People are often looking for a Rolex serial number or Rolex model number database to verify their Rolex serial numbers and to work out their Rolex year of manufacture. Unfortunately many of the online Rolex serial number databases are very inaccurate, out of date and have been copied inaccurately many times. Still many people quote them and so wrongly date their watch.
I have therefore compiled a more accurate Rolex serial number database below, for everyone to use, from utilising highly accurate and trusted data.
The Rolex serial number of a watch is stamped between the lower lugs, where the bracelet is held in place. Up until the end of 1972, the ‘quarter’ of manufacture and year could also be found stamped inside the case back (eg iii 65 for 3rd quarter of 1965). The stamped case back date is usually close to the case date. It should never be newer than the date of the serial number, but on occassions it could be up to a year or two older as Rolex would have casebacks produced in batches and use them up as needed.
The Rolex serial no database below should give you a reasonably accurate idea of the year of your Rolex. Remember that the year of Rolex manufacture does not necessarily mean that was the year of sale, so Rolex guarantee papers or bracelets could be dated later, but not earlier.
If you have a query please feel free to contact me and if I can help you I will certainly try.
But if you are trying to work out “what year is my Rolex?” this should be a good place to start….
|Rolex Serial Number||Year|
|20,000 – 40,000||1927 -1937|
|40,000 – 200,000||1938 -1942|
|200,000 – 300,000||1941 -1944|
|300,000 – 500,000||1945 -1946|
|500,000 – 620,000||1947 -1948|
|620,000 – 700,000||1948 -1950|
|700,000 – 725,000||1951|
|725,000 – 880,000||1952|
|880,000 – 999,000||1953|
|0 – 49,000||1954|