Rolex Information

This is general information on Rolex.


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Sports models in like new condition hold 60% to 80% of retail. Submariner and Explorer models are extremely difficult to obtain and they hold the most in value. The earlier Explorer, model 1016 is worth somewhere in the mid $2K's. The stainless Daytona in mint condition is worth much more than the retail price! Be careful on the Bubblebacks as phony cases and parts abound, plus the movement may not match the case!


What Do The Numbers Mean...

Rolex model numbers prior to the year 2000 were either four or five digits. The first two or three describes the type of watch. The second from the last describes (some exceptions) the type of bezel and the last describes the material that the watch is made from.

New models introduced in 2000 have a 1 preceding the old five digit model number.



Type of Watch...

Oyster Perpetual - 10 & 140 Airking - 55 & 140
Oyster Perpetual Chronometer -142 Oyster Perp Date Chronometer - 15 & 150
Oyster Perp Date - 15 & 150 Oyster Perp Datejust - 16 & 160
Thunderbird Bezel DJ - 16 & 162 Daytona Manual Wind - 62
Daytona Cosmograph - 165 Explorer - 165
Sea Dweller - 16 & 166 Submariner - 16, 166 & 168
Submariner OP - 55 & 140 GMT Master - 167
Oysterquartz Datejust - 170 Oyster PD - 18,180, 182 & 183
Oyster PD (Older) - 65 & 66 Oyster Quartz Date - 190
Yacht Master - 166, 686 & 696 Midsize Oyster Perp DJ - 682
Lady Oyster Perpetual - 67 & 671 Lady OP Date - 65, 69, 691 & 692
Lady OP Datejust - 65, 69, 691 & 692
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Type of Bezel...

0 Polished 3 Fluted 5 Pyramid
1 Finely Engine Turned 4 Hand-Crafted 6 Rotating Bezel
2 Engine Turned


Type of Material...

0 Stainless 4 Stainless/White Gold 7 14k Yellow Gold
1 Yellow Gold Filled 5 Gold Shell 8 18k Yellow Gold
2 White Gold Filled 6 Platinum 9 18k White Gold
3 Stainless & Yellow Gold


Production Dates By Serial Number...

1926 - 28,000 1975 - 4,267,100 1987 - 9,766,000
1937 - 99,000 1976 - 4,539,000 1987 1/2 - 9,999,999
1943 - 253,400 1977 - 5,006,000 1987 1/2 - R000,000
1948 - 543,400 1978 - 5,482,000 1989 - L000,001
1955 * - 1,012,000 1979 - 5,958,000 1990 1/2 - E000,001
1962 - 1,558,000 1980 - 6,424,000 1991 3/4 - X000,001
1967 - 2,163,900 1981 - 6,910,000 1991 3/4 - N000,000
1970 - 2,952,600 1982 - 7,366,000 1992 1/4 - C000,001
1971 - 3,215,500 1983 - 7,862,000 1993 3/4 - S000,001 *
1972 - 3,478,400 1984 - 8,388,000 1995 - W000,001 *
1973 - 3,741,300 1985 - 8,814,000 1995 3/4 - T000,001 *
1974 - 4,004,200 1986 - 9,290,000 1997 1/2 - U000,001 *
In late 1998, Rolex began using the A prefix...A000,001
In early 2000, Rolex began using the P prefix...P000,001
In mid 2001, Rolex began using the K prefix...K000,001


* When Rolex reached the 999,999 production serial in the early 1950's...they restarted the production serial at 100,000 rather than begin a 7 digit number at 1,000,000. During this period Rolex was also putting the date code on the inside of the case backs...so confusing production serials can sometimes have their production date determined. Look for the Roman number I, II, III or IV for the quarter & two arabic digits for the year.

In the late 1950's, Rolex again reached the 999,999 production serial & they started their 7 digit numeric numbering system at 1,000,000 for production serials, this continued until the 1990's until production serials reached 9,999,999.

Rather than begin an 8 digit production serial, Rolex instead began their serials with a letter prefix such as R, then L, E & X. (ROLEX without the O) N, C, & S came out during the early to mid 1990's, W, T & U a little later. The latest letter prefixes are all running concurrently...as Rolex wishes! Only Rolex knows the exact date that any watch was actually produced.

Confused...contact Rolex with the exact serial number of your watch...don't expect a reply with an answer!

Rolex USA catalogs and pricing - 1-212-758-7700

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