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What year was a Rolex made?

Rolex Production Dates - Serial Numbers

The serial number of a Rolex is located between the lugs at the 6' position. It is also listed on the certificates Rolex issues.

Starting in 1987, the serial numbers were prefixed with a letter (eg. S612345 was produced in 1993).

R:1987
L:1988
E:1990
X:1991
N:1991 (Nov)
C:1992
S:1993
W:1994
T:1996
U:1997 (Aug)
A:1998 (Nov)
P:2000 (Jan)
K:2001 (Sep)
Y:2002 (Sep)
F:2003 (Sep)

   
When did Rolex start making X model?

Rolex Model and Feature Timeline

Year of Introduction
1926 Oyster Case (Water Resistant)
1927 Serial Number On Oyster Case
1931 Oyster Perpetual (Automatic movement)
1938 Bubble Back
1938 Oyster Bracelet (Steel)
1945 Datejust
1945 Jubilee Bracelet0
1947 Oyster Bracelet
1950 Mercedes Hands
1953 Submariner
1953 Explorer
1954 GMT-Master
1954 Cyclops on Crystal
1954 Ladies Oyster Perpetual
1956 Day-Date (President)
1956 President Bracelet
1959 Crown Guards
1961 Oyster Cosmograph
1962 Cosmograph Daytona
1970 Submariner Date
1971 Sea-Dweller
1971 Explorer II
1972 Hacking Movement
1977 Quick-Set Date Feature
1977 Oyster Quartz Day-Date
1977 Oysterquartz
1977 Sapphire Crystal
1980 Sea-Dweller 4000
1983 GMT-Master II
1988 New Daytona (Utilizing Zenith movement)
1992 Yachtmaster
1994 Yachtmaster Ladies & Medium
2001 Laser Etched Hologram in Crystal
2003 "Green" Submariner Date

   
What year was a Rolex made?

Rolex Production Dates - Serial Numbers (Pre-1988)

The serial number of a Rolex is located between the lugs at the 6' position.


28,000 1926
30,430 1927
32,960 1928
35,390 1929
37,820 1930
40,250 1931
42,680 1932
45,000 1934
63,000 1935
81,000 1936
99,000 1937
117,000 1938
135,000 1939
164,600 1940
194,200 1941
223,800 1942
253,400 1943
283,000 1944
348,100 1945
413,200 1946
478,300 1947
543,400 1948
608,500 1949
673,600 1950
738,700 1951
803,800 1952
950,000 1953
999,000 1954 * Rolex started their
200,000 1955 serial numbers over
400,000 1956
600,000 1957
800,000 1958
1,100,000 1959
1,402,000 1960
1,480,000 1961
1,558,000 1962
1,636,000 1963
1,714,000 1964
1,792,000 1965
1,871,000 1966
2,163,900 1967
2,426,800 1968
2,689,700 1969
2,952,600 1970
3,215,500 1971
3,478,400 1972
3,741,300 1973
4,004,200 1974
4,267,100 1975
4,539,000 1976
5,006,000 1977
5,482,000 1978
5,958,000 1979
6,434,000 1980
6,910,000 1981
7,386,000 1982
7,862,000 1983
8,338,000 1984
8,814,000 1985
9,290,000 1986
9,999,999 1987 1/2
9,766,000 1987

After 1987, Rolex began using letters for the first number.

   
What do the Rolex model numbers stand for?

Rolex Reference Numbers

The reference or model number of a Rolex is located between the lugs at the 12' position. It is also listed on the certificates Rolex issues.

Air-King
4365, 4925, 5500, 5501, 5506, 5520, 6500, 6552, 7784,
14000, 14000M, 14010, 14010M

Air-King-Date
5700, 5701

Datejust
1600, 1601, 1603, 1607, 1625, 1630, 6305, 6518, 6604,
6605, 6827, 16013, 16014, 16018, 16030, 16078, 16200,
16203, 16220, 16233, 16234, 16238, 16248, 16250, 16263,
16364, 116138, 116139, 116203, 116208, 116233, 116238

Datejust Mid-Size
6824, 6827, 68240, 68243, 68248, 68273, 68274, 68278,
77080, 77014, 77438,77518, 78240, 78243, 78246, 78248,
78266, 78273, 78274, 78278, 78279, 78286, 78288, 81158,
81208, 81209, 81308, 81338, 81339, 178158, 178159, 178238,
178239, 178245, 178246, 178248, 178269, 178275, 178278,
178279, 178286, 178288

Day Date (aka President)
1803, 1804, 1807, 6511, 6611, 18026, 18038, 18039, 18078,
18238, 18239, 18248, 18346, 18946, 18948, 18956, 18958,
118205, 118206, 118208, 118209, 118235, 118238, 118239,
118296, 118338, 118339, 118346, 118348, 118366, 118398,
118399

Daytona
6239, 6240, 6241, 6239, 62,40, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264, 6265,
6240, 6241, 16518, 16519, 16520, 16523, 16528, 116509,
116518, 116519, 116520, 116523, 116528, 116589, 116598,
116599

Explorer
1016, 1038, 5500, 5501, 5504, 6098, 6150, 6298, 6305,
6350, 6610, 14270, 114270

Explorer II
1655, 16550, 16570

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

GMT-Master II
16710, 16713, 16718, 16760

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

Oyster Perpetual Date
1500, 1501, 1503, 1505, 1550, 1560, 1603, 1625, 5075,
6075, 6335, 6518, 6534, 6605, 6627, 15000, 15010, 15037,
15038, 15053, 15200, 15203, 15210, 15223, 15238, 15505

Oyster Perpetual Lady
6718, 6719, 6723, 6724, 76180, 67193, 67194, 67197,
67198, 67230, 67243, 76030, 76080, 76094, 76183, 76188,
76193, 76198, 76243, 77518

Oyster Perpetual Lady Date
6516, 6517, 6519, 6916, 6917, 6919, 69160, 69163, 69173,
69190, 69240, 79160, 79190, 79240

Oyster Perpetual Lady Datejust
6916, 6917, 6927, 69136, 69163, 69173, 69174, 69178,
69179, 69278, 79068, 79078, 79079, 79088, 79089, 79126,
79136, 79138, 79158, 79159, 79163, 79166, 79168, 79173,
79174, 79178, 79179, 79238, 79288, 80318, 80319, 80298,
80299, 80309, 80318, 80319, 80328, 80329, 80359, 179136,
179138, 179158, 179159, 179165, 179166, 179168, 179173,
179175, 179178, 179179, 179239, 179298, 179368, 179459

Oysterquarz Datejust
17000, 17013, 17014

Oysterquarz Day-Date
19018, 19019

Sea-Dweller
1665, 16600, 16660

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

Submariner Date

1680, 16800, 16610, 16610LV, 16613, 16618, 16803, 16808

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

Yacht-Master
16622, 16628, 68623, 68628, 168622, 168623, 168628,
169623, 169628

   
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