Rolex model numbers, how to read them ?

Rolex engraves or assigns a 4-6 digit model number to every watch type it produces. This number can be found engraved between the lugs on the side of the case above 12 o’clock. The model number can indicate the model type, bezel, and material of your watch. For example, the reference number 16234 can be broken out into three section, which is 162 | 3 | 4. The first, 162, indicates that this watch is a Datejust. The second, 3, indicates that the bezel is fluted. The third, 4, indicates that the watch material is Stainless w/ 18k White Gold.

ROLEX TYPE
Submariner (no date) 55 & 140
Submariner 16, 166 & 168
Sea Dweller 16 & 166
GMT Master 16, 65, 167
GMT Master II 167, 1167
Day-Date (President) 65, 66, 18, 180, 182 & 183
Datejust 16 & 162
Daytona Manual Wind 62
Daytona Cosmograph 165, 1165
Explorer II 165
Oyster Perpetual 10, 140, 142
Airking 55 & 140
Date 15 & 150
OysterquartzDatejust 170
Oysterquartz Day-Date 190
Yachtmaster 166, 686 & 696
Midsize Oyster Perp DJ 68, 682
Ladies Oyster Perpetual 67, 671, 672
Ladies Date 65, 69, 691 & 692
Ladies Datejust 65, 69, 691 & 692
BEZEL
Polished 0
Engine Turned 1
Engine Turned 2
Fluted 3
Hand-Crafted 4
Pyramid 5
Rotating Bezel 6
MATERIAL
Stainless 0
Yellow Gold Filled 1
White Gold Filled 2
Stainless & Yellow Gold 3
Stainless w/ 18k White Gold 4
Gold Shell 5
Platinum 6
14k Yellow Gold 7
18k Yellow Gold 8

 

Rolex serial numbers with production year/dates

 

YEAR
(Year of Production)
SERIAL NUMBER
(Serial number of your Rolex)
2018 Random
2017 Random
2016 Random
2015 Random
2014 Random
2013 Random
2012 Random
2011 Random
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001

 

Rolex clasp codes

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
O        1990
P         1991
Q        1992
R         1993
S         1994
T – 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

Random (3-digit)       2011 – Till present day

The number behind the letter(s) seems to be the month when the clasp was produced.

So CL2 would be February 2004

If there is an “S” in front of the code then your clasp was changed during a service.

Rolex models name and watch reference

Air-King
4365, 4925, 5500, 5501, 5506, 5520, 6500, 6552, 7784, 14000,14000M, 14010, 14010M, 114200, 114210, 114234, 116900

Air-King-Date
5700, 5701

Bubble Back
1858, 2704, 2725, 2760, 2764, 2768, 2940, 3042, 3064, 3065, 3130,3131, 3133, 3134, 3135, 3159, 3353, 3372, 3458, 3496, 3536, 3548,3595, 3599, 3696, 3716, 3772, 3794, 4362, 4392, 4467, 4643, 4777,4846, 4857, 4984, 4961, 5006, 5009, 5010, 5011, 5015, 5018, 5028,5029, 5050, 5054, 5055, 5084, 5284, 6011, 6015, 6022, 6029, 6050,6075, 6084, 6085, 6092, 6098, 6102, 6105, 6106, 6108, 6206, 6298,6334, 6352

Datejust
1600, 1601, 1603, 1607, 1625, 1630, 6305, 6518, 6604, 6605, 6827,16013, 16014, 16018, 16030, 16078, 16200, 16203, 16220, 16233,16234, 16238, 16248, 16263, 16364, 116135, 116138, 116139,116185, 116188, 116189, 116199, 116200, 116201, 116203, 116208,116231, 116233, 116234, 116238, 116243, 116244, 116261, 116263,116264, 116285, 126203, 126231, 126233, 128281, 126283

Datejust 39 mm Pearlmaster
86285, 86289, 86348, 86349, 86405, 86409,

Datejust II
116300, 116333, 116334

Datejust 41
126300, 126301, 126303, 126331, 126333, 126334

Datejust Medium
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, 81159,81208, 81209, 81285, 81298, 81299, 81308, 81318, 81319, 81338,81339, 81348, 81349, 178158, 178159, 178238, 178239, 178240,178241, 178243, 178245, 178246, 178248, 178269, 178271, 178274,178275, 178278, 178279, 178286, 178288, 178313, 178341, 178343,178344, 178383, 178384, 278245, 278285, 278288, 278289

