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Some Frequently Asked Q's

about Rolex watches and SUBGMT. 

Rolex and Patek watches and buying and selling these online bring a lot of questions. Here some good and not so good questions we often get. If you have a question that needs to be in this section please let us know at: info@SUBGMT.com.

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How can I see how old my Rolex is or what serial I must seek to get a watch from my birthyear? 

On almost any Rolex watch(except the Oysterquartzes) the serial number is located at the 6 o clock position between the lugs, which is a great location because it is here protected against wind and dust and whatever.  You can be sure that if the number here is altered with (not visible or gone) this has been done on purpose.

The serial corresponds with a year, but this is not a science - from all the lists available non are from Rolex. The list here is a combination of the lists of www.rolexencyclopedie.nl and www.oysterworld.de. So it is not an exact sciene but merely an indication! 

Rolex serial numbers: 

Rolex Serial Number Year
20,000 – 40,000 1927 -1937
40,000 – 200,000 1938 -1942
200,000 – 300,000 1941 -1944
300,000 – 500,000 1945 -1946
500,000 – 620,000 1947 -1948
620,000 – 700,000 1948 -1950
700,000 – 725,000 1951
725,000 – 880,000 1952
880,000 – 999,000 1953
0 – 49,000 1954

In 1954 when Rolex reached serial numbers of 1 million they started again:

Rolex Serial Number Year
0  –  50,000 1954
50,000  – 150,000 1955
150,000 – 250,000 1956
250,000 – 350,000 1957
350,000 – 450,000 1958
450,000 – 550,000 1959
550,000 – 650,000 1960
650,000 – 755,000 1961
755,000 – 865,000 1962
865,000 – 1,000,000 1963
1,000,000 – 1,105,000 1964
1,105,000 – 1,275,000 1965
1,275,000 – 1,485,000 1966
1,485,000 – 1,710,000 1967
1,710,000 – 1,945,000 1968
1,945,000 – 2,240,000 1969
2,240,000 – 2,590,000 1970
2,590,000 – 2,890,000 1971
2,890,000 – 3,200,000 1972
3,200,000 – 3,570,000 1973
3,570,000 – 3,865,000 1974
3,865,000 – 4,115,000 1975
4,115,000 – 4,260,000

5,000,000 – 5,085,000

(4.4 million serial is recase!

1976
5,085,000 – 5,430,000 1977
5,430,000 – 5,865,000 1978
5,865,000 – 6,205,000 1979
6,205,000 – 6,560,000 1980
6,560,000 – 7,130,000 1981
7,130,000 – 7,600,000 1982
7,600,000 – 8,375,000 1983
8,375,000 – 8,785,000 1984
8,785,000 – 9,155,000 1985
9,155,000 – 9,860,000 1986
9,860,000 – 9,900,000 1987


When Rolex reached their 10,000,000’th serial number in 1987 they switched to Letter Prefix based serials.

Letter Prefix Year Started
R 1987
L 1988
E 1990
X 1991
N 1992
C 1993
S 1994
W 1995
T 1996
U 1997
A 1998
P 2000
K 2001
Y 2002
F 2003
D 2005
Z 2006
M 2007
V 2008
G 2010

From 2010 onwards Rolex serial used RANDOM serial numbers which makes it impossinle to determine years of production.