However, when viewed under a loupe, the faint outline can be distinguished, as seen in the examples above. Rolex, , is under no obligation to warranty-service watches sold by Bob's Watches. Having a resource to clarify this information can mean the difference between making a wise investment in a quality timepiece, and overpaying for something that was misrepresented. You will require a small screwdriver or tack to carefully remove the bracelet. I was looking for a Rolex Submariner, current model and found one on the Sweeping Hand website. As a result, our expertise can help you determine the highest value of your pre-loved Rolex watch.
Which, can be a little bit daunting and inconvenient because there is a high chance that the disassembling process may leave the watch battered and damaged. Above: A close-up view of the etching on a genuine Rolex Explorer. Rolex Serial Numbers By Year The Rolex Factory may not offer an official Rolex value database list that features production dates, however the chart below includes all serial numbers obtained by Rolex authorities over time. White dial with Roman markers featuring a day indicator at 12:00 and date at 3:00, hence the name Day-Date. Its purpose is to magnify the tiny aperture and does so at 2. The reason for this is because not all dealers are honest on their description.
Another serial numbering pattern was introduced and this included the letters W, T, U, A, P K. Aftermarket additions void the warranty of new and used Rolex watches sold by Rolex S. Other people, however, mean that the reason why Rolex introduced these random serial numbers was to give less power to secondhand Rolex dealers as having the watch alone would make it impossible to determine the production year of the watch. From mid-1987 through the fall of 2009, the serial number contains an easy-to-understand date code. Or that time when the much-respected American President Eisenhower addressed the nation wearing it on his wrist.
How can I tell what year my Rolex was produced? Remember, BeckerTime is one of the most trusted online distributors of pre-owned Rolex watches. Others letters like Y, F, D, Z M, V and G was also added in the 21st century. Please not that this chart only lists the Rolex serial numbers up to the year 2010 because after that point, as I have said earlier, the Rolex watchmakers adopted a randomized unique numbering system for their watches that made the practice of recording Rolex serial number dates an obsolete process that renders virtually no use. This time to 8 digits consisting of randomly generated numbers and letters. Although it is recommended to us that you get a Rolex from a well-reputed and safe source only, it is not always really possible.
Through its long and storied history, Rolex has accomplished many horological feats, such as introducing the first waterproof watch. Genuine Rolex models are shipped new from the factory with a Hologram-encoded 3-dimensional sticker on the caseback. This can be easily identified when viewed side-by-side as shown in the example above. And, as with all the components of the watch, aesthetic controls by the human eye guarantee impeccable beauty. I've been offered several times original Rolex watches and I know a real Rolex when I see one! At that time, the Reference number was also changed from gold lettering to black, as it is currently.
A Tudor work in progress Serial Number List is included at the bottom of this page. If you have a Rolex to sell then please complete the enquiry form on this page or get in touch directly through the page, we will be happy to help. Therefore, the markings they have on them, even if they are few and minimal would be the symbol of utmost perfection. This easily allows you to determine the approximate production date of your Rolex for watches manufactured up to 2010. The hologram can be easily identified by viewing it from different angles, thus causing the background pattern to change.
Good enough, this can be cross-referenced with your certificate which should come with the watch. In 1994, Rolex started yet another sequence with the letters: W, T and U, then A, P, and K in subsequent years, followed by Y, F, D, Z, M, V and then G in 2010. Paradoxically, it is also soft, elastic and highly malleable, which makes machining and polishing especially difficult, demanding an extremely high degree of skill. They will be 8 digits, opposed to 7 in the past. When I received the watch it was exactly as Jason described — in as new condition. The main reason why Rolex introduced this change in serial numbers is to make it more difficult for fake manufacturers since it is difficult to laser engrave with the same perfection that Rolex has. Left: Genuine Rolex hologram-encoded 3-dimensional sticker.
Nearly every other Rolex watches ever produced comes with a solid steel back case that is obviously not see through in no way. The only main flaw this design choice had is that if the user wanted to know the serial number or model name then he or she were forced to disassemble the watch band completely in order to just see them. If the one in your possession is a traditional Rolex, then locating the locating the serial number on it can be a bit hard. Understanding Rolex reference numbers is important if you want to make an informed purchase. As with the serial number, the bracelet must be detached from the 12 o' clock side of the case. Rolex watches are one of the most revered luxury items on the planet so naturally, there is also a pretty good market for their cheap knockoffs. Below is an easy to use chart listed the corresponding year and serial numbers.