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Over the years there have been several incorrect versions of serial number databases that have made it confusing and at time difficult to accurately determine the date of a watch. Out dated information is the main cause that leads many people to inaccurately date their wristwatch.

 

The table below has been carefully complied and represents a more accurate serial number range. In most cases you will find serial numbers stamped between the lugs at the 6 o clock position (or for the earlier models stamped on the outside of the caseback). However, several models have surfaced showing slight deviations from this normal stamping pattern, where serial numbers are found to be stamped at the 12 o clock position. In either case, the bracelet would have to be removed to view the serial numbers. This can be done very easily using a simply pin removing device or a fine but strong needle or safety pin.

 

Please note: The serial numbers were re set in 1954. Furthermore, between 1975-76 serial numbers were re-used in later service cases. This is why often service replace cases have 4 million serial numbers. A change in serial number is observed from 1987-2010. Here, a Letter Prefix is seen as following. From 2010 randomly generated numbers & letters are used.

Rolex Serial Number range

Year Range

Rolex Serial Number range

Year Range

20,000 – 40,000

1927-1937

X or S

1993

40,000 – 200,000

1938-1942

S or W

1994

200,000 – 300,000

1943-1944

W

1995

300,000 – 700,000

1945-1950

W or T

1996

700,000 – 999,000

1951-1954

T or U

1997

10,000 – 130,000

1954-1955

U

1998

130,000 – 665,000

1956-1960

A

1999

665,000 – 1,500,000

1961-1966

P

2000

1,500,000 – 2,700,000

1967-1970

P or K

2001

2,700,000 – 4,000,000

1971-1974

K or Y

2002

4,000,000 – 6,900,000

1975-1980

Y or F

2003

6,900,000 – 9,350,000

1981-1985

F

2004

9,350,000 – 9,999,000

1986-1987

F or D

2005

R

1987

D or Z

2006

R or L

1988-1989

M or Z

2007

L or E

1990

Z or M or V

2008

E or N or X

1991

V

2009

N or C or X

1992

G

2010

Rolex Bracelet Codes

 

Rolex Bracelets can also be dated much in the same way as cases. The date code can be found on the clasp. A combination of 3 numbers are often seen, for instance, 4 59 would translate to the forth or last quarter of 1959 (Oct-Dec). This method is mainly seen on bracelets from approx. 1950s-1970s. From 1976-2010, a combination of Letters sometimes associated with numbers (indicating month) were used. For instance R 2 = Feb 1993. The table below summarizes the alphabits that correspond production year from 1976-2010.  Additional S stamp would indicate service replacement. Randomised numbers are seen from 2011 onwards.

 

Date Code

Year

Date Code

Year

A or VA

1976

S

1994

B or VB

1977

T or W

1995

C or VC

1978

V

1996

D or VD

1979

Z

1997

E or VE

1980

U

1998

F or VF

1981

X

1999

G

1982

AB

2000

H

1983

DE

2001

I

1984

DT

2002

J

1985

AD

2003

K

1986

CL

2004

L

1987

MA

2005

M

1988

OP

2006

N

1989

EO

2007

O

1990

PJ

2008

P

1991

LT

2009

Q

1992

RS

2010

R

1993

RANDOM

2011-current

Tudor serial numbers are somewhat more complicated and therefore difficult to accurately date as far less information is available. However, having said that, the table below is a rough guide and would be updated as further research is conducted. Please note, the serial numbers were reset in 1984.

Serial Number range

Year range

40,000 - 140,000

1940 - 1956

170,000 - 310,000

1957 - 1960

310,000 – 460,000

1961 - 1965

460,000 – 750,000

1966 – 1970

750,000 – 830,000

1971 – 1975

830,000 – 950,000

1976 - 1980

950,000 – 990,000

1981-1984

10,000 – 150,000

1984 - 1985

150,000 – 260,000 

1986 – 1989

B330,000 – B600,000

1990 - 1995

B650,000 – B990,000

1996 - 1998

H100,000 – H180,000

1999 - 2000