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In 2010 Rolex began issuing some models with “random” serial numbers. This means it will be difficult to date a Rolex watch by using the serial number in the future. Random is a very rare thing and I suspect that there is in fact a pattern to these numbers but we won’t be able to recognize the pattern or make it useful unless we have serial numbers to go by. Please register your Rolex Serial number in the form below and I’ll get my math loving friends to try and “break the code.” — I will not use these serial numbers for any other purpose.

Below the form is a useful list which can be used to date your Rolex Watch based on its Serial number up to and including 2010 for some models as new Datejust models appear to be using the letter G prefix instead of following the “random” system.

Serial No.

Model

Year





Year From: To:
1927 20190 21691
1928 23969 24747
1929 28290  
1930 29312  
1931    
1932 29312  
1933 29312  
1934 30823  
1935 34336 35365
1936 36856 37569
1937 40920  
1938 43793  
1939 71224  
1940 99775  
1941 106047  
1942 143509 202026
1943 230878  
1944 269561  
1945 302459  
1946 367946 387216
1947 529163  
1948 628840  
1949    
1950    
1951 709249 710776
1952 726639 840396
1953 793930 973830
1954 976195 43325*
1955   1297**
1956 139400 217821
1957 216821 358***
1958 353343 426510
1959 399*** 502683
1960 511687 642993
1961 6469** 702***
1962 763663 894***
1963 95**** 1021800
1964 997436 1195238
1965 1193*** 1259699
1966 1289727 1557***
1967 1554*** 186****
1968 1720977 2477152
1969 2060*** 22927**
1970 2504211 2959***
1971 2728*** 3037***
1972 305**** 3478400
1973 3523678 3741300
1974 3761535 4194183
1975 3886050 4267100
1976 4155863 4538000
1977 5008000 5367817
1978 5238376 5737030
1979 5952834 6122790
1980 6434000  
1981 6594*** 6910000
1982 7129351 7437845
1983 7862000 8085072
1984 8338000  
1985 8624000 8734***
1986 9290000 9764478
1987 9863279  

After 1987, a system with a LETTER in front of six numbers was introduced:


Year Letter
1987 R
1988 L
1990 E
1991 X
1991 (Nov) N
1992 C
1993 S
1995 W
1996 T
1997 (Aug) U
1998 (Nov) A
2000 (Jan) P
2001 (Sep) K
2002 (Sep) Y
2003 (Sep) F
2005 (Apr) D
2006 (May) Z
2007 (Aug) M
2008 (Aug) V
2010 (July) G