Rolex Reference number Guide: The Go-to Resource List - Millenary Watches (2022)

Rolex Reference number Guide: The Go-to Resource List

All Rolex watches have two engravings on the metal of its case. These engravings are what are known as the reference number and the serial number. The serial number can be found on the 6 o’clock side of the case of the watch, but from 2010, Rolex started engraving the serial number of their watches on the rehaut instead, which is the inner metal ring below the crystal. During a period, though, some Rolex watches got the serial number engraved both on the case and on the rehaut, but on modern Rolex watches, the serial number is only engraved on the rehaut.

Then, we have the second engraving, which is what we’ll be focusing on in this article, and that is the Rolex reference number. The reference number is engraved on the 12 o’clock side of the case.

The reference number is engraved between the lugs of the watch, on the case

Now, the serial number and reference number of a Rolex watch aren’t engraved by accident, but instead, they actually have several important purposes.

The reference number of a Rolex watch describes more about what watch it is, which model, and what elements it is made up of.

The serial number, on the other hand, can tell you when the watch was manufactured, and also work as a unique identification number for your watch.

Of course, if you know nothing about Rolex reference numbers or serial numbers, the numbers won’t tell you anything. To most people, these numbers mean nothing, but they actually give quite a lot of information, and each digit represents a defining characteristic of the watch.

In the middle of the 1950s, Rolex reached 999,999 which caused them to start over at 100,000. During this transition time (transition years), Rolex also stamped the date of the watch on the inside of the casebook, and they did so byusing Roman numbers for each quarter.

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Since Rolex has used reference numbers for a long time, the way they are used and how long the number is has evolved over the years. The Rolex reference numbers can vary between 4 to 6 digits in length.

Now, what each of the numbers means, and what each digit position in the number tells us, we’ll go into detail further on, but let’s go over them quickly, to begin with.

The first two or three digits in the Rolex reference number gives you information about which model it is. This is a huge help since by only knowing the two or three first digits that each model is represented by, you can instantly tell which model is being spoken about from the Rolex reference number.

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When we say ”the model”, it is the most defining characteristics of that particular model type, which includes its size and the type of movement used in the watch.

If the Rolex reference number is made up of five digits, the 4th digit will refer to the style of the bezel on that watch. Note that there are some exceptions to this.

The last number in the reference number tells you which material the watch is made from.

When it comes to metal, it may sound unnecessary since you can clearly see what material a watch is made of, however, that’s not always the case.

In fact, when Rolex uses things like a mixture of white gold and stainless steel, it can be mistaken to only be stainless steel, or when Rolex uses their Rolesium metal, which is a mixture of titanium and Stainless steel.

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In especially these cases, it gets much easier to identify which materials a Rolex watch is actually made in, since the eye may be tricked sometimes.

Furthermore, the Rolex reference is also great for identifying whether or not the watch is original or if certain parts have been changed. By looking at the Rolex reference number, you can identify which elements the watch should have, and then inspect the watch to confirm that.

When talking about serial numbers, Rolex began using a letter as the first digit of their serial numbers in 1987 to signify the year of production for that specific watch.

The Rolex reference number can’t be used to identify which year your watch was made, and that’s when the serial number comes in handy.

Rolex reference numbers: more helpful information

Rolex reference numbers can actually be used to distinguish counterfeit Rolex watches in some cases. The fact is that many counterfeit Rolex doesn’t even have the reference number engraved, and if they do, they tend to have a completely made up imaginary number. If the case is that the counterfeit watch has the real reference number, you’ll still be able to tell a real from a fake by looking at the quality of the engraving. Fake watch engravings tend to have an acid etched look while the real watches have a diamond engraving made to perfection.

On Rolex watches that were made before 1980s, you’ll find a four-digit reference number, but on the flip side, on Rolex models released between 1980s and 2000, you’ll find a 5 digit number.

The first two or three digits of the reference number can be used to identify the model of the watch, and we’ll present a list further on with the first numbers in the Rolex reference number and what model it alludes to.

The modern Rolex watches released from 2000 and onwards will have a 6 digit reference number with a number “1” prefacing the 5 digit reference number. The numeric preface may change as more models are being released.

  • The 5th digit refers to the bezel type
  • The 6th digit refers to the bracelet type.

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Now, you’re aware of the fact that Rolex reference numbers can give us quite a lot of information about the different Rolex models, but what exactly is it they tell us?

Well, each digit in the Rolex reference number actually refers to a particular element of the watch, and the different numbers tell us different things about the watch.

On traditional Rolex models, the first three digits in the reference number tell us what model the watch is.

These three digits can be used to determine the model of traditional Rolex models:

  • 140 = Oyster Perpetual Air-King and Submariner
  • 142 = Oyster Perpetual Chronometer 34mm and Explorer
  • 152 = Oyster Perpetual Date – Mens 34 mm
  • 162 = Oyster Perpetual Datejust Men’s 36mm
  • 165 = Explorer II
  • 166 = Submariner, SeaDweller, Yachtmaster 40mm
  • 167 = GMT Master II
  • 170 = Oyster Quartz Datejust
  • 189 = Oyster Perpetual Special Edition
  • 190 = Oyster Quartz Day-Date
  • 1165 Cosmograph Daytona
  • 1182 Oyster Perpetual Day-Date
  • 1183 Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Serti (With Diamonds)

The modern Rolex models after 2004-2006 have an extra ”1” which is added to the beginning of the reference number which tells us that it is the modern version of an existing model. For example, while the older version no-date Submariner has the reference number 14060, the new ceramic no-date submariner has the reference number 114060, allowing us to differentiate the modern from the older model.

