Dating Your Rolex

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Find the Model Number on Your Rolex Watch Illustration

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SERIAL NUMBER PRODUCTION YEAR
28000 1926
21691 1927
24747 1928
28290 1930
29312 1932
29933 1933
30823 1934
35365 1935
99775 1940
269561 1944
710776 1951
930879 1953 (1st Quarter)
931080 1953 (2nd Quarter)
973930 1953 (3rd Quarter)
929426 1953 (4th Quarter)
1259699 1954 (1st Quarter)
282632 1955 (3rd Quarter)
2689700 1956 (1st Quarter)
3741300 1957 (2nd Quarter)
391528 1958 (3rd Quarter)
869868 1962 (4th Quarter)
2163900 1967
2689700 1969
3215500 1971
4004200 1974
6434000 1980
7862000 1983
9766000 1987
R999999 1988
L999999 1990 (2nd Quarter)
E999999 1991
X000001 1991
N000001 1991
C000001 1992
S000001 1993
W000001 1995
T000001 1995
U000001 1997
A000001 1999
P000001 2000
K000001 2001
Y000001 2002
F000001 2003

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SERIAL NUMBER PRODUCTION YEAR
D000001 2005
Z000001 2006
M000001 2007
V000001 2008
G000001 Mid 2010
Random Numbers Late 2010 to present

 The Code On The Clasp

This database of clasp codes is also an estimate because this information too, is not released by Rolex. This list was compiled from the information provided by different forums and members, asterisks show further assumptions based on invoices and word-of-mouth. Clasp codes and the bracelet part number can be found where the Clasp reads Steelinox and consists of letters and a number. The number corresponds to the month of the year. Asterisks show a probable sequence.

1976 A* – possibly (VA)

1977 B – possibly (VB)

1978 C* – possibly (VC)

1979 D – possibly (VD)

1980 E – possibly (VE)

1981 F – possibly (VF)

1982 G

1983 H*

1984 I*

1985 J*

1986 K*

1987 L*

1988 M*

1989 N*

1990 O

1991 P

1992 Q*

1993 R

1994 S

1995 T or W

1996 V or U

1997 Z or U

1998 Z or W

1999 X

2000 AB

2001 DE

2002 DT

2003 AD

2004 CL

2005 MA

2006 OP

2007 EO

2008 PJ

2009 LT

2010 RS

Dating Your Panerai

Dating Your Panerai
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1) OP XXXX – Case No. (as shown in picture number 1)

OP attached with a four-digit number represents the Case No. of this watch. Panerai models resemble each other in most cases with little differences. Meanwhile, differences in these figures mean that their cases are of different models. They differ from each other in external appearance and material as well as the internal structure. Even the same model may bear some differences in Case No. in different historical periods.

2) BB XXXXXXX or PB XXXXXXX – reference numbers of watches (as shown in picture number 2)
This group of numbers is the reference of this watch, which is equivalent to the identity card number. For each different watch, this number will be different. In general cases, please avoid making public this number so as not to be utilized by the counterfeiters.

3) A single English character – prefix of the watch (as shown in picture number 3) The prefix represents the year of the watch. The following is some specific information.

  • Vintage: 1936-1956
  • PreV: 1993-1997
  • PreA: 1997-1998
  • A: 1998
  • B: 1999
  • C: 2000
  • D: 2001
  • E: 2002
  • F: 2003
  • G: 2004
  • H: 2005
  • I: 2006
  • J: 2007
  • K: 2008
  • L: 2009

From 1956 to 1993, merely a few prototypes were made. Of which:

A) The rules for the case back of PreV and PreA are quite different, but it is not our focus today.

B) For some watches, there will be an OOR right here standing for Out Of Range which means that this watch is not involved in the normal prefix numbering. Generally, OOR may appear only once for a single watch. Due to its scarcity, product with OOR has a slightly higher price compared with others of the same model.

4) Numbers right behind the prefix number – serial numbers of the watch (as shown in picture number 4)
This number represents the order number of the watch under the prefix in a particular given year. When the model is fixed, these numbers composed with the prefix constitute a unique and definite combination.

5) The number after the slash – the annual total of this model (as shown in picture number 5)
This number represents the total production number of this kind of watch under the prefix in a particular given year. This is a limited edition for Panerai now. Generally speaking, the smaller the number is, the more precious these watches will be, and thus the higher market price they are.
Linking into the following website, you may get some reference information about the productivity of penerai each year.

6) The fish symbol and XXX m – waterproof mark of the watch (as shown in picture number 5)
The fish symbol and figure represent the waterproof capacity of this piece watch. It says 300 meters in the picture.

Contemporarily, waterproof standard of Panerai can be classified as following:30 meters, 100 meters, 120 meters, 300 meters, 1,000 meters, 2,500 meters.