How To Date A Rolex Watch

When learning how to date a Rolex watch it is necessary to have the serial number. There is also a reference ID number that can be of some use. These numbers are included on the original paperwork that comes with the watch. If the original paperwork is missing (being lost or not included when purchased from a second hand source) the watch will have to be consulted for the serial and reference numbers. 

Rolex watches can be dated by checking the serial number located behind the band connection. This type of dating will work on the following models: Date just, Day-Date, Explorer GMT, Submariner, Yachtmaster Date and various other models.  It will not work on the Tudor line of Rolex watches.  To access the serial number and reference ID the watch band will have to be removed.  This can be done with a small screw driver and is quite easy.  The band will easily pry away from the watch face. 

The following list is inclusive:

1925-25000 1948-543400 1971-3215500 1991 3/4-N000001

1926-28000 1949-608500 1972-3478400 1992 1/4-C000001

1927-30430 1950-673600 1973-3741300 1993 3/4-S000001

1928-32960 1951-738700 1974-4004200 1994-S000001-UP

1929-35390 1952-803800 1975-4267100 1995-W00001

1930-37820 1953-950000 1976-4539000 1995 1/2-T000001

1931-40250 1954-999999 1977-5006000 1996-T000001

1932-42680 1955-200000 1978-5482000 1997 1/2-U000001

1933-43000 1956-400000 1979-5958000 1998-U000001

1934-45000 1957-600000 1980-6434000 1999-A000001

1935-63000 1958-800000 1981-6910000 2000-P000001

1936-81000 1959-1100000 1982-7386000 2001-P000000-UP

1937-99000 1960-1402000 1983-7862000 2001 1/2-K000001-UP

1938-117000 1961-1480000 1984-8338000 2002-K000001

1939-135000 1962-1558000 1985-8814000 2003-Y000001

1940-164600 1963-1636000 1986-9290000 2004-Y000001-UP

1941-194200 1964-1714000 1987-9766000 2005-F000001

1942-223800 1965-1792000 1987 1/2-9999999 2006-D000001

1943-253400 1966-1871000 1987 3/4-R0000002 2007-Z000001

1944-283000 1967-2163900 1988-R000001-UP 2008-M000001

1945-348100 1968-2426800 1989-L00001

1946-413200 1969-2689700 1990 1/2-E000001

1947-478300 1970-2952600 1991 3/4-X000001

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