Metal code

The sixth digit in the reference number, which is the last number of modern Rolex watches, is the digit that refers to the watch’s metal. For watches with a reference number with fewer digits than 6, the last digit in the reference number tells you what metal type it is made of.

The following numbers tell you that the different materials are used:

  • 0 = Stainless Steel
  • 1 = Stainless steel and Everose Gold (Everose Rolesor)
  • 2 = Stainless steel and Platinum (Yachtmaster)
  • 3 = Stainless Steel and 18k Yellow gold (Yellow Rolesor)
  • 4 = Stainless Steel and 18k White gold (White Rolesor)
  • 5 = Gold Shell (No Longer in use)
  • 6 = Platinum
  • 7 = 14k Yellow gold (No Longer Used)
  • 8 = 18k Yellow gold
  • 9 = 18k White gold
  • BIC = Bi-Color 18k Yellow and White gold combo
  • TRIDOR = 18k Yellow, White, and Rose gold

Bezel code in the Rolex reference number

The 5th digit in the Rolex reference number tells us what type of bezel the watch has.

0 Smooth/Domed

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  1. Engine Turned
  2. Engraved
  3. Fluted
  4. Bark
  5. Pyramide -Not in use
  6. Rotatable
  7. Various
  8. Special – Not currently in use
  9. Open -Not Currently in use

Rolex Submariner reference numbers

  • 6204: First Submariner without crown guardsand 37mm case.
  • 6205: Early Submariner without crown guards and 37mm case.
  • 6200: Early Submariner without crown guards and famous for its’ 3-6-9 “Explorer dial”.
  • 6536: Early Submariner with bigger crown and 38mm case.
  • 6536/1: Early Submariner with a small crown and known for its appearance in the first James Bond movie.
  • 6538: Early Submariner that can be seen both with the 3-6-9 dial and an ordinary in its 38mm case.
  • A/6538: Modded 6538 and the first MilSub made for Special Boat Squadron in 21 copies, was never sold on the civilian market.
  • 5508: Early Submariner with no crown guards and 37mm case.
  • 5510: Early Submariner with a 38mm case without crown guards.
  • 5512: A new case with crown guards and 40mm, COSC-certified written text on the dial.
  • 5513: The same as 5512 but not COSC-certified text on the dial.
  • 5517: MilSub made for the British military known for its sword-hands. Also known as 5513/17.
  • 5514: The same as 5513 but moded with a gas escape valve for professional Comex divers.
  • 1680: First Submariner with datefunction. Can be seen with Submariner text written in red and white.
  • 16803: Two-Tone Submariner with blue and black dial and bezel.
  • 16808: Yellow gold submariner.
  • 16800: A transitional model of the Submariner. First dial with white gold index.
  • 168000: Updated 16800.
  • 16610:Finally fully updated Submariner from 1680.A case with Rehaut but most without.
  • 16613: Two-Tone Submariner with blue and black dial and bezel.A case with Rehaut but most without.
  • 16618: Solid yellow gold Submariner.A case with Rehaut but most without.
  • 14060: No date and updated Submariner.
  • 14060M: Updated submariner and case with Rehaut but most without.
  • 16610LV: Green bezel and Submariners’ 50 years anniversary model.
  • 116610LN: Ceramic bezel with a new case. Maxi hands and dial.
  • 116610LV: Green ceramic bezel and a new case.Maxi hands and dial.
  • 116613: Two-Tone ceramic Submariner with both black and blue dial and bezel.Maxi hands and dial.
  • 116618LB: Solid yellow gold Submariner with blue and black dial and bezel.Maxi hands and dial.Maxi hands and dial.
  • 116619LB: Solid white gold Submariner with blue dial and bezel.

Rolex GMT Master reference numbers

  • 6542: First GMT Master with modified movement. Bakelite and steel bezel. Pepsi inserts. No crown guards
  • 6542/8: Yellow gold GMT Master. No crown guards.
  • 1675: Second GMT Master with both Pepsi and all-black bezel. First case with crown guards.
  • 16753: Two-Tone GMT Master with rootbeer bezel.
  • 16758: All yellow gold GMT Master.
  • 16750: First GMT Master with quickset movement. Pepsi and black bezel.
  • 16760: GMT Master is also known as “Fat Lady” for its’ bigger case. Coke insert ( black and red ).
  • 16700: Black, Pepsi ( blue and red ) and Coke ( black and red ) insert.
  • 16710: Black, Pepsi ( blue and red ) and Coke ( black and red ) insert. First GMT Master II.
  • 16713: Two-Tone GMT Master II in both rootbeer and black insert.
  • 116710LN: Updated GMT Master II with ceramic bezel, maxi dial, and hands. This reference had black bezel.
  • 116710BLNR: Updated GMT Master II with ceramic bezel, maxi dial, and hands with Batman ( blue and black ) ceramic bezel.
  • 116713LN: Two-Tone GMT Master II with a black insert with ceramic bezel, maxi dial and hands.
  • 116718LV: Solid gold GMT Master celebrating 50 years of the GMT Master with green bezel and dial.
  • 116719BLRO: White gold GMT Master II with Pepsi ceramic bezel ( blue and red ).
  • 126710BLRO:Brand new “pepsi” model with Jubilee bracleet. Blue and red bezel.
  • 126710BLNR:The updated version of the 116710blnr with Jubilee bracelet and new movement.
  • 126711CHNR:Also known as “root beer”. Gold and steel GMT made in Everose gold and steel.
  • 126715 CHNR: Full rose gold version of the “root beer”

