The production years

 

Between the lugs on the underside of your Rolex is a number that can be traced back to the year ofmanufacture of your Rolex. Below you will find a list which links these numbers to a production year. Here it applies that this is not with complete certainty also the actual year of production as Rolex does not release any information.

When serial numbers reached 1 million in 1954, Rolex decided to start counting again.In 1987 Rolex started adding a letter for the 6 digit serial number.In the beginning of 2010, Rolex started using random numbers and letters which means that from that time it is no longer possible to determine from the serial number when the watch was produced.

 

 

 

  • 1927  20190-21691 

    1928  23969-24747 

    1929  28290 

    1930  29312 

    1931- 1932  29312 

    1933  29933 

    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 640100

    1950  673000

    1951   709249-710776 

    1952  726639-84039 

    1953  793930-973830 

    1954 976195-43325

    1955  30634-1297XX 

    1956  139400-217821 

    1957  216821-358XXX 

    1958  353343-426510 

    1959  399XXX-502683 

    1960  511687-642993 

    1961  6469XX-702XXX 

    1962  763663-894XXX 

    1963  95XXXX-1021800 

    1964  997436-1195238 

    1965  1193XXX-1259699 

    1966  1289727-1557XXX 

    1967  1554XXX-186XXXX 

  • 1968  1720977-2477152 

    1969  2060XXX-22927XX 

    1970  242XXXX-2959XXX 

    1971  2728XXX-3037XXX 

    1972  305XXXX-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  6594XXX-6910000 

    1982  7129351-7437845 

    1983  7862000-8085072 

    1984  8338000 

    1985  862400-8734XXX 

    1986  9290000-9824763 

    1987  9863279 R 1987L 

  • 1988 R

    1989 L 

    1990 L / E 

    1991 X / N

    1992 C

    1993/1994 S

    1995 W 

    1996 T  

    1997/1998 U

    1999 A

    2000 P / K

    2001/2002 K / Y 

    2003 F / Y 

    2004/2005 F / D

    2006 D / Z

    2007 M / Z

    2008 M / V

    2009 V 

    2010 G 

    2011-Present RANDOM

 

 

 

Paperwork that will come with your Rolex

Delivered with a new one and hopefully still present with an existing one, the papers of the watch. It has a specific number listed such as the following, R16610/30B9235. This specific number has a meaning and tells a lot about the watch in question.

In the above case:

166 = The model (around the year 2000 many models added an extra 1 for the model number)

1 = Type of bezel in this case a rotating

0 = Metal type of the bezel in this case stainless steel

30 = Kind of Plate, 3-Black, 0-Stick

And ultimately the band;
B9325 = Bracelet type 93250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below you will find a list of common numbers so that you can decipher your Rolex yourself.
In the unlikely event that you cannot resolve it, you can of course contact NLWatch to decipher the code.

Models

Oyster Perpetual : 10, 140, 142 
GMT Master : 16, 65, 167
King : 55 & 140
GMT Master II : 167
Date : 15 & 150 
Oysterquartz Datejust : 170
Datejust : 16, 162 & 1162 
Day-Date (President) : 65, 18, 180, 182, 183,1182
Daytona Manual Wind : 62 
Oysterquartz Day-Date : 190
Daytona Cosmograph : 165 & 1165 
Yachtmaster : 166, 686, 696, 1686, 1696

Explorer : 142, 10 & 1142 Middenmaat
Oyster Perpetual DJ : 68, 682, 782,1782
Explorer II : 16 & 165
Dames Oyster Perpetual : 67, 671, 672, 760 & 761
Sea Dweller : 16 & 166
Dames Date : 65, 69, 691, 692, & 791
Submariner : 16, 166 & 168
Dames Datejust : 65, 69, 691 & 692, 791 & 1791
Submariner (no date) : 55 & 140

Bezel Codes

0 = Glad/Domed 
1 = Rotating/Engine Turned (Vroeg) 
2 = Engraved 
3 = Fluted 
4 = Bark 
5 = Pyramie (Niet gebruikt) 
6 = Turn-O-Graph 
7 = Allerlei 
8 = Special (Niet gebruikt op het moment) 
9 = Open (Niet gebruikt op het moment) 
BIC = Bi-kleur 18k Geel and Wit goud combinatie
TRIDOR = 18k Geel, Wit and Rose goud

0 = Roestvrij staal
1 = Geel goud Placor (Tudor)
22 = Roestvrij staal en Platina (Yachtmaster)
3 = Roestvrij staal en 18k Geel goud (Goud Rolesor)
4 = Roestvrij staal en18k Wit goud (Wit Rolesor)
5 = Goud Shell (vroege mod - Rose goud nw mod)
6 = Platina
7 = 14k geel goud (Niet langer in gebruik)
8 = 18k Geel goud
9 = 18k Geel goud


