Dating rolex watches by serial number

However on some earlier models (pre 1960) the serial number will be engraved on the outer case back.This 4-8 digit number can be used to determine the date of manufacture.

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During the serial number transition years during the 1950's, the manufacture date was stamped the inside of the case-back with a Roman numeral designation for quarter.

For example, a II 54, indicated for the second quarter of 1954 .

The case serial number does not indicate when the watch movement was produced which increases the possibility that the movement is older than the watch case.

Nonetheless, the case number is a generally accepted method to roughly determine the age of a Rolex watch.

Care should therefore be taken when dating watches with serials which could fall into both the pre and post 1953 date ranges provided.

Should you have any further questions relating to the age of your vintage or pre-owned Rolex watch or if you require further information on the watch with a view to service, trade, consign or sell.

One good resourcefor serial number reference and research is the Vintage Rolex Forum serial number project.

20000 - 1925 21691 - 1927 24747 - 1928 28290 - 1930 29312 - 1932 29993 - 1933 30823 - 1934 35365 - 1935 37596 - 1936 40920 - 1937 43739 - 1938 71224 - 1939 99775 - 1940 106047 - 1941 143509 - 1942 230878 - 1943 269561 - 1944 302459 - 1945 387216 - 1946 529163 - 1947 628840 - 1948 710776 - 1951 840396 - 1952 929426 - 1953 (Year starting the I - IV quarter designation until 1970) 999999 - *1954* 100001 - 1955 139400 - 1956 321884 - 1957 360171 - 1958 399000 - 1959 511687 - 1960 646900 - 1961 763663 - 1962 950000 - 1963 985015 - 1964 1259699 - 1965 1289727 - 1966 1554000 - 1967 2163900 - 1967 2426800 - 1968 2060000 - 1969 2504211 - 1970 3215500 - 1971 3478400 - 1972 3741300 - 1973 4004200 - 1974 4267100 - 1975 4538000 - 1976 5008000 - 1977 5482000 - 1978 5952834 – 1979 6434000 – 1980 6594000 – 1981 7129351 – 1982 7862000 – 1983 8338000 – 1984 8614000 – 1985 9290000 – 1986 9999999 – 1987 .

The serial ranges listed will provide an indication regarding the date of manufacture.

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