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Rolex Air king reference numbers

  • 1400: Updated version with sapphire crystal and a new caliber 3000 movement.
  • 4365: Made in the 1940s. The first Rolex Air-King, which measured 34 millimeters.
  • 4925: The first Oyster watch to feature the iconic Air-King moniker on the dial.
  • 5502: Acrylic crystal. 1530 automatic movement.
  • 5520: Silver dial, automatic movement. Gold case.
  • 6500: Oyster Perpetual and chronometer rated. This Rolex reference was never branded an Air-King.
  • 14000M: Automatic movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, waterproof screw-down crown. Case in 34mm.
  • 14010M: Automatic 3130 movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, waterproof screw-down crown
  • 114234: Introduced in In 2007. The last model of the Air-king family (of the past generation since the model was revived in 2016). It features a white gold bezel and is the only Air-king with such element.
  • 114210: 34mm case, Silver Luminous with Arabic hour markers at 3, 6, 9. Automatic movement,scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Waterproof.
  • 7784
  • 5700: Automatic movement, acrylic crystal, waterproof screw-down crown. Blue, linen, or silver dial.
  • 5506: Automatic movement, acrylic crystal. Yellow gold plated.
  • 5501: Automatic 1520 movement. Acrylic crystal, waterproof. Screw-down crown. Oyster case. Introduced in 1958.
  • 5500: It is technically an Air-King, but Rolex also offered the ref. 5500 with an Explorer dial for about 10 years.
  • 1009
  • 5504: Stainless steel. The 5504 case was used as both the Air-King as well as the Explorer. Featuring a 1530 caliber movement.
  • 114200: Automatic movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, waterproof screw-down crown. 3130 movement 34mm.
  • 6552: Built upon the 34mm Oyster Case.
  • 1002: The 1002 is often quoted as an Air-King model, but it never was – it was only an Oyster perpetual.
  • 1401: Stainless Steel. Water Resistant to 100 meters.
  • 5701: A less-common model than most Air-King references.
  • 116900:The newest and current Air-King model. Released in 2016. 39mm case.

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Rolex Oysterquartz reference numbers (all Oysterquartz models)

  • 17000: Among the first examples of the OysterQuartz watches. Made in early 1978. Tritium luminous. Caliber 5035 with date indication.
  • 17013: Two-tone version with 18k yellow gold and steel. 100m water-resistant.Rolex caliber 5035.
  • 17014: Quickset date, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. 18k white gold fluted bezel. Datejust model.
  • 19018: Full yellow gold. Available with different dials. Day-Date model.
  • 19019: Day-Date model. Made in 18k white gold. 36 mm.
  • 19028: Day-Date model. Pyramid design details. Pyramid motif on both the bezel and the center links of the President bracelet. Unique and rare version of the OysterQuartz. Full 18k yellow gold.
  • 19038: A middle way model between the 19028 and the 19068. Pyramid motif on the bezel and center links of the president bracelet as well as twelve diamonds mounted from the factory. The 1903 is just like the 19028 other than that it has diamonds on the dial.
  • 19048: It is a 19018 but has a different reference number since it has a bezel fitted with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds.
  • 19049: Full 18k white gold. Day-Date model. It is just like the 19019, but has a different reference number since it has a bezel fitted with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds.
  • 19058: Extremely rare version of the Oysterquartz. One of rarest versions. Fitted with a bezel with 44 curved baguette-cut diamonds, rubies or sapphires.
  • 19068: Day-Date model. Equipped with a 44 brilliant-cut diamond bezel.
  • 19078: The rarest Oysterquartz models there is. Fitted with a rainbow gem-set bezel with 44 curved baguette-cut gems in rainbow colors, and a rainbow gem dial. Equipped with a 19028 pyramid bracelet. Day-Date model. Full 18k yellow gold.
  • 19148: This model is just like the 19048 but features a bracelet with a twelve brilliant-cut diamonds per center link. The watch was crusted with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel, 8 brilliant-cut diamonds on the case and 300 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bracelet. Day-date model.
  • 19168: Featuring an octopus bracelet. Normally production year 1987.Baguette and brilliant-cut stones on the braceletand 44 curved baguette-cut stones on the bezel Full 18k yellow gold.
  • 19149: Day-Date model. Full 18k white gold.