Dial Codes

1x = Zilver 
2x = Champagne 
3x = Zwart 
4x = Staal 
5x = Wit 
6x = Blauw 
7x = Brons 
8x = Roze 
9x = Parelmoer 

x0 = Index (Stick)
x1 = onbekend
x2 = Sunbeam (Roman)
x3 = Roman
x4 = Bi kleur Dial (Index)
x5 = Jubilee (Roman)
x6 = Maxi Arabi
x7 = Index (3,6,9 Arabic)
x8 = Waves (Arabic
x9 =Sunbeam (Roman)


 

 

Dating the clasp

It is good to know that with regard to the list of letters below that say something about the year in which the clasp was made, that it is based on a theory elaborated by Rolex enthusiasts. Rolex itself does not disclose exactly how the system works.S means that the lock has been replaced during serviceFrom 2011, the letters and numbers on the clasp will be random and that makes it difficult to add a year. There may be a sequence in it, but it has not yet emerged

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A = 1976  
B = 1977
C = 1978  
D = 1979  
E = 1980  
F = 1981  
G = 1982  
H = 1983  
I = 1984  
J = 1985  
K = 1986  
L = 1987
M = 1988  
N = 1989  
O = 1990  
P = 1991  
Q = 1992  
R = 1993  

S = 1994  
W of T = 1995  
V of U = 1996  
Z of U = 1997  
Z - W= 1998
X = 1999  
AB = 2000  
DE = 2001  
DT = 2002  
AD = 2003  
CL = 2004  
MA = 2005  
OP - 2006  
EO = 2007  
PJ = 2008  
LT = 2009  
RS = 2010
CP = 2011

Introduction years

And then the year of introduction of your Rolex, when did your Rolex first appear on the market. The years relating to the very first years that Rolex began to produce watches are being discussed and that will be the case for many years to come.
The list also shows major changes in timepieces as well as bracelet introductions and other details.

1926 - Oyster kast
1927 - Serie Nummer op Oyster kast
1931 - Oyster Perpetual
1938 - Bubble Back
1938 - Oyster Band
1945 - Jubilee Band
1945 - Datejust
1950 - Mercedes Hand
1953 - Submariner 100m / 330ft
1953 - Turn-O-Graph
1953 - Explorer
1954 - GMT-Master
1954 - Submariner 200m / 660ft
1954 - Cyclops
1954 - Dames Oyster Perpetual
1956 - Day-Date
1956 - President Band
1959 - Submariner Crown Guards, 40mm kast
1960 - Deep Sea Special
1961 - Oyster Cosmograph
1962 - Cosmograph Daytona
1967 - Sea-Dweller
1969 - Submariner Date
1969 - Submariner Date 18 k geel goud
1971 - Explorer II
1972 - Hacking Uurwerk
1974 - Saffier Kristal Glas
1976 - Oysterquartz
1977 - Quick Set Date Optie
1978 - Sea-Dweller 4000
1979 - Submariner 300m / 1000ft met saffier kristal glas
1983 - GMT-Master II
1983 - Submariner Rolesor
1988 - Cosmograph Daytona, Zenith uurwerk
1992 - Yachtmaster

1994 - Yachtmaster Lady & Medium
2000 - Cosmograph Daytona, in huis uurwerk2001 - Laser geëtst hologram in glas
2003 - “Green” Submariner Date
2004 - Eerste serienr gegraveerd op rehaut
2004 - Nieuwe TOG
2004 - Nieuwe Datejust kast
2005 - Nieuwe GMT-Master geel goud nieuw uurwerk 3186
2006 - Nieuwe GMT-Master, uurwerk 3186
2007 - Nieuwe GMT-Master SS en WG met uurwerk 3186
2007 - Uurwerk 3131
2007 - Uurwerk 41602007 - Yacht-Master II geel en wit goud
2007 - Nieuwe Milgauss in RVS
2007 - Nieuwe Air-King in RVS
2007 - Submariner met COSC
2008 - Sea-Dweller Deep Sea
2008 - Day-Date II
2008 - Oyster Perpetual 36mm
2008 - Daytona rose goud
2008 - Uurwerk 3156
2008 - Submariner Date nieuwe kast en geel goud
2009 - Datejust II Rolesor & RVS
2009 - Submariner Date nieuwe kast Rolesor
2010 - Explorer 39mm
2010 - Submariner Date nieuwe kast RVS
2011 - Explorer II 42mm
2011 - Yacht-Master II Rolesor
2011 - RG zwarte Bezel Daytona
2011 - Uurwerk 3187
2012 - Sky-Dweller
2012 - Caliber 9001
2012 - Submariner nieuwe kast
2013 - RVS GMT-Master blue/black bezel
2013 - RVS Yacht-Master II
2013 - Platina Daytona
2013 - “Stella Dial” Day-Date

 

And finally a lot of reference numbers of famous Rolexes for you to see if your Rolex is listed.

