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Rolex Watch Production Dates by Serial Number

Serial numbers are located at 6 o'clock between the lugs and under the bracelet on most Rolex except quartz models.

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When Rolex reached the 999,999 production serial in the early 1950's they restarted the production serial at 100,000 rather than begin a 7 digit number at 1,000,000. During this time Rolex was also putting the date code on the inside of the case backs. Look for the Roman number I, II, III or IV for the quarter & two Arabic digits for the year.

In the late 1950's, Rolex again reached the 999,999 production serial & started their 7 digit numeric numbering system at 1,000,000 for production serials, this continued until the 1990's until production serials reached 9,999,999.

Rather than begin an 8 digit production serial, Rolex instead began their serials with a letter prefix (1987 _) such as R, then L, E & X. Rolex did not use an "O" as to be confused with a zero. Every year to date, serial numbers start with a letter and run to 9,999,999 and then a new letter starts.

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Serial # Date
21691 1927
23969 1928
24747 1928
28290 1930
29312 1932
29933 1933
30823 1934
35365 1935
37596 1936
40920 1937
43739 1938
71224 1939
99775 1940
106047 1941
143509 1942
230878 1943
269561 1944
302459 1945
387216 1946
529163 1947
628840 1948
710776 1951
840396 1952
929426 IV 1953
930879 I 1953
931080 II 1953
937170 I 1954
941699 I 1953
952892 I 1954
955466 IV 1953
Serial # Date
964789 IV 1953
973697 IV 1953
973930 III 1953
116578 IV 1953
132562 III 1953
139400 I 1956
139477 I 1956
282632 III 1955
321884 IV 1957
345500 II 1957
360171 I 1958
383893 I 1958
362214 I 1958
385893 II 1958
391528 III 1958
426074 IV 1958
412128 IV 1958
693808 II 1960
763663 II 1962
764754 I 1962
869868 IV 1962
985015 I 1964
1041729 II 1964
1182076 III 1964
1259699 II 1965
1345681 IV 1965
1871000 1966
1994956 III 1966
2163900 1967
2426800 1968
Serial # Date
2555384 II 1970
2689700 1969
2952600 1970
3215500 1971
3478400 1972
3741300 1973
4004200 1974
4267100 1975
4538000 1976
5008000 1977
5482000 1978
5958000 1979
6434000 1980
6910000 1981
7386000 1982
7862000 1983
8338000 1984
8614000 1985
9290000 1986
9766000 1987
9999999 19871/2
R000001 19871/2
R999999 1988
L000001 1989
L999999 19901/2
E000001 19901/2
E999999 19911/2
X000001 19911/2
N000001Late 1991
C000001 1992
Serial # Date
S000001 1993
W000001 1994-1995
T000001 1996
U000001Mid 1997
A0000011999
P000001Early 2000
K000001Mid 2001
Y000001Mid 2002
F000001Mid 2003
D000001Early 2005
Z000001Early 2006
M000001Late 2007
V000001Late 2008 Current