Understanding Rolex Serial Numbers

If you’re in the market for a Rolex, you’ll want to be sure to understand how to read the serial number on the watch. This will help you determine its age and authenticity.

In this guide, we will walk you through how to decode Rolex serial numbers. Once you understand the system, it will be easy for you to determine the age and value of your Rolex!

What Is A Rolex Serial Number?

The serial number on a Rolex watch is located between the lugs at 12 o’clock. It is a unique set of numbers and letters that identifies your watch. The serial number consists of eight characters and tells you the approximate date when your watch was made.

Reading Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex serial numbers are a combination of letters and numbers, and they usually follow this format: XXXX/XXXX. The first four digits correspond to the watch’s reference number, while the last four digits indicate its production date. For example, if a Rolex has the serial number “1234/56”, this means that it is a reference 1234 watch that was produced in 1956.

To further complicate things, Rolex began randomly assigning serial numbers to their watches in the early 1990s. This means that there is no way to determine the exact production date of a Rolex just by looking at its serial number. However, there are some general trends that you can use to get a rough idea of when your Rolex was produced.

For example, Rolex started using the “/1000” suffix on their serial numbers in the late 1990s. This means that if you see a Rolex with the serial number “1234/1000”, it was most likely produced between 1999 and 2001. Similarly, Rolex began using the “two-digit” suffix in 2010. So, a Rolex with the serial number “1234/50” was likely produced between 2010 and 2012.

Where To Find Your Rolex Serial Number

As we mentioned before, the serial number on a Rolex is located between the lugs at 12 o’clock. If you’re having trouble finding it, get in touch and we can help you out.

Is My Serial Number Fake?

When buying a pre-owned Rolex, it’s always a good idea to request the watch’s paperwork. This way, you’ll be able to confirm the watch’s authenticity and see its full service history.

Keep in mind that Rolex has been known to re-use serial numbers on occasion. So, if you come across a Rolex with the same serial number as another one, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a fake.

However, if you come across a Rolex with a completely blank serial number, this is definitely a cause for concern. A blank serial number usually indicates that the Rolex watch is a fake or has been tampered with in some way.

Tuning Out

We hope this guide has helped you understand Rolex serial numbers! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.