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    Rolex Serial Numbers

    I've been looking for a birth year Rolex from 1972, but there seem to be so many sites with Rolex serial numbers - many of which vary substantially.

    As a result, the watches I look at invariably show as coming from anywhere between 1971 and 1973, depending on the site referred to.

    Is there any particular site considered the definitive resource for Rolex serial numbers, as per the members of this forum?

    I'm currently looking at watches with serial numbers 334xxxx and 371xxxx and both watches are listed as being from 1972 by the sellers.

    Thanks in advance for any input you may have!

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    The only way to really be sure is to look at the stamp on the inside of the case-back. In 1972, they were still being stamped with the quarter and year. The serial numbers are approximate.
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    Thanks very much, Dan. One of the case-backs that I have seen does show IV-72, so that must mean the fourth quarter of 1972, which would be perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brett View Post
    Thanks very much, Dan. One of the case-backs that I have seen does show IV-72, so that must mean the fourth quarter of 1972, which would be perfect.
    That's correct, and you should always check the movement serial number for consistency, since case-backs can be swapped out. However, keep in mind that you are playing in a bit of a minefield, and the watch could have a movement made in 1971, cased in 1972, and sold in 1973. So even if you buy a watch with its original papers, there will be some ambiguity about the "year" associated with the watch. It's your call what criterion to use.
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    Thanks Dan. So the actual movement would have a serial number, then the case would have another serial number between the lugs, and finally there would be a date stamped on the case-back when the watch is actually cased? And obviously the movement could lay around for some time before actually being cased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brett View Post
    Thanks Dan. So the actual movement would have a serial number, then the case would have another serial number between the lugs, and finally there would be a date stamped on the case-back when the watch is actually cased? And obviously the movement could lay around for some time before actually being cased.
    Sorry, I misspoke, still a little sleep-deprived. Movement serial numbers are not generally used for dating with Rolex watches. The number between the lugs is the serial number on the tables you see. But those cases can sit around for a while. The case-back stamp represents when the watch left the factory, if I recall correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    Sorry, I misspoke, still a little sleep-deprived. Movement serial numbers are not generally used for dating with Rolex watches. The number between the lugs is the serial number on the tables you see. But those cases can sit around for a while. The case-back stamp represents when the watch left the factory, if I recall correctly.

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    You could be lucky and find a complete set with original bill of sale if you’re patient (and lucky!)
    Good luck


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    Re: Rolex Serial Numbers

    Not definitive, perhaps, but very reliable

    http://www.orologiepassioni.com/docu...ateseriali.pdf

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