Dating rolex watches by serial number
Again, I’d like to mention that this chart is only approximate but will help give you a roundabout year to a Rolex’s year of manufacture.Kristen is a Rolex expert and enthusiast, with over six years of hands-on experience in the luxury watch industry.Like anything Rolex does, I believe it was introduced without formal explanation to the public.However, I believe the main reason this was done (as well as a lot of other watch experts and gurus) is because the pressure put upon what serial letter it has is unwarranted, thinking it will give an exact year of manufacture to the purchaser when it doesn’t necessarily matter.These did not follow alphabetically, nor did they start on the 1st of January each year – instead starting at different points within a year once all the serials had been used.
But any chart or list you may find is a guesstimate at best and can only give you the roundabout date of when it was manufactured at the Rolex factory.If you have a query please feel free to contact me and if I can help you I will certainly try.But if you are trying to work out “what year is my Rolex? When Rolex reached their 10,000,000’th serial number in 1987 they switched to Letter Prefix based serials starting with ‘R’.The stamped case back date is usually close to the case date.It should never be newer than the date of the serial number, but on occassions it could be up to a year or two older as Rolex would have casebacks produced in batches and use them up as needed.
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