Day Date
1802, 1803, 1804, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812, 1813,1814, 1815, 1831, 6511, 6611, 18026, 18028, 18029, 18038, 18039,18046,18049, 18078, 18079, 18206, 18208, 18238, 18239, 18248,18249, 18296, 18308, 18338, 18346, 18348, 18349, 18366, 18368,18378, 18388, 18389, 18946, 18948, 18956, 18958, 118135, 118138,118139, 118205, 118206, 118208, 118209, 118235, 118238, 118239,118296, 118338, 118339, 118346, 118348, 118366, 118388, 118389,118395, 118398, 118399

Day Date II
218206, 218235, 218238, 218239, 218345, 218348, 218349, 216396,218398, 218399

Day Date 40 mm
228206, 228235, 228238, 228239, 228348, 228349, 228396, 228398

Daytona
6239, 6240, 6241, 6239, 62,40, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264, 6265, 6240,6241, 16518, 16519, 16520, 16523, 16528, 16568, 116500, 116503,116505, 116506, 116509, 116515, 116518, 116519, 116520, 116523,116528, 116568, 116576, 116589, 116595, 116598, 116599

Explorer
1016, 1038, 5500, 5501, 5504, 6098, 6150, 6298, 6305, 6350, 6610,14270, 114270, 214270

Explorer II
1655, 16550, 16570, 216570

GMT-Master
1675, 6542, 16700, 16713, 16750, 16753, 16758

GMT-Master II
16710, 16713, 16718, 16760, 116710, 116713, 116718, 1167119, 116758,116759, 126710, 126711, 126715

Milgauss
1019, 6541, 116400

Oyster Perpetual
1002, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007, 1008, 1010, 1014, 1018, 1023, 1024,1025, 1030, 1038, 1500, 1501, 1565, 5500, 6085, 6103, 6177, 6202,6284, 6518, 6532, 6546, 6548, 6549, 6551, 6552, 6556, 6564, 6565,6567, 6569, 6580, 6582, 6584, 6590, 6605, 6623, 6634, 65718, 14203,14203M, 14208, 14208M, 14233, 14238, 114300, 116000, 116034,177200,177210, 177234

Oyster Perpetual Date
1500, 1501, 1503, 1505, 1530, 1550, 1560, 1603, 1625, 5075, 6075,6335, 6518, 6534, 6605, 6627, 15000, 15010, 15037, 15038, 15053,15200, 15203, 15210, 15223, 15238, 15505, 115200, 115210, 115234

Oyster Perpetual Lady
6718, 6719, 6723, 6724, 67180, 67183, 67188, 67193, 67194, 67197,67198, 67230, 67233, 67243, 76030, 76080, 76094, 76180, 76183,76188, 76193, 76198, 76243, 77518, 176200, 176210, 176234

Oyster Perpetual Lady Date
6516, 6517, 6519, 6916, 6917, 6919, 69160, 69163, 69173,69190, 69240, 79160, 79190, 79240

Oyster Perpetual Lady Datejust
6916, 6917, 6927, 69068, 69069, 69078, 69079, 69088, 69089,69126, 69128, 69136, 69138, 69139, 69158, 69159, 69163, 69166,69168, 69173, 69174, 69178, 69179, 68188, 69198, 69238, 69258,69268, 69278, 69279, 69288, 69298, 69299, 69308, 69318, 69359,79068, 79078, 79079, 79088, 79089, 79126, 79136, 79138, 79158,79159, 79163, 79166, 79168, 79173, 79174, 79178, 79179, 79238,79288, 80285, 80298, 80299, 80309, 80315, 80318,80319, 80328,80329, 80359, 179136, 179138, 179158, 179159, 179160, 179161,179165, 179166, 179168, 179171, 179173, 179175, 179178, 179179,179239, 179298, 179313, 179368, 179459, 279135, 279136, 279138,279160, 279161, 279163, 279165, 279166, 279171, 279173, 279174,279175, 279178, 279381, 279383, 279384

