How to find the year of manufacture of your Rolex watch

Published - by Mathieu Celi — Updated on -

When we buy a watch, especially an antique or vintage watch, we often ask ourselves the question ofyear of manufacture. Many factories use the serial numbers to ensure authenticity and the follow-up of their watches, also allowing to deduce the year of production. This is indicative information, as some productions may have lasted several months, or even more than a year.

The year of purchase in the store does not necessarily mean the year of production. A little less than ten years ago, some models remained in the shop window or in stock for several years.

Interests of knowing the year of your watch

Knowing the year of production can be very useful, especially when looking for acheter a watch with its original components. Some components of the watches may have been replaced during an overhaul, and therefore no longer correspond to the year of the watch inscribed on the case, or the flange. In this case, you will have a watch of a certain year, with some components later. The year of production is therefore an interesting criterion to study.

Another point that can tip the balance during a search: we often look at the year of production to find one similar to his year of birth, for the symbolism.

Where can I find the serial number of my Rolex watch?

Rolex allows, thanks to the serial number of its watches, to find the year of production.

Depending on the year of production, the serial number can be found in several places.

Before 2005

For Rolex watches before 2005, the number is located on the case at 6 o'clock, between the two lugs (you must carefully remove the bracelet). You can also find the model reference number at 12 o'clock between the lugs.

From 2005 to 2008

For Rolex watches produced between 2005 and 2008, the serial number is sometimes engraved on the watch's flange (the part where the dial meets the watch glass).

After 2008

After 2008, the production number of the watch is only engraved on the flange. The use of a magnifying glass is recommended to better see the number.

Identify the year of production

AnnéeNuméro de série
192525 - 27xxx
192628 - 29xxx
192730 - 32xxx
192833 - 34xxx
192935 - 37xxx
193038 - 39xxx
193140 - 41xxx
193242 - 44xxx
193345 - 48xxx
193449 - 62xxx
193563 - 80xxx
193681 - 98xxx
193799 - 116xxx
1938117 - 134xxx
1939135 - 163xxx
1940164 - 193xxx
1941194 - 222xxx
1942223 - 252xxx
1943253 - 282xxx
1944283 - 347xxx
1945348 - 412xxx
1946413 - 489xxx
1947490 - 549xxx
1948550 - 607xxx
1949608 - 672xxx
1950673 - 736xxx
1951737 - 803xxx
1952804 - 868xxx
1953869 - 933xxx
1954934 - 1104xxx
19551105 - 1080xxx
19561090 - 1160xxx
19571170 - 1230xxx
19581240 - 1310xxx
19591320 - 1390xxx
19601400 - 1480xxx
19611480 - 1557xxx
19621558 - 1662xxx
19631663 - 1709xxx
19641710 - 1791xxx
19651792 - 1869xxx
19661870 - 2159xxx
19672160 - 2419xxx
19682420 - 2679xxx
19692680 - 2949xxx
19702950 - 3209xxx
19713210 - 3469xxx
19723470 - 3739xxx
19733740 - 3999xxx
19744000 - 4179xxx
19754280 - 4529xxx
19764530 - 4999xxx
19775000 - 5399xxx
19785400 - 5899xxx
19795900 - 6399xxx
19806400 - 6899xxx
19816900 - 7299xxx
19827300 - 7799xxx
19837800 - 8299xxx
19848300 - 8599xxx
19858600 - 9289xxx
19869290 - 9759xxx
19879760 - 9999xxx
1991Xxxxxxx ; Nxxxxxx

From the 2010s, Rolex has made the serial numbers random, no longer allowing to date the productions.


What are the most beautiful watchmaking houses?


There are many watchmaking houses known for their exceptional craftsmanship, quality and design. Here are some of the finest watchmakers: Patek Philippe, this Swiss watchmaker is known for its high quality watches and expertise in watch complications. Rolex, known for its precise, reliable and durable watches, as well as its classic and elegant design. Audemars Piguet, for its high-quality luxury watches and innovative, cutting-edge design. Vacheron Constantin, founded in 1755, one of the world's oldest houses, renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and elegant design. These houses are all examples of Swiss watchmaking excellence and are considered the finest in the world for their exceptional quality, craftsmanship and design.


How to set a watch?


The setting of a watch may vary depending on its type and movement. Generally, the crown on the right side of the watch is pulled out to set the time and date. Some watches may have other complications, such as a chronograph function or a time zone complication. It is important to note that some watches may require more complex adjustments, such as synchronization with a time signal or movement adjustment. If you're not sure how to set your watch, it's a good idea to consult its user manual or seek the help of a watch professional.


How to buy a watch?


Research brands, styles and prices, choose a model within your budget and taste. Choose a trusted retailer, either online or in-store. Verify the authenticity and quality of the watch, by examining certificates and calling in a watch expert (never rely on photos). Take the time to consider all aspects of the watch, such as size, material, movement and complications. It is important to note that purchasing a luxury watch can be a significant investment, so it is essential to do thorough research to make an informed decision.


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About the author

Mathieu Celi

Passionate about timepieces, and everything that revolves around them for many years, my ambition is to share my watchmaking adventure, and help you to enlighten yourself on this world that seems so inaccessible, and yet, is not. Every watchmaking story is initiated by encounters, and continues with an endless curiosity, a real addiction to the very embodiment of time.

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