 

Air-King: 14010M, 14000M, 114234, 114210, 114200, 14010, 14000, 7784, 6552, 6500, 5701, 5700, 5520, 5506, 5501, 5500, 4925, 4365, 1009

Date: 115234, 115210, 115200, 15505, 15238, 15233, 15223, 15210, 15203, 15200, 15053, 15038, 15037, 15010, 15000, 6627, 6605, 6534, 6518, 6335, 6075, 5075, 1625, 1603, 1570, 1560, 1550, 1505, 1503, 1501, 1500

Datejust: 166201, 116244, 116243, 116238, 116234, 116233, 116231, 116208, 116203, 116201, 116200, 116199, 116189, 116188, 116139, 116138, 17014, 17013, 17000, 16364, 16250, 16248, 16238, 16234, 16233, 16220, 16203, 16200, 16078, 16030, 16018, 16014, 16013, 16000, 6827, 6605, 6604, 6518, 6305, 1630, 1607, 1603, 1601, 1600

Datejust Mid-Size: 178383, 178313, 178288, 178286, 178279, 178278, 178275, 178274, 178273, 178269, 178248, 178246, 178245, 178243, 178240, 178239, 178238, 178159, 178158, 81339, 81338, 81308, 81209, 81208, 81158, 78288, 78286, 78279, 78278, 78274, 78273, 78266, 78248, 78246, 78243, 78240, 77438, 77080, 77014, 68278, 68274, 68273, 68248, 68243, 68240, 17824, 7518, 6824

Datejust OysterQuartz: 17014, 17013, 17000

Datejust Turn-O-Graph (Thunderbird): 116264, 116263, 116261, 16268, 16264, 16263, 16253, 6309, 1625

Day-Date: 118399, 118398, 118388, 118366, 118348, 118346, 118339, 118338, 118296, 118239, 118238, 118235, 118209, 118208, 118206, 118205, 19018, 18958, 18956, 18948, 18946, 18346, 18308, 18248, 18239, 18238, 18078, 18048, 18039, 18038, 18026, 6611, 6511, 1807, 1804, 1803

Day-Date Oysterquartz : 19019, 19018

Daytona: 116599, 116598, 116589, 116528, 116523, 116520, 116519, 116518, 116515, 116509, 116505, 16528, 16523, 16520, 16519, 16518, 16515, 6265, 6264, 6263, 6262, 6241, 6240, 6239

Explorer: 114270, 14270, 6610, 6350, 6298, 6150, 6098, 5504, 1038, 1016

Explorer II: 216570, 16570, 16550, 1655

GMT-Master: 16758, 16753, 16750, 16713, 16700, 6542, 1675

GMT-Master II: 116758, 116718, 116713, 116710, 16760, 16718, 16710, 16170

Ladies Date: 79240, 79240, 79190, 79160, 69240, 69190, 69174, 69173, 69163, 69160, 6919, 6917, 6916, 6519, 6517, 6516

Ladies Datejust: 197173, 179459, 179368, 179313, 179298, 179239, 179179, 179178, 179175, 179174, 179173, 179171, 179168, 179166, 179165, 179163, 179161, 179160, 179159, 179158, 179138, 179136, 80359, 80329, 80328, 80319, 80318, 80309, 80299, 80298, 79288, 79238, 79179, 79178, 79174, 79173, 79168, 79166, 79163, 79159, 79158, 79138, 79136, 79126, 79089, 79088, 79079, 79078, 79068, 69278, 69190, 69179, 69178, 69174, 69173, 69163, 69160, 69136, 6927, 6917, 6916, 6517

Ladies Oyster Perpetual: 761833, 176210, 176200, 79193, 77518, 76243, 76198, 76193, 76188, 76183, 76180, 76094, 76080, 76030, 67243, 67230, 67198, 67197, 67194, 67193, 67180, 6724, 6723, 6719, 6718

Milgauss: 116400GV, 116400, 6451, 1019

Oyster Perpetual: 14233M, 14208M, 14203M, 14238, 14208, 14203, 6634, 6623, 6605, 6590, 6584, 6582, 6580, 6569, 6567, 6565, 6564, 6556, 6552, 6551, 6549, 6548, 6546, 6532, 6518, 6284, 6202, 6177, 6103, 6085, 5500, 1565, 1501, 1500, 1038, 1030, 1025, 1024, 1023, 1018, 1014, 1010, 1008, 1007, 1006, 1005, 1004, 1003, 1002

Sea-Dweller: 116660, 16660, 16600, 1665

Submariner: 14060M, 114060, 14060, 6538, 6536, 6205, 6204, 6200, 5517, 5514, 5513, 5512, 5508

Submariner Date: 168000, 116619, 116618, 116613, 116610, 16808, 16803, 16800, 16618, 16613, 16610, 1680

Yacht-Master: 169628, 169623, 169622, 168628, 168623, 168622, 166233, 116689, 116688, 69628, 69623, 68628, 68623, 18622, 16628, 16623, 16622

 

Given that Rolex does not disclose production years, the above data has been collected by us with the utmost care. No rights can therefore be derived from this.