Watches of Whitby

Rolex serial numbers

Rolex serial numbers are stamped between the lower lugs. Watches produced before 1972 a serial number can be seen inside the case back.

The lists below will give you idea of the age of your Rolex.

In 1954 serial numbers start again from zero.

Rolex Serial NumberYear
20,000 – 40,0001927 -1937
40,000 – 200,0001938 -1942
200,000 – 300,0001941 -1944
300,000 – 500,0001945 -1946
500,000 – 620,0001947 -1948
620,000 – 700,0001948 -1950
700,000 – 725,0001951
725,000 – 880,0001952
880,000 – 999,0001953
0 – 49,0001954
Rolex Serial NumberYear
0  –  50,0001954
50,000  – 150,0001955
150,000 – 250,0001956
250,000 – 350,0001957
350,000 – 450,0001958
450,000 – 550,0001959
550,000 – 650,0001960
650,000 – 755,0001961
755,000 – 865,0001962
865,000 – 1,000,0001963
1,000,000 – 1,105,0001964
1,105,000 – 1,275,0001965
1,275,000 – 1,485,0001966
1,485,000 – 1,710,0001967
1,710,000 – 1,945,0001968
1,945,000 – 2,240,0001969
2,240,000 – 2,590,0001970
2,590,000 – 2,890,0001971
2,890,000 – 3,200,0001972
3,200,000 – 3,570,0001973
3,570,000 – 3,865,0001974
3,865,000 – 4,115,0001975
4,115,000 – 4,260,000 5,000,000 – 5,085,0001976
5,085,000 – 5,430,0001977
5,430,000 – 5,865,0001978
5,865,000 – 6,205,0001979
6,205,000 – 6,560,0001980
6,560,000 – 7,130,0001981
7,130,000 – 7,600,0001982
7,600,000 – 8,375,0001983
8,375,000 – 8,785,0001984
8,785,000 – 9,155,0001985
9,155,000 – 9,860,0001986
9,860,000 – 9,900,0001987

1987 non-alphabetical letter prefix began starting with ‘R’ followed by 6 digits.

From 2010 serial numbers changed to random 8 digit codes.

Letter PrefixYear Started
R1987
L1988
E1990
X1991
N1992
C1993
S1994
W1995
T1996
U1997
A1998
P2000
K2001
Y2002
F2003
D2005
Z2006
M2007
V2008
G2010
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