Oysterquartz Datejust
17000, 17013, 17014

Oysterquartz Day-Date
19018, 19019, 19028, 19048, 19049, 19149

Sea-Dweller/Deepsea
1665, 16600, 16660, 116600, 116660, 126600, 126660

Submariner
5508, 5512, 5513, 5514, 5517, 6200, 6204, 6205, 6536, 6538, 6538A,14060, 14060M, 114060

Submariner Date
1680, 16800, 168000, 16610, 16610LV, 16613, 16618, 16803, 16808,116610, 116613, 116618, 116619

Turn-O-Graph
1625, 6202, 6309, 6609, 16250, 16253, 16268, 16263, 16264, 116261,116263, 116264

Yacht Master
16622, 16623, 16628, 68623, 68628, 69623, 69628, 168622, 168623,168628, 169622, 169623, 169628, 116621, 116622, 116655, 268622,268655

Yacht Master II
116680, 116681, 116688, 116689

Sky-Dweller
326135, 326138, 326139, 326933, 326934, 326935, 326938, 326939,

Rolex USA guarantee code (printed on the front)

Only Rolex watches sold in the USA could have some special codes printed on the warranty paper. What do these codes mean? What are they for?On the front of a Rolex USA guarantee you can find an “Style no.”  alphanumeric code made of 14 (or 9) digits.

Code: R16520A50B7839, what does it mean?

This code identifies:
1.Brand
2.Reference
3.Material used for the case
4.Colour and type of dial
5.Type of bracelet/strap etc.
6.Bracelet/strap reference

Code Explanation
R Rolex
16520 Reference number of Daytona (Zenith Calibre)
A Stainless steeel
50 White dial
B Bracelet
7839 Bracelet ref. 78390

Let’s try to understand the rule:

(L) NNNNN(N) X NX (L XXNN)
Brand
CODE EXPLANATION
(L)

One letter:

R = Rolex
T = Tudor

This letter is missing when the Model reference is 6 digits long.

Model reference
CODE EXPLANATION
NNNNN(N) Reference code of the watch: five or six numbers, e.g. 16528, 116520 etc.
Material used for the case
CODE EXPLANATION
X

One letter or number:

A = Stainless steel (from French acier)
3 = Gold and steel
4 = Stainless steel and white gold
8 = Yellow gold
9 = White gold
Etc.

Colour and type of the dial
CODE EXPLANATION
NX

Two numbers or one number and one letter:

0U = Black Mother of Pearl with diamonds
0W = Black Mother of Pearl Roman
10 = Silver
18 = Silver Tapestry
20 = Champagne
28 = Champagne Patestry
30 = Black
3H = Onyx Arabic with 2 diamonds
50 = White
51 = White Roman
52 = Ivory Pyramide Roman
57 = White Arabic
83 = Rose Roman
8X = Onyx Serti
9K = White Mother Pearl Arabic
9R = Mother Pearl Roman
etc.

Type of bracelet/strap
CODE EXPLANATION
(L)

One letter:

B = Bracelet
S = Strap

When the bracelet is integrated (like Oysterquartz) this code is missing.

Bracelet/strap reference
CODE EXPLANATION
(XXNN) Four numbers or two letters and two numbers, is the reference code without the last digit, e.g.:
7839 = 78390
7876 = 78760
9315 = 93150
etc.When the bracelet is integrated (like Oysterquartz) this code is missing.

 

Rolex USA guarantee code (printed on the back)

Rolex paper guarantee from USA with “C OWCE” printed on the back

The code identifies the date when the watch was shipped from Rolex USA to the dealer. How to translate it? Use this table:

Letter Translation
R 1
O 2
L 3
E 4
X 5
W 6
A 7
T 8
C 9
H 0

Let’s try with “C OWCE” printed on the guarantee above. It means “9 2694” that is “September 26 ’94”. Simple as that, right?

Here is another example: “A ROTC” means: “7 1289” that is “July 12 ’89”.

Rolex country codes

Since the mid 80s there is among others a 3-digit code on the certificate. This code shows to which authorized dealer and therefore in which country the watch was initialy sold in.

Exception: USA watches.