Rolex Yacht-Master reference numbers

  • 16622: Automatic Rolex cal. 3135 movement, Quickset, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, waterproof screw-down crown. Platinum rotatable bezel. Made in Rolesium.
  • 16628: Full 18K yellow gold. Automatic Rolex Caliber 3135 movement with date function. Movement with 31 jewels and quickset function. scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, waterproof screw-down crown. Rotatable bezel.
  • 68623: 35mm. Two-tone with 18k yellow gold and stainless steel. Discontinued in 1999.
  • 68628: Full 18k yellow gold. 35mm case. Rotating bezel.
  • 168622: 35mm. Platinum Uni-directional rotating bezel. Platinum dial. Rolex Calibre 2235 automatic movement. 48-hour power reserve.
  • 168623: Two-tone 18K contrasted by stainless steel. 100 meters of water resistance.
  • 168628: Full 18k yellow gold. 100 meters waterproof. Automatic movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, waterproof, screw-down crown.
  • 169623: Two-tone. 18k gold and stainless steel.
  • 169628: Full 18k yellow gold. Automatic movement. Bi-rotational Bezel, Date, Second Hand
  • 169622: Platinum and steel. unidirectional rotating bezel.
  • 166233: Mechanical automatic movement. Rotatable 18k yellow gold bezel. 18k yellow gold and stainless steel case and bracelet.
  • 116689:White Dial with a body in white gold and platinum. Oyster-bracelet in solid white gold.
  • 116688:Yacht-Master II in yellow gold with a blue bezel.
  • 116655:40mm Yacht-Master in rose gold with black dial and bezel
  • 69628:29mm ladies Yacht-Master in yellow gold with a blue and white dial.
  • 69623:29mm ladies Yacht-aster in two-tone ( yellow gold and steel ).
  • 116622:40mm Yacht-Master in steel and platinum bezel. Available with blue or white dial.
  • 268621:Two-Tone Yacht-Master in rose gold and steel in 37mm. Available with a brown/black dial.
  • 116681:Yacht-Master II in two-tone ( Yellow gold and stainless steel ) with a blue bezel.
  • 116621:40mm Yacht-Master in two-tone (rose gold and stainless steel )
  • 268655:37mm rose gold Yacht-Master with an Oysterflex rubber strap.
  • 268622:37mm Yacht-Master in stainless steel and platinum bezel. Known for the blue second hand.
  • 126655: Updated version of 116655 with new caliber 3235 and featuring Glidelock clasp.
  • 126622: Updated version of 116622 with new 3235 movement.
  • 226659: New Basel 2018 release. White gold 42mm case with Oysterflex bracelet.

Rolex Explorer reference numbers

  • 1655: Explorer II nicknamed ”Steve McQueen”. 24-hour bezel, GMT hand, waterproof screw-down crown, acrylic crystal.
  • 16570: Explorer II model. Black or white ”polar” dial. 24-hour bezel. GMT hand. Stainless steel.
  • 16550: Explorer II model. A predecessor of 16570. Transitional reference 16550, which came between the 1655 and the
  • 16570: Black and white dial. A mistake in the production made the early series of the white dials more cream-colored.
  • 114270: Explorer I model. 36mm. 100m water resistance. 3, 6, 9 Arabic numerals.
  • 14270: Explorer I model. no-date. 36mm. 3, 6, 9 Arabic numerals. caliber 3000 movement.
  • 6610: Explorer I model. 3, 6, 9 indexes with tritium lime. One of the early Explorer models.
  • 6350: The first watch to carry the Explorer name on the dial was the reference 6350. Launched in 1953.
  • 6298: Prototype watch used by explorers in the early 1950s, eventually leading to the development of the Explorer line. Called ‘Big Bubblebacks’.
  • 6150: Pre-explorer model. The 6150 is one of the rarest and earliest examples of the “Explorer” model which doesn’t carry the Explorer name on the dial.
  • 6098: Big bubble back watch. The successor of the 5020.
  • 5504: 3, 6, 9 Arabic numerals.
  • 1016: 3, 6, 9 Arabic numerals in tritium lume.
  • 216570: Black and white dial Explorer II 42mm
  • 16570: Black and white dial Explorer II 40mm,
  • 5506: Dating back to mid 1950’s. The first use of the Rolex 1530 automatic movement. Referred to as Rolex dress Explorers. Dressier versos of the then 1016 Explorer. Available in two-tone or gold-filled cases.
  • 6299: The reference 6299, as opposed to the standard 6298, refers to the watch being Yellow gold/stainless steel as opposed to the ref 6298 being only stainless steel.
  • 5500: Essentially an Air-king with a classic gilt 3,6,9 Explorer dial. Available as two variants: Precision and Super Precision. Produced only from 1958 to 1967
  • 5501: Fluted gold bezel. ”Precision” on the dial and the text ”Explorer”.

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Rolex Milgauss reference numbers

  • 1019: One of the most sought-after vintage Milgauss. Without luminous dots as requested by CERN who needed watch which wouldn’t interfere with their experiments since the tritium used as the luminous material emitted radioactive ”signals”. Because of this non-lune version, the 1019 Milgauss has become one of the more desirable vintage Milgauss models.
  • 6541: Similar to an early Submariner in its case design. 25-jewel, self-winding movement. Featuring a black rotating bezel. lightning bolt-shaped seconds hand.
  • 116400GV: The anniversary Milgauss edition “glass verte” with green sapphire glass.
  • 116400: The first model in Rolex’s revived Milgauss collection which launched in 2007 after nearly two decades of absence.

