A note on Rolexes produced after autumn 2009: In autumn 2009, Rolex started using a random numbering system to generate its serial numbers. The only way to identify the exact date of a Rolex produced in late 2009 onwards is to take it into an official Rolex dealer.
A note on Rolexes with a serial number between 100,000 and 999,999: When Rolex made their millionth watch, they confusingly restarted their serial numbers at 100,000 instead of carrying on with a seven-digit code. If your Rolex's serial number falls between 100,000 and 999,999, you'll therefore need to take it to a trusted jeweller to have it accurately dated, although our tool will be able to tell you its two possible production dates.
You can also check your Rolex serial number in the table below:
|Production date||Serial number (up to and including)|
|2009||Any code beginning with G||1966||1,871,000–2,163,899|
|2008||Any code beginning with V||1965||1,792,000–1,870,999|
|2007||Any code beginning with M||1964||1,714,000–1,791,999|
|2006||Any code beginning with Z||1963||1,636,000–1,713,999|
|2005||Any code beginning with D||1962||1,558,000–1,635,999|
|2003–2004||Any code beginning with F||1961||1,480,000–1,557,999|
|2002||Any code beginning with Y||1960||1,402,000–1,479,999|
|2001||Any code beginning with K||1959||1,100,00–1,401,999|
|2000||Any code beginning with P||1957-1958||600,000–1,099,999|
|1999||Any code beginning with A||1956||400,000–599,999|
|1997-1998||Any code beginning with U||1955||200,000–399,999|
|Summer 1995–1996||Any code beginning with T||1954||100,000–200,000|
|1995 (Spring)||Any code beginning with W||1953||950,000–999,999|
|1993–1994||Any code beginning with S||1952||803,800–949,999|
|1992||Any code beginning with C||1951||738,700–803,799|
|1991 (Autumn)||Any code beginning with N||1950||673,600–738,699|
|1991 (Spring)||Any code beginning with X||1949||608,500–673,599|
|1990||Any code beginning with E||1948||545,400–608,499|
|1989||Any code beginning with L||1947||478,300–545,399|
|1987–1988||Any code beginning with R||1946||413,200–478,299|
Where to find a Rolex's serial number?
Every genuine Rolex has a unique serial number. It will be in one of two places, depending when it was made.
- Pre-2005: Between the lugs of the 6 o'clock side
- 2005 onwards: On the inner bezel (dial rehaut)
If your watch was made before 2005, you'll find its serial number engraved on the case between the lugs (the 'horns' that attach to the bracelet) of the 6 o'clock side. You'll need to remove the watch's band to see it. If you're not confident about doing this yourself, take it to a jeweller.
In 2005, Rolex began laser-engraving the serial number on the inner bezel, or dial rehaut, as well as between the lugs of the 6 o'clock side of the case. In 2008, the company switched to only engraving the serial number on the inner bezel, as this is much harder to counterfeit.
The inner bezel is the ring that runs around the inside of the watch's bezel, perpendicular to the face. Rolex watches made from 2005 onwards will have the word 'Rolex' repeated around the inner bezel, with the brand logo at the 12 o'clock position and the serial number at 6 o'clock.
Once you've found your Rolex's serial number, simply search for it in our tool or on our handy database to discover its production date.
Do fake Rolexes have serial numbers?
If a Rolex doesn't have a serial number, then it isn't genuine.
Serial numbers can be faked, but this is extremely difficult to do well — especially on the inner bezel, where you find the serial number of Rolexes made after 2005. Fraudsters tend to acid-etch the serial number onto the watch rather than engrave it, as engraving is much more difficult. Fake serial numbers often look poorly engraved or very faint.
Some imitations are so well-made it takes an expert eye to tell them apart from the real thing. If you're not sure a Rolex is genuine, take it in to a trusted jeweller and have it appraised.
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Now you know what year your Rolex was produced, we can give you an accurate idea of how much it's worth. Take advantage of our Sell My Watch service to get a great price.
If you're a fan of the brand, you should also take a look at our range of pre-owned Rolex watches to find an iconic timepiece at a fantastic price.
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