Beginner’s Guide To Rolex Serial Numbers

Long strings of digits and letters are often used when Rolex watches are discussed. Submariner 114060; GMT-Master II 126710BLRO; Daytona 6263; W5642301; D246135 – these are just a few examples.

What does this information signify? What is the difference between Rolex serial and reference numbers? How can I tell what year my Rolex was manufactured?

If you have any of these unanswered questions, check out this helpful guide to Rolex serial numbers and reference numbers. This is particularly useful if you’re looking to sell your Rolex watch or purchase a new one.

What is a Rolex Serial Number?

Every Rolex watch that leaves the factory is assigned a unique serial number. As a result, each Rolex serial number is unique (there are exceptions; see below). A Rolex serial number, on the other hand, may contain information about when (approximately) the watch was produced. There have been a few anomalies over time, but in general, it’s true that a Rolex serial number can tell you when the timepiece was made. For example, Rolex reset the serial numbers in 1954 after they had achieved #999,999 and thus a watch from the 1960s has the same reference number as one from the 1950s. Fortunately, Rolex left the insides of the case back inscribed with date codes, making it much simpler to tell apart a pre-1954 serial number from one issued after 1954 (if you open up the watch).

Where Can I Find the Serial Number?

The serial number is usually on the watch’s paper, but if you don’t have them, it will be inscribed on the Rolex. The serial number for Rolex watches produced before 2007 may be read between the lugs at 6 o’clock on the case. To see it, you’ll have to take off your bracelet.

In the early 1980s, Rolex began to include the serial number on the rehaut, which is visible through the sapphire crystal. The Rolex serial number is positioned between the lugs at 6 o’clock. Finally, beginning in late 2008, Rolex has phased out all case engraving and only displays the serial number on the rehaut these days.

What Is the Rolex Reference Number and Where Can I Find It?

Similarly, if you have the watch’s actual papers, you can simply locate the Rolex original (model) number there. If you don’t have access to the documents, though, you may look for them on the timepiece.

The Rolex reference number is inscribed between the lugs at 12 o’clock, where it can be seen by looking down from above. So you’ll need to take the bracelet off of the case’s 12 o’clock side in order to view it.

Rolex Serial Numbers and Reference Numbers: How to Use Them

The most frequent manner in which a reference number is utilized is to identify the specific type of Rolex watch you own (or are considering purchasing). This is especially crucial when buying a Rolex from the second market since what you think you’re getting might not be what you’re receiving. If you want to make an educated purchase, knowing the Rolex reference numbers is crucial.