Rolex Daytona reference number (and other Rolex chronographs)

  • 1650
  • 1651
  • 1652
  • 1656
  • 1658
  • 6239
  • 6240
  • 6241
  • 6262
  • 6263
  • 6264
  • 6265
  • 16518
  • 16519
  • 16520
  • 16523
  • 16528
  • 116509
  • 116518
  • 116519
  • 116520
  • 116523
  • 116589
  • 116598
  • 116599
  • 1074
  • 1223
  • 2021
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2057
  • 2226
  • 2303
  • 2507
  • 2508
  • 2705
  • 2737
  • 2811
  • 2917
  • 2918
  • 2920
  • 3036
  • 3055
  • 3082
  • 3085
  • 3181
  • 3233
  • 3330
  • 3333
  • 3335
  • 3346
  • 3462
  • 3481
  • 3484
  • 3525
  • 3529
  • 3635
  • 3642
  • 3668
  • 3695
  • 3735
  • 3827
  • 3834
  • 3835
  • 3997
  • 4048
  • 4062
  • 4099
  • 4100
  • 4113
  • 4311
  • 4313
  • 4332
  • 4352
  • 4500
  • 4537
  • 4767
  • 4768
  • 5034
  • 5036
  • 6032
  • 6034
  • 6036
  • 6232
  • 6234
  • 6236
  • 6238
  • 6270
  • 7131
  • 7159
  • 7169
  • 8180
  • 8206
  • 9162
  • 116515
  • 116505
  • 16523
  • 16515
  • 16568
  • 116568
  • 1659
  • 1623
  • 116528
  • 116500LN -new 2016 released stainless steel Daytona with ceramic bezel.
  • 116508

Rolex Sea-Dweller reference numbers

  • 1660
  • 1665:Can be seen with various types of dials. This reference features a double red print on the dial.
  • 1666
  • 16600
  • 16650
  • 16660
  • 116600
  • 116660
  • 126600
  • 126660

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Rolex Cellini reference numbers

  • 6693
  • 6692
  • 6673
  • 6628
  • 6623
  • 6621
  • 6110
  • 5330
  • 5241
  • 5116
  • 4243
  • 4233
  • 4223
  • 4113
  • 4112

Rolex Datejust reference numbers

  • 166201
  • 116244
  • 116243
  • 116238
  • 116234
  • 116233
  • 116231
  • 116208
  • 116203
  • 116201
  • 116200
  • 116199
  • 116189
  • 116188
  • 116139
  • 116138
  • 126334
  • 126234
  • 126331
  • 126333
  • 126233
  • 126231
  • 126300
  • 126303
  • 126301
  • 17014
  • 17013
  • 17000
  • 16364
  • 16250
  • 16248
  • 16238
  • 16234
  • 16233
  • 16220
  • 16203
  • 16200
  • 16078
  • 16030
  • 16018
  • 16014
  • 16013
  • 16000
  • 6827
  • 6605
  • 6604
  • 6518
  • 6305
  • 1630
  • 1607
  • 1603
  • 1601
  • 1600
  • 178383
  • 178313
  • 178288
  • 178286
  • 178279
  • 178278
  • 178275
  • 178274
  • 178273
  • 178269
  • 178248
  • 178246
  • 178245
  • 178243
  • 178240
  • 178239
  • 178238
  • 178159
  • 178158
  • 81339
  • 81338
  • 81308
  • 81209
  • 81208
  • 81158
  • 78288
  • 78286
  • 78279
  • 78278
  • 78274
  • 78273
  • 78266
  • 78248
  • 78246
  • 78243
  • 78240
  • 77438
  • 77080
  • 77014
  • 68278
  • 68274
  • 68273
  • 68248
  • 68243
  • 68240
  • 17824
  • 7518
  • 6824
  • 116264
  • 116263
  • 116261
  • 16268
  • 16264
  • 16263
  • 16253
  • 6309
  • 1625
  • 116233
  • 16203
  • 16200
  • 116264
  • 116263
  • 116261
  • 16268
  • 16264
  • 16263
  • 16253
  • 6309
  • 1625
  • 6824
  • 6827
  • 68158
  • 68159
  • 68238
  • 68240
  • 68243
  • 68246
  • 68248
  • 68258
  • 68266
  • 68268
  • 68273
  • 68274
  • 68278
  • 68279
  • 68286
  • 68288
  • 68289
  • 77080
  • 77014
  • 77438
  • 77518
  • 78240
  • 78243
  • 78246
  • 78248
  • 78266
  • 78273
  • 78274
  • 78278
  • 78279
  • 78286
  • 78288
  • 81158
  • 81208
  • 81209
  • 81308
  • 81318
  • 81319
  • 81338
  • 81339
  • 178158
  • 178159
  • 178238
  • 178239
  • 178240
  • 178245
  • 178246
  • 178248
  • 178269
  • 178271
  • 178274
  • 178275
  • 178278
  • 178279
  • 178286
  • 178288

