Much like jewelry, the condition of a Rolex is much more important in value than the year it is thought to be manufactured, with exceptions of course.
They will be close, but it is quite impossible to know for sure with each individual 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”.
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.
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.Here you will find a 4-6 digit number that can indicate not just the model type but also the bezel type and material of your watch.Starting in 2008 Rolex began to phase out engraving the serial number on the case in favour of engraving only on the dial rehaut (inner bezel) at the 6 o’clock location and by 2010 this process was used on all Rolex watches produced.From 2010 onwards Rolex serial numbers changed again.This time to 8 digits consisting of randomly generated numbers and letters.Click here to read more about a Rolex’s condition versus its age in the FAQ section!