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    Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    As I mentioned, I am no Rolex expert and sorry for, what would seem like a newbie question, but I have noticed a lot of for sale and other comments where the seller, for instance, makes a point of noting that it is a, "random serial number". What does this mean? Is that a selling point, does it increase the selling price? I know all of my watches have a "random serial number"!

    Just curious... thanx!
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    Re: Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    I think they scrambled the serial number to reduce the chance of pinpointing the production year of models so they can sit on shelves for longer and still be sold as "new". There were some threads on this on the forum via search function but the attached explains it better.

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    Re: Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    Yes, Rolex serial numbers used to be sequential, so you could date a watch by the first few digits of the serial number. See this website, for example,

    https://www.minus4plus6.com/numbers.htm
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    Re: Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    Interesting. I often wondered the same thing.

    Will Rolex tell you when your watch was made if you provide them with the serial?
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    Re: Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    Correct, they want to prevent you from pinpointing the year of manufacture but it's just to stop the customer from figuring out when the watch was made, I personally don't see any other reason they do it this way. I think this started around 2009
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    Re: Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    forgive me but on a slight tangent -and never personally having purchased a watch from an AD -when a watch has been on display , behind window glass etc for maybe a year or two or more -on purchase would that watch be serviced prior to collection or delivery -never seen any examples of new watch 'unboxing ' threads coming with a service report

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    Re: Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    [QUOTE=shameless;18215746]forgive me but on a slight tangent -and never personally having purchased a watch from an AD -when a watch has been on display , behind window glass etc for maybe a year or two or more -on purchase would that watch be serviced prior to collection or delivery -never seen any examples of new watch 'unboxing ' threads coming with a service report[/QUOTE]

    I've never heard of a service being done.
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    Re: Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    I thought the term in question would be 'superlative,' which would have made for a more lively thread. I'm eager to see if folks figure out a way to bash the brand responding to a question like this about the serial #s, though.

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    Re: Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    Quote Originally Posted by aardvarkbark View Post
    I thought the term in question would be 'superlative,' which would have made for a more lively thread. I'm eager to see if folks figure out a way to bash the brand responding to a question like this about the serial #s, though.
    Everyone knows it's a response to Omega writing "lative" on all their dials. This simply allows Rolex to trump them.
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    Re: Not a Rolex Expert and Would Like to Know What This Term Means.

    [QUOTE=BigSeikoFan;18219962]
    Quote Originally Posted by shameless View Post
    forgive me but on a slight tangent -and never personally having purchased a watch from an AD -when a watch has been on display , behind window glass etc for maybe a year or two or more -on purchase would that watch be serviced prior to collection or delivery -never seen any examples of new watch 'unboxing ' threads coming with a service report[/QUOTE]

    I've never heard of a service being done.
    it seems to me the worst thing for a watch is for it to be dormant for a considerable time especially in a dry environment as many would be - - seems to me it would be the correct thing to do in many circumstances - maybe for a new watch to arrive with a service stamp on the card would not suit the buyer although i would much prefer that

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