Rolex Bubbleback reference numbers

  • 1852
  • 1873
  • 2240
  • 2490
  • 2765
  • 2784
  • 2945
  • 3009
  • 3019
  • 3065
  • 3130
  • 3131
  • 3132
  • 3133,
  • 3134
  • 3135
  • 3347
  • 3348
  • 3358
  • 3372
  • 3458
  • 3548
  • 3549
  • 3595
  • 3598
  • 3599
  • 3696
  • 3725
  • 3767,
  • 3795
  • 3796
  • 3801
  • 3940
  • 3951
  • 4392
  • 4777
  • 4919
  • 4939
  • 4961
  • 5001
  • 5002
  • 5003
  • 5006
  • 5007
  • 5009
  • 5010
  • 5011
  • 5013
  • 5026
  • 5045
  • 5048,
  • 5051
  • 5052
  • 5087
  • 5105
  • 5173
  • 5488
  • 6006
  • 6007
  • 6016
  • 6048
  • 6052
  • 6064
  • 6065
  • 6076
  • 6087
  • 6106
  • 6428
  • 8050
  • 8052
  • 4467
  • 6031
  • 6074
  • 6075
  • 1858
  • 2704
  • 2725
  • 2760
  • 2764
  • 2768
  • 2940
  • 3042
  • 3064
  • 3065
  • 3159
  • 3353
  • 3496
  • 3536
  • 3716
  • 3772
  • 3794
  • 4362
  • 4467
  • 4643
  • 4846
  • 4857
  • 4984
  • 5015
  • 5018
  • 5028
  • 5029
  • 5050
  • 5054
  • 5055
  • 5084
  • 5284
  • 6011
  • 6015
  • 6022
  • 6029
  • 6050
  • 6084
  • 6085
  • 6092
  • 6098
  • 6102
  • 6105
  • 6106
  • 6108
  • 6206
  • 6298
  • 6334
  • 6352

Rolex Day-Date reference numbers

  • 1800
  • 1802
  • 1804
  • 1805
  • 1806
  • 1808
  • 1809
  • 1810
  • 1811
  • 1812
  • 1813
  • 1814
  • 1815
  • 1816,
  • 1817
  • 1820
  • 1823
  • 1824
  • 1829
  • 1830
  • 1831
  • 1833
  • 1834
  • 1836
  • 1837
  • 1838
  • 1839
  • 6612
  • 6613
  • 18000
  • 18026
  • 18028
  • 18029
  • 18046
  • 18049
  • 18078
  • 18079
  • 18178
  • 18206,
  • 18206B
  • 18208
  • 18249
  • 18368
  • 18369
  • 18388,
  • 18389,
  • 118296
  • 118338
  • 118339
  • 118346
  • 118348
  • 118366
  • 118398
  • 118399
  • 1894
  • 1895
  • 118399
  • 118398
  • 118388
  • 118366
  • 118348
  • 118346
  • 18078
  • 18026
  • 1807
  • 18296
  • 18338
  • 18348
  • 18349
  • 18366
  • 18378
  • 18946
  • 18948
  • 18956
  • 18958
  • 118205
  • 118206
  • 118208
  • 118209
  • 118235
  • 118238
  • 118239
  • 118296
  • 118338
  • 118339
  • 118346
  • 118348
  • 118366
  • 118388
  • 118389
  • 118398
  • 118399
  • 218206
  • 218235
  • 218238
  • 218239
  • 118399
  • 118398
  • 118388
  • 118366
  • 118348
  • 118346
  • 118339
  • 118338
  • 118296
  • 118239
  • 118238
  • 118235
  • 118209
  • 118208
  • 118206
  • 118205
  • 19018
  • 18958
  • 18956
  • 18948
  • 18946
  • 18346
  • 18308
  • 18248
  • 18239
  • 18238
  • 18078
  • 18048
  • 18039
  • 18038
  • 18026
  • 6611
  • 6511
  • 1803

On the inside of the clasp hinge, you’ll find what is known as the clasp/bracelet code. The clasp code on Rolex watches can be used to determine the year and month of the year when it was made. Have in mind tohough, that it’s not completely Rolex watches have bracelets that have a different date (thus were manufactured at a different time) than the watch’s case.

The clasp code consists of one or two letters which are then followed by a number. The letter in the code represents the year of which the bracelet was made, and the digits refer to the month it was made.

  • A = 1976
  • B = 1977
  • C = 1978
  • D = 1979
  • E = 1980
  • F = 1981
  • G = 1982
  • H = 1983
  • I = 1984
  • J = 1985
  • K = 1986
  • L = 1987
  • M = 1988
  • N = 1989
  • O = 1990
  • P = 1991
  • Q = 1992
  • R = 1993
  • S = 1994
  • W = 1995
  • V = 1996
  • Z = 1997
  • Z – W= 1998
  • X = 1999
  • AB = 2000
  • DE = 2001
  • DT = 2002
  • AD = 2003
  • CL = 2004
  • MA = 2005
  • OP – 2006
  • EO = 2007
  • PJ = 2008
  • LT = 2009
  • RS = 2010
  • CP = 2011
  • The letter S gives information that the watch has a service bracelet.

For more information about Rolex clasp code, read our complete guide to Rolex clasp codes.

Conclusion

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FAQs

How do you read a Rolex reference number? ›

The number is found between the lugs right above the 12 o'clock location on the side of the case. The number can be used to identify the model, bezel, and material of your specific watch. For example, if you have a Rolex watch with the reference number 116506, this number would be divided as follows: 1165/0/6.

Can I check a Rolex serial number? ›

The Rolex serial numbers are found between the lugs on the side of the case at the 6 o'clock side, behind the bracelet. This 4-8 digit number is engraved by Rolex on every watch and it can be used to determine its production date.

