Rolex Production Dates by Serial Numbers – WatchFinder

Rolex engraves a unique, 5 to 8 digit serial number to every watch it makes that helps determine the approximate date, or year of production for that particular watch.  These sets of numbers, for example 28000 for the year 1926 or Z000001 for year 2006, are inscribed by machine on the side of the watch case between the lugs at 6 o’clock. In 2005, however, Rolex began engraving the serial numbers onto the inner rim of the watch, called the “rehaut”, for stylistic reasons.  Beginning in 2010, Rolex stopped following any sequential numbering system or order altogether and now engraves its watches with a randomized, arbitrary unique identifying number. While it had been relatively easy to ascertain a watch’s approximate age, or year of production using a database of lists assembled over the years, this will no longer be possible with these new random mixed serial numbers (typical samples include “MN72LK22” or “ JH675TR1” ).  

 

 

While there is no “Official” Rolex Serial numbers database list from the Rolex Factory that shows dates of production, this chart below lists all the serial numbers gathered by proven authorities over the years. See the list below by production year 

 

Rolex Serial Numbers - Production Years Table

 

Serial Year Serial Year Serial Year Serial Year Serial Year Serial Year
Mixed/Random 2010 S000,001 1993 6,434,000 1980 2,163,900 1967 950,000 1953 135,000 1939
G000,001 2009 C000,001 1992 5,958,000 1979 1,871,000 1966 803,800 1952 117,000 1938
V000,001 2008 N000,001 1991 5,482,000 1978 1,792,000 1965 738,700 1951 99,000 1937
M000,001 2007 X000,001 1991 5,006,000 1977 1,714,000 1964 673,600 1950 81,000 1936
Z000,001 2006 E000,001 1990 4,539,000 1976 1,636,000 1963 608,550 1949 63,000 1935
D000,001 2005 L000,001 1989 4,267,100 1975 1,558,000 1962 543,400 1948 45,000 1934
F000,001 2003 R000,001 1987 4,004,200 1974 1,480,000 1961 478,300 1947 42,680 1932
Y000,001 2002 9,766,000 1987 3,741,300 1973 1,402,000 1960 413,200 1946 40250 1931
K000,001 2001 9,290,000 1986 3,478,400 1972 1,100,000 1959 348,100 1945 37,820 1930
P000,001 2000 8,814,000 1985 3,215,500 1971 800,000 1958 283,000 1944 35,390 1929
A000,001 1999 8,338,000 1984 2,952,600 1970 600,000 1957 253,400 1943 32,960 1928
U000,001 1997 7,862,000 1983 2,689,700 1969 400,000 1956 223,800 1942 30,430 1927
T000,001 1995 7,386,000 1982 2,426,800 1968 200,000 1955 194,200 1941 28,000 1926
W000,001 1995/4 6,910,000 1981     999,999 1954 164,600 1940