How Do I Check a Rolex’s Serial Number?

Looking to purchase or sell a Rolex Watch?  Being able to identify its serial number will be vital to determining Rolex prices in Singapore.

To combat counterfeit watches circulating the market, Rolex has labeled each of their creations with a unique serial number. Avoid buying knockoffs by learning where your Rolex’s serial and model number  are located.

Here’s how you can check the serial number of your Rolex.

What are Model Numbers

Model numbers or reference numbers are used to determine the timepieces model type, bezel and even the material used for the watch. These numbers are shared between watches in the same collection.

By identifying the model number you can have a better approximation of its market value.

An example would be how a Rolex model number beginning with Z which is produced in 2006 will be worth more than a Rolex that begins with a P which is made in the year 2000. This is due to the fact that watches degrade in value as newer models are produced.

Establishing what the model number is will also make it easier to pinpoint the serial numbers location. The reason being that the serial number’s location changes based on the release date.

Where is the Model Number

This number can be found engraved between the lugs on the side of the case above 12 o’clock. For those unfamiliar with the technical term, the lug is the point where the strap/bracelet connects to the main watch.

To remove the bracelet, you will require a small screwdriver or tack in order to remove the small screws. 

How to spot fake Rolex 

Counterfeit watches often lack these distinguishing numbers or have versions of them that do not match the design. Those that have been forged will also have engravings that were made using acid making them much shallower and less distinct than the original.

What is a Serial Number?

The Serial number is a 4-8 digit number on every Rolex which determines its production date.  Starting from 2005, Rolex began to engrave serial numbers within the inside flange (or “rehaut” as it’s called in French) between the dial and the crystal. In 2008 however, the company started to exclusively engrave said numbers on the rehaut.

Where Is The Serial Number

Though the location of the serial number  varied over the years,  here is a rough location guide based on the release date of the watch.

  • Before 2005 – engraved on the exterior, between lugs on the 6 o’clock side
  • 2005 to 2008 – engraved between lugs and on the rehaut (both 6 o’clock side)
  • 2008 onwards – etched on the rehaut only (6 o’clock side)

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