What does a reference number mean on a watch? ›

The reference number is the model number. It identifies the watch model as a whole. Using the reference number, you can usually learn information such as the watch type, material, dial, and the movement.

How do you read a watch reference number? ›

Simple the first two to four digits tells us the watch model by model we mean the family of watches

Is a reference number A serial number? ›

These are two totally different things. The Serial number is a unique number only for your watch and can also tell you the estimated date of production. The model reference is Rolex's way of identifying the model and materials used on your particular Rolex.

Can you authenticate a Rolex watch? ›

The Rolex serial number can be found in the rehaut or between the lugs. Always at 6 o'clock position engraved in the case or rehaut. With the serial number you can check in which year the watch was produced. In addition it will tell you if it is a real serial number that was issued by Rolex.

How do you tell if a Rolex is real or fake? ›

How to spot a fake Rolex watch 2022 - YouTube

What is Rolex scrambled serial number? ›

Starting about mid-way through 2010, Rolex started to “scramble” the serial numbers. These are also known as “random serials” or “scattered serials” and are not as bad as they sound. It just means it's a watch from after 2010 that Rolex began implementing this new serial number system with.

How can I tell how old my watch is? ›

Check for model numbers

It can also help you determine the age of your watch. You can typically find the engraving on the back of the watch, or on the underside of the back cover. It is also common to find the model number on the movement of the watch.

What is the little number on a watch? ›

A serial number is sometimes engraved onto the case to signify the batch and tracking of the watch. Think of it as a unique ID. Brands will often serialized the case so that they can track the owner, repair, and or timeline of the watch throughout it's life. So say you bought a Rolex (or Patek Philippe, Omega, etc.)

How do I know what model Rolex I have? ›

Rolex model or reference numbers are listed on the certificates Rolex issues, but it's also available on the watch case itself. You will have to remove the bracelet to find it. The reference/model number is engraved between the lugs on the 12 o'clock side where the bracelet meets the watch case as pictured below.

Do all real Rolex watches have serial numbers? ›

Every Rolex watch that comes out of the factory is designated with its own serial number. As a result, each Rolex serial number is unique (there are exceptions, as we'll see shortly). So in theory, a Rolex serial number can tell you what year (approximately) the watch was made in.

Can you check a watch serial number? ›

The serial number of your watch is engraved on the case at the 6 o'clock end between the lugs. You will need to remove the bracelet/strap to see it. The model reference is engraved in the same place at the 12 o'clock end.

How do you use a reference number? ›

Arrange the sources you cite alphabetically and then number them; or. Number the citations consecutively according to the first mention of each source in the text (using the same number for subsequent references to the same source).

How can you tell if a Rolex is not stolen? ›

The Watch Register database

It also offers a database search service to retailers, pawnbrokers, jewellers, auction houses and collectors, which allows them to check the status of a watch prior to transactions. THE WATCH REGISTER database currently lists over 70,000 lost and stolen watches, and is growing rapidly.

How much does Rolex authentication cost? ›

The fees for authentication are S$280 for all brands and S$190 for all modern stainless steel Rolex produced after 1990s. If you need the condition of the watch to be assessed with digital print-out from our timing instruments, the additional fee is S$50.

Can you hear a Rolex tick? ›

However, a real Rolex also doesn't “tick” as other watches might. Since the second-hand moves so quickly, the sound of its ticking is so subtle that you can't really hear it at all.

How much does it cost to authenticate a watch? ›

We charge $100 for the verbal authentication, or for an additional $100, we provide a letter with the watch reference details and condition report for personal records and insurance records. This letter will be emailed to you within two business days. You do not need to make an appointment for this service.

Does Rolex stamped 18K? ›

What all of the watches that have these markings have in common is the fact that they are made in 18K gold. The 750 stamped on the watch refers to the purity of the gold used. Rolex uses only 18K gold, and more specifically, an alloy which is composed of 750 thousands of pure gold, (750‰).

Does a Rolex have a battery? ›

No, today's Rolex watches do not have a battery. Instead, the watch harnesses kinetic energy generated by the motion of your wrist to power its movement. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual produced from 1970–2001 did have a battery.

What is the rehaut on a Rolex? ›

The rehaut, also known as the flange, is the inner metal ring between the dial and crystal. This is the space where you can see “ROLEX ROLEX ROLEX” etched around it on modern Rolex watches.

What do Rolex model numbers mean? ›

Rolex model numbers are four, five or six numerical digits long. The first two to four digits describes the type of watch. If the model number is five or six digits long, the second to the last number describes the bezel and the last number describes the metal type the watch is made from.

How long are Rolex serial numbers? ›

Rolex watches are special for many reasons, one of the unique characteristics of every Rolex is the exclusive five to eight digit serial number on each timepiece. The serial number is engraved between the lugs at the 12 o'clock position.

When did Rolex start with mixed serial numbers? ›

ROLEX PRODUCTION DATES BY SERIAL NUMBER…

By 2010 this practice had gradually transitioned to all models. In 2010, Rolex mostly abandoned their conventional numbering sequence in favor for a mixed (aka random aka scrambled) serial.

How old does a Rolex have to be to be considered vintage? ›

Vintage can have different definitions when used to refer to a Rolex watch. Technically, for a watch to earn the term “vintage,” it must be at least 20 years old.

