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BELOW: A close-up view of the same watch, you can clearly see the Serial Number "F982176", engraved into the case at the 6 o'clock position, with "ROLEX" engraved repetitiously around the dial in a circular fashion.
In 1927, Rolex began issuing every Rolex Oyster case a unique serial number to distinguish them from one another.
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Also, you can find the production date according to the serial number with this simple tool. Please contact us if we can answer any questions regarding the age of your Rolex timepiece.
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Because each new Rolex design is typically evolutionary rather than revolutionary, distinguishing a late model Rolex from an older watch can be difficult. A Submariner purchased in 2000 is often virtually identical to the same reference purchased a few years later.
For Rolex watches manufactured up to 2010, determining the approximate production date is easy.
The serial number is sequential from 1926 through the middle of 1987 and the production year can be looked up in a reference table.