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Again, I’d like to mention that this chart is only approximate but will help give you a roundabout year to a Rolex’s year of manufacture.
Kristen is a Rolex expert and enthusiast, with over six years of hands-on experience in the luxury watch industry.
The stamped case back date is usually close to the case date.
It should never be newer than the date of the serial number, but on occassions it could be up to a year or two older as Rolex would have casebacks produced in batches and use them up as needed.
This does mean that currently and going forward only Rolex will be able to tell you the date of production on any particular watch.
The public’s only clue is the date listed on the papers or card on the day it is purchased from an authorized dealer, but even then that is only the date sold new and not the date of manufacture. Rolex subsequently change the serial number system to what are called “Randoms”, or sometimes “Scrambled”.Still many people quote them and so wrongly date their watch.I have therefore compiled a more accurate Rolex serial number database below, for everyone to use, from utilising highly accurate and trusted data.People are often looking for a Rolex serial number or Rolex model number database to verify their Rolex serial numbers and to work out their Rolex year of manufacture.Unfortunately many of the online Rolex serial number databases are very inaccurate, out of date and have been copied inaccurately many times.