How old does a watch have to be to be considered vintage? ›

Some people think it is pre-1980, while others will argue that anything over 25 years old or 50 years old is vintage. However, everyone can agree that a vintage watch comes with history. Each vintage piece will have patina from years of wear, and for many that means they are each unique and aged just right.

What is 17 jewels in a watch? ›

A 17 jewel watch has every bearing from the balance wheel to the center wheel pivot bearings jeweled, so it was considered a 'fully jeweled' watch. In quality watches, to minimize positional error, capstones were added to the lever and escape wheel bearings, making 21 jewels.

What can you do with a watch serial number? ›

What Are Watch Serial Numbers Used For? There's usually the chance to register a watch when you buy it, and when you do so it's identified by its unique serial number. This records information that can later be used to confirm authenticity, ownership and other details that may be useful in repairing or reselling it.

What do the 3 faces on a watch mean? ›

A chronograph watch typically has three dials to register the time elapsed – a second dial (also referred to as a sub-second dial), a minute dial and an hour dial.

What are the other numbers on my watch? ›

The hour markers are the actual labels or indexes on the dial, usually actual numbers 1 to 12 or 12 indexes, to indicate the time. The most common are Arabic and Roman numerals.

How do I know what year is my Rolex? ›

To identify the year of your Rolex watch, simply take a look at your warranty card. There, the person who has sold the watch will have written the year and date that the watch was purchased.

How much is a cheapest Rolex watch? ›

What Are The Cheapest Models Available? The cheapest Rolex watch on the company's website is the Oyster Perpetual, which retails for between $5,300 and $6,150, depending on which case size you choose. It's the most affordable current production Rolex because it foregoes precious metal for an all-steel finish.

How do I register my Rolex watch? ›

The simple two-step process for registration involves setting up a free account using your email address. Next, you enter your Rolex's serial number that is then stored safely in the Rolex Tracker database. By creating an account on Rolex Tracker, you will always have the serial number stored.

How long is a Rolex serial number? ›

About Rolex Serial & Reference Numbers

Rolex watches are special for many reasons, one of the unique characteristics of every Rolex is the exclusive five to eight digit serial number on each timepiece. The serial number is engraved between the lugs at the 12 o'clock position.

What do the numbers on Rolex clasp mean? ›

The Rolex bracelet code on the clasp hinge is made up of one or two letters followed by a number. The numbers represent the year when the watch was made, and the numbers the month.

How can you tell a real Rolex watch from a fake? ›

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When did Rolex start scrambling serial numbers? ›

Starting about mid-way through 2010, Rolex started to “scramble” the serial numbers. These are also known as “random serials” or “scattered serials” and are not as bad as they sound. It just means it's a watch from after 2010 that Rolex began implementing this new serial number system with.

How do I know what year is my Rolex? ›

To identify the year of your Rolex watch, simply take a look at your warranty card. There, the person who has sold the watch will have written the year and date that the watch was purchased.

How do you tell if a Rolex is stolen? ›

Since most Rolex owners choose to register their watches with Rolex USA via serial numbers, they also tend to report cases of theft or loss. You can also use the Rolex Tracker to check the origin of your watch. Owners use the tool to register the watch and make them fully traceable if they are stolen.

Can you hear a Rolex tick? ›

However, a real Rolex also doesn't “tick” as other watches might. Since the second-hand moves so quickly, the sound of its ticking is so subtle that you can't really hear it at all.

Where is Rolex serial number? ›

How To Find Your Rolex Serial Number & The Year. The information on most older Rolex Watches is engraved between the lugs on the watch body. That is, the bracelet/wrist strap needs to be removed in order to see it. The serial number is at the 6 o'clock position and the reference number/model number is at 12 o'clock.

What is clasp code? ›

The clasp code is engraved in the clasp of the bracelet. These two numbers will help you to track the production year of your Rolex watch.

Do all Rolex have serial numbers? ›

Every Rolex watch that comes out of the factory is designated with its own serial number. As a result, each Rolex serial number is unique (there are exceptions, as we'll see shortly). So in theory, a Rolex serial number can tell you what year (approximately) the watch was made in.

Is the gold on a Rolex real? ›

Rolex exclusively uses 18 kt gold, a princely alloy composed of 750‰ (thousandths) of pure gold, plus exactly the right mixture of elements including silver and copper necessary to produce the different types of 18 kt gold: yellow, white and Everose, Rolex's exclusive pink gold alloy.

Do all Rolexes have a hologram on the back of it? ›

Many counterfeit Rolex wristwatches do not have this 3D feature, and will likely have a background that is not holographic at all.

How much does Rolex authentication cost? ›

The fees for authentication are S$280 for all brands and S$190 for all modern stainless steel Rolex produced after 1990s. If you need the condition of the watch to be assessed with digital print-out from our timing instruments, the additional fee is S$50.

How many Rolex are made each year? ›

Rolex watches continue to have a reputation as status symbols. The company produces more than 1,000,000 timepieces each year.

How do I register my Rolex watch? ›

The simple two-step process for registration involves setting up a free account using your email address. Next, you enter your Rolex's serial number that is then stored safely in the Rolex Tracker database. By creating an account on Rolex Tracker, you will always have the serial number stored.

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