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Rolex Oyster case production dates

by Serial Numbers

Note: James M. Dowling notified me that the dates in this table were incorrect. I have revised the list using the information from his book "The Best Of Times; Rolex,  an unauthorised history". Click here for details about the book.


In the mid 1950's, Rolex started to re-use case numbers, which results in numbers issued twice. Fortunately they started stamping date codes in the case backs, comprising of a Roman numeral indicating the quarter of the year in which the watch was constructed, and a two digit year indication. For example,  IV 69 would indicate that the watch was constructed in the fourth quarter of 1969. More information about dating Rolex watches can be found in Dowling's and Hess' book.

The case numbers listed below are the latest confirmed production numbers for that year. Higher numbers for that year therefore may exist.

21691 1927
23969 1928
24747 1928
28290 1930
29312 1932
29933 1933
30823 1934
35365 1935
37596 1936
40920 1937
43739 1938
71224 1939
99775 1940
106047 1941
143509 1942
230878 1943
269561 1944
302459 1945
387216 1946
529163 1947
628840 1948
710776 1951
840396 1952
929426 IV 53
930879 I 1953
937170 I 54
941699 I 1953
952892 1 1954
955466 IV 1953
964789 IV 1953
973697 1V 1953
973930 III 1953
116578 IV 1953
132562 III 1953
139400 I 1956
139477 I 1956
282632 III 1955
321884 IV 1957
360171 I 1958
383893 I 1958
385893 II 1958
412128 IV 1958
764754 I 1962
1182076 III 1964
1259699 II 1965
1871000 1966
1994956 III 1966
2163900 1967
2426800 1968
2689700 1969
2952600 1970
3215500 1971
3478400 1972
3741300 1973
4004200 1974
4267100 1975
4538000 1976
5008000 1977
5482000 1978
5958000 1979
6434000 1980
6910000 1981
7386000 1982
7862000 1983
8338000 1984
8614000 1985
9290000 1986
9766000 1987
9999999 1987
R00000 1987
R99999 1988
L000000 1988
L999999 1990
E000000 1990
E999999 1991
X000001 1991
N000001 Nov 1991
C000001 1992
S000001 1993
W000001 1994/5
T000001 1996
U000001 August 1997
A000001 November/December 1998
Please note that Rolex are now using the prefixes W T U and A randomly assigning numbers; therefore the exact date of production can only be ascertained by access to the records kept at Rolex, Geneva.

Copyright 1996/1999 James M. Dowling & Jeffrey P. Hess, from The Best of Times Rolex Wristwatches, published by Schiffer Publishing Limited