questions about selling your pre owned Rolex timepiece, contact the Miltons Diamonds team today and we will be happy to assist you.
Here at Miltons Diamonds, our extensive collection of second-hand Rolex watches has a huge array of beautiful designs for you to choose from. With our premium timepieces, quality is guaranteed, and plenty of choices available, including Rolex Datejust, Submariner, Daytona, GMT Masters and many more.