New Rolex Serial Numbers

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For years, since 1927 actually, Rolex has been using its serial number system to date when the watch was produced. For example, in 1985 all new Rolex watches produced had a serial number which started with the number 8 and had 6 digits following it; thus making it an 8 million serial number. Midway through 1987 Rolex switched to having a number in front of the rest of the serial number. The first letter was “R” in 1987. Until August of 2008 this is how it was possible to date Rolex watches. After the last “V” serial number Rolex decided to make each serial number random, or at least random to the general public. Not only does this make it impossible to date new watches made after 2008 but it also deters counterfeiters. Rolex is the only one who knows the formula to their serial numbers. It is not uncommon to see a new watch with a serial number that contains more than one letter; never possible in the past.

It is going to be interesting to see how estate jewelry buyers and Rolex collectors handle this. It is very important in the world of used Rolex watches to be able to know approximately when the watch was made. A one year difference can make a dramatic change in the value of the watch. It would seem to me that Rolex has a specific code and can still tell when the watch was made based on this new system. It would be my guess that this code will be cracked sometime in the future. However, this is just speculation. Rolex may actually randomly create their new serial numbers. For the time being, only they know.

In any manor I am very curious to see what is done to estimate Rolex production years in the future.

Here is a list of Rolex serial numbers with their corresponding years of production:

Serial—————————-Year

28000—————————–1926
30430—————————–1927
32960—————————–1928
35390—————————–1929
37820—————————–1930
40250—————————–1931
42680—————————–1932
45000—————————–1934
63000—————————–1935
81000—————————–1936
99000—————————–1937
117000—————————1938
135000—————————1939
164600—————————1940
194200—————————1941
223800—————————1942
253400—————————1943
283000—————————1944
348100—————————1945
413200—————————1946
478300—————————1947
543400—————————1948
608500—————————1949
673600—————————1950
738700—————————1951
803800—————————1952
950000—————————1953
999999—————————1954*
200000—————————1955
400000—————————1956
600000—————————1957
800000—————————1958
1100000————————-1959
1402000————————-1960
1480000————————-1961
1558000————————-1962
1636000————————-1963
1714000————————-1964
1792000————————-1965
1871000————————-1966
2163000————————-1967
2426000————————-1968
2689700————————-1969
2952600————————-1970
3215000————————-1971
3478400————————-1972
3741300————————-1973
4004200————————-1974
4267100————————-1975
4539000————————-1976
5006000————————-1977
5482000————————-1978
5958000————————-1979
6434000————————-1980
6910000————————-1981
7386000————————-1982
7862000————————-1983
8338000————————-1984
8814000————————-1985
9290000————————-1986
9766000————————-1987
9999999————————-1987.5
R000000————————1987.5
L000001————————-1989
E000001————————1990.5
X000001————————-1991.75
N000001————————1991.75
C000001————————1992.25
S000001————————1993.75
W000001———————–1995
T000001————————1995.5
U000001————————1997.5
A000001————————1999
P000001————————2000
K000001————————2000.5
Y000001————————2002.75
F000001————————2003.75
D000001————————2005.5
Z000001————————-2006.5
V000001————————2008+

by Seth, Raymond Lee Jewelers

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One Thought on “New Rolex Serial Numbers

  1. thank you! i’ve been trying to find these for way too long. appreciated, bro!

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