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Reference and serial numbers of Rolex watches
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The reference and serial numbers of a Rolex watch are stamped between the lugs on the case. Until in the 1960s many models had not only the year of production written on the inside of the case but also in which quarter of the year it was manufactured, for instance ‘IV 62’.

Jaar Nr. Jaar Nr. Jaar Nr.
1927 20190 1956 139400 1985 8624000
1928 23969 1957 216821 1986 9290000
1929 28290 1958 353343 1987 9863279
1930 29312 1959 399000 1987 / 1988 R
1931 1960 511687 1988 / 1989 L
1932 29312 1961 646900 1989 / 1990 L
1933 29933 1962 763663 1990 / 1991 E
1934 30823 1963 950000 1991 / 1992 X/N (va nov.)
1935 34336 1964 997436 1992 / 1993 C
1936 36856 1965 1193000 1993 / 1994 S
1937 40920 1966 1289727 1994 / 1995 W
1938 43793 1967 1554000 1995 / 1996 W
1939 71224 1968 1720977 1996 / 1997 T
1940 99775 1969 2060000 1997 / 1998 U (va aug.)
1941 106047 1970 2504211 1998 / 1999 A (va nov.)
1942 143509 1971 2728000 1999 / 2000 A
1943 230878 1972 3050000 2000 / 2001 P (va jan.)
1944 269561 1973 3523678 2001 / 2002 K (va sept.)
1945 302459 1974 3761535 2002 / 2003 Y (va sept.)
1946 367946 1975 3886050 2003 / 2004 F (va sept.)
1947 529163 1976 4155863 2004 / 2005 F
1948 628840 1977 5008000 2005 / 2006 D (va apr.)
1949 1978 5238376 2006 / 2007 Z (va mei)
1950 1979 5952834 2007 / 2008 M (va aug.)
1951 709249 1980 6434000 2008 / 2009 V
1952 726639 1981 6594000
1953 793930 1982 7129351
1954 976195 1983 7862000
1955 30634 1984 8338000

In the year 1954, after having passed the million, Rolex turned back the numbers en from 1987, after 10 million, they started using A, B, C etc in combination with the serial numbers.

Codes of the locks on the bracelets:

1976 A* 1988 M* 2000 AB
1977 B 1989 N* 2001 DE
1978 C* 1990 O 2002 DT
1979 D 1991 P 2003 AD
1980 E 1992 Q* 2004 CL
1981 F 1993 R 2005 MA
1982 G 1994 S 2006 OP
1983 H* 1995 T of W 2007 EO
1984 I* 1996 V
1985 J* 1997 Z
1986 K* 1998 Z of W
1987 L* 1999 X

Rolex Landcodes:

10=Switzerland; 012=Switzerland; 013=Switzerland; 014=Switzerland; 015=Switzerland; 017=Switzerland; 021=Switzerland; 022=Switzerland; 023=Switzerland; 024=Switzerland; 025=Switzerland; 026=Switzerland; 028=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; 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; 170=Italy; 181=Italy; 200=Greece; 204=Italy; 201=Malta; 202=Turkey; 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; 237=Iceland; 241=Norway; 242=Norway; 246=Sweden; 265=Sweden; 267=Sweden; 268=Sweden; 270=Sweden; 271=Sweden; 273=Sweden; 283=Finnland; 284=Norway; 286=Finnland; 291=Finnland; 298=Finnland; 311=Poland; 312=Poland; 317=Bulgaria; 318=Slovakia; 320=Czech Republic; 321=Czech Republic; 322=Hungary; 323=Slovenia; 325=Serbia Montenegro; 330=Russia; 381=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=Kathmandu; 514=Bangladesh; 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; 573=India; 605=Tunisia; 612=Egypt; 634=Congo; 668=Kenya; 680=South Afrika; 700=Canada; 710=USA; 720=Mexico; 722=Mexico; 733=Honduras; 737=Costa Rica; 741=Bahamas; 742=Bermuda; 752=Jamaica; 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; 810=Australia/New Zealand; 818=Philippines; 828=Taiwan; 838=China; 842=New Zealand; 871=Hawaii; 872=Alaska; 874=Hong Kong; 873=Guam; 888=Hong Kong; 900=Japan; 902=AAFES, Germany; 906=Natex Retail, German NATO Airbase; 907=Rheindalen, German NATO Headquarter;

Jaap Bakker

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