Attributing an accurate year of manufacture to a Vintage Rolex watch is not an exact science for a variety of reasons.
Collectors looking to date their Vintage Rolex watch precisely and unequivocally may be somewhat disappointed with the aforementioned ambiguity. However, it is possible to estimate the year of manufacture by polling several available sources to get a consensus of the approximate year of production.
Rolex Vintage Serial Numbers
The partial chart on the left is found in "Rolex Daytona, A Legend Is Born" by Carlo Pergola.
The partial chart on the left is found in "The Best of Time Rolex Wristwatches"
by James M. Dowling and Jeffrey P. Hess
Original papers such as a sales receipt or Chronometer Certificate can help narrow down the production year.
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