010 – Switzerland

012 – Switzerland

013 – Switzerland

014 – Switzerland

015 – Switzerland

017 – Switzerland

021 – Switzerland

022 – Switzerland

023 – Switzerland

024 – Switzerland

025 – Switzerland

026 – Switzerland

027 – Switzerland

028 – Switzerland

031 – Switzerland

032 – Switzerland

033 – Switzerland

036 – Liechtenstein

037 – Switzerland

039 – Switzerland

044 – Switzerland

045 – Switzerland

061 – Switzerland

062 – Switzerland

100 – Germany

110 – France

112 – France

113 – France

114 – France

119 – France (COMEX)

120 – Austria

121 – Austria

122 – Austria

123 – Austria

124 – Austria

125 – Austria

126 – Austria

127 – Austria

128 – Austria

130 – Belgium/Luxemburg

133 – Netherlands

134 – Netherlands

135 – Netherlands

136 – Netherlands

137 – Netherlands

138 – Netherlands

150 – Spain

160 – Great Britain/Ireland

170 – Italy

181 – Italy

185 – Italy

189 – Italy

200 – Greece

201 – Malta

202 – Turkey

204 – Italy

205 – Cyprus

207 – Corfu

208 – Greece

210 – Portugal

212 – Portugal

213 – Portugal

215 – Portugal

216 – Portugal

217 – Portugal

218 – Portugal

226 – Denmark

228 – Denmark

231 – Denmark

233 – Denmark

235 – Denmark

236 – Finland

237 – Iceland

241 – Norway

242 – Norway

243 – Norway

246 – Norway

253 – Norway

262 – Sweden

265 – Sweden

267 – Sweden

268 – Sweden

270 – Sweden

271 – Sweden

272 – Sweden

273 – Sweden

283 – Finland

284 – Norway

286 – Finland

291 – Finland

296 – Finland

298 – Finland

301 – Hungary

311 – Poland

312 – Poland

317 – Bulgaria

318 – Slovakia

320 – Czech Republic

321 – Czech Republic

322 – Hungary

323 – Slovenia

325 – Serbia Montenegro

330 – Russia

337 – Azerbaijan

381 – Turkey

385 – Turkey

400 – Hong Kong

402 – Guam

408 – Seoul

410 – Japan

413 – Korea

430 – Singapore/Brunai/Indonesia

431 – Malaysia/Thailand

440 – Taiwan

500 – India

501 – India

507 – India

505 – Pakistan

513 – Nepal

514 – Bangladesh

516 – Nepal

522 – Lebanon

526 – Bahrain

527 – Middle East

529 – Saudi Arabia

531 – Saudi Arabia

532 – Saudi Arabia

533 – Kuwait

535 – Katar

536 – Abu Dhabi

537 – Dubai

538 – Oman

539 – Oman

542 – Iran

548 – Israel

551 – Yemen

565 – India

573 – India

578 – India

579 – India

581 – Pakistan

595 – India

601 – Morocco

602 – Morocco

605 – Tunisia

608 – Tunisia

612 – Egypt

634 – Congo

655 – Mauritius

668 – Kenya

680 – South Afrika

700 – Canada

710 – USA

720 – Mexico

722 – Mexico

733 – Honduras

737 – Costa Rica

741 – Bahamas

742 – Bermuda

752 – Jamaica

754 – Cuba

756 – Dominican Republic

757 – Caribbean Islands

758 – Virgin Islands

759 – Turks Islands

760 – Barbados

761 – Netherlands Antilles/Aruba

762 – Aruba

764 – Guadeloupe

765 – Antigua

766 – Saint Martin

767 – Cayman Islands

768 – Panama

770 – Venezuela

780 – Brazil

781 – Chile

786 – Bolivia

790 – Argentina

801 – China

802 – China

803 – China

810 – Australia/New Zealand

818 – Philippines

828 – Taiwan

838 – China

842 – New Zealand

871 – Hawaii

872 – DFS Group Hong Kong

873 – Guam

874 – Hong Kong

875 – Venezuela

879 – Cambodia

888 – Hong Kong

900 – Japan

902 – AAFES, Germany

905 – AFSOUTH, Italy

906 – Natex Retail, German NATO Airbase

907 – Rheindalen, German NATO Headquarterf