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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.
Note that in our chart below, it says “random” number indicate late 2010’s to present day. Rolex began to use randomized number IDs (8 digits and numbers) for each watch, making it impossible to assume an approximate age for the item like it is possible with the serial numbers of older and vintage watches.
The newer models feature this “random” serial number on the “rehaut” or “flange” area at the 6 o’clock mark (the metal “wall” under the crystal and above the face). The model numbers are still between the lugs at the 12 o’clock mark.
A photo from Bobswatches.com
You can also watch this video about finding the Rolex Serial Number and Model Number.
Do I need to know my Rolex serial number to sell my Rolex?
Knowing the Serial Number of your Rolex is important for many reasons.
Insurance companies may request the serial number if you try to insure your watch, it’s the only way to distinguish your watch from many others.
If your watch is lost or stolen, the police department will require your serial number for the police report, otherwise they cannot return the watch to you.
If you don’t have any paperwork and aren’t sure what year or model your watch is, knowing the serial number can help a potential buyer authenticate the item, and get your more money in the end!
If you don’t have any information and you’re looking to sell, go to a trusted expert!
How do I sell my Rolex?
First of all, gather any accessories you might have, any certificates, paperwork, booklets, boxes, receipts you might have. Every little bit counts.
You can also google your watch to find a similar model online and that way you can tell a buyer which make and model you have.
If you’re not sure of the authenticity, you can always go to a certified Rolex dealer or repair shop and ask for their opinion. If you’d like to get a little more value on your sale, you can have the item repaired or serviced by taking it to a certified Rolex establishment. Certified Rolex Dealers and repair shops will not work on your watch if it’s counterfeit.
Or you can just ask the experts!
How do I ensure I’m buying an authentic Used Rolex? Where can I buy authentic second hand Rolex watches?
Only buy secondhand from a jeweler you trust!
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Why do some companies online blur out the serial numbers on watches?
In many photos of paperwork or even of between the lugs on a used Rolex, companies will blur out, hide or cover, or etch out the middle few numbers in the photo.
This is an unspoken rule among watch sellers – blocking the entire serial number keeps illegal replica watches from being made with real serial numbers. There are many Rolex replicas being made and the less information available to the counterfeit makers, the safer the second hand market is for consumers.
Rolex serial numbers by year of manufacture
|10000 to 300000||________________||1953 to|
|Random Numbers||________________||Late 2010 to present|