However, it is no quarantee as to when your watch was shipped from the factory.Furthermore, this list only applies to Rolex Oyster-cased watches, and should NOT be used for Tudor, or vintage non-Oyster Rolex watches.
Please note, during the 1990s and 2000s, it is estimated that Rolex produced around around 1 million watches per year.Coincidentally, the numbering sequence of any particular Letter from this system (e.g.We also publish The Rolex Report, a series of critically acclaimed reference books used by thousands of watch dealers, collectors and enthusiasts around the world.ABOVE: Around 2005, Rolex started engraving the Case's Serial Number into the inside edge of the case (at the 6 o'clock position, under the crystal and below the bezel), also known as the rehaut, as shown in these images, which were taken at BASELWORLD 2005, in Switzerland in early April.Please note, some examples (primarily from around 1959), did feature the Roman Numeral and a 4-digit year (i.e. The system started with the letter "R", whcih was then subsequently followed by L-E-X.
Thus spelling out the word "ROLEX" with the "O" being omitted, to help avert any possible confusion with the number "0".
Figuring 8 digits with a possible 36 characters (26 letters and 10 numbers) per digit, gives them over 2 Trillion (2,821,109,907,456 to be exact) possible serial numbers.
Even if they were to omit the letters "O" and "I", to help avert any possible confusion with the numbers "0" and "1" (as they did in the previous numbering system), that would still give them 1,785,793,904,896 possible combinations.
Therefore, letter prefixes could end at random times of the year, and did not start or stop at the beginning or end of a calendar year.
Then, later in 2010, they scrapped the entire system and implemented a brand new "Random" numbering system, in which each watch is issued a (unique) 8-digit "Random" number consisting of numbers and letters.
The numbers listed (particularly those preceding the letter prefix system) are a "middle number" for the given year. and this website are in no way associated with Rolex USA, nor any of its associated companies. Brozek does not now, nor has he EVER worked for the Rolex Watch Company or any of its subsidiaries.