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Model Number Reference Chart

Model Number Reference Chart

This section is particularly important for those who wish to establish the authenticity of a Rolex watch before making their final purchase decision. As the counterfeit Rolex watch industry is growing rapidly, many Rolex enthusiasts are worried about the genuineness of the watch they purchase. However, an individual can distinguish a genuine Rolex from a counterfeit without much difficulty and with the proper guidance. Model Reference Number or Case Reference Number can help identify an authentic Rolex watch as most replicas of these watches either do not carry any reference number or, if they do, in most cases have an incorrect reference number.

The Case/Model Reference Number of a genuine Rolex watch is located between the lugs at the 12 o'clock position and is printed on the certificate issued by Rolex to all individual watches that are offered for sale. The inside of the case back is also engraved with the Model or Case Reference Number. However, in the case of Oysterquartz models, the Case Reference Number is located on the back side of the case lugs.

The early Rolex models bear a 4-digit reference number, while the watches produced between the mid 1980s and 2000 carry a 5-digit reference number. All currently produced watches since 2000 are engraved with a 6-digit reference number. The difference between the 5-digit and 6-digit Case Reference Numbers is that the latter, so far, consists of an extra "1" before the previous 5-digit number.

The table below carries the Model Reference Number (not a comprehensive list) for most popular Rolex models:

Watch Type Case Reference Number or Model Reference Number
Air-King 1002, 1400, 1401, 4365, 4925, 5502, 5520, 6500, 6552, 7784, 14000, 14000M, 14010, 14010M
Air-King (Date) 5700, 5701
Bubbleback 1852, 1858, 1873, 2240, 2490, 2764, 2765, 2784, 2945, 3009, 3019, 3065, 3130, 3131, 3132, 3133,
3134, 3135, 3347, 3348, 3353, 3358, 3372, 3458, 3548, 3549, 3595, 3598, 3599, 3696, 3725, 3767,
3795, 3796, 3801, 3940, 3951, 4392, 4777, 4919, 4939, 4961, 5001, 5002, 5003, 5006, 5007, 5009,
5010, 5011, 5013, 5015, 5026, 5028, 5045, 5048, 5050, 5051, 5052, 5055, 5087, 5105, 5173, 5488,
6006, 6007, 6011, 6015, 6016, 6048, 6052, 6064, 6065, 6076, 6087, 6106, 6428, 8050, 8052
Big Bubbleback 4467, 6031, 6074, 6075
Chronograph 1074, 1223, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2057, 2226, 2303, 2507, 2508, 2705, 2737, 2811, 2917, 2918, 2920,
3036, 3055, 3082, 3085, 3181, 3233, 3330, 3333, 3335, 3346, 3462, 3481, 3484, 3525, 3529, 3635,
3642, 3668, 3695, 3735, 3827, 3834, 3835, 3997, 4048, 4062, 4099, 4100, 4113, 4311, 4313, 4332,
4352, 4500, 4537, 4767, 4768, 5034, 5036, 6032, 6034, 6036, 6232, 6234, 6236, 6238, 6270, 7131,
7132, 7159, 7169, 8180, 8206, 9162
Chronograph “Moon Phase” 6062, 8171, 8237
Cosmograph “Daytona” 1650, 1651, 1652, 1656, 1658, 1659, 6239, 6240, 6241, 6239, 6240, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264, 6265,
6240, 6241, 16518, 16519, 16520, 16523, 16528, 116509, 116518, 116519, 116520, 116523, 116528,
116589, 116598, 116599
Day Date (President) 1800, 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1816,
1817, 1820, 1823, 1824, 1829, 1830, 1831, 1833, 1834, 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839, 6511, 6611, 6612,
6613, 18000, 18026, 18028, 18029, 18038, 18039, 18046, 18048, 18049, 18078, 18079, 18178, 18206,
18206B, 18208, 18238, 18239, 18248, 18249, 18308, 18346, 18348, 18349, 18368, 18369, 18388,
18389, 18946, 18948, 18956, 18958, 118205, 118206, 118208, 118209, 118235, 118238, 118239,
118296, 118338, 118339, 118346, 118348, 118366, 118398, 118399
Explorer 1016, 1427, 5506, 6098, 6150, 6298, 6299, 6350, 6610, 8044, 8045, 14270, 114270
Explorer Air-King 5500, 5501, 5504, 5701
Explorer II 1655, 1657, 16550, 16570
GMT Master 1670, 1675, 6542, 16700, 16750, 16753, 16758
GMT Master II 1671, 1676, 16710, 16713, 16718, 16760,
Master Day Date 1894, 1895
Milgauss 1019, 6541
Oyster “Manual-Wind” 1069, 1070, 1147, 1237, 1387, 1573, 1880, 1921, 1925, 1936, 2005, 2081, 2136, 2280, 2318, 2319,
2331, 2416, 2420, 2496, 2518, 2574, 2593, 2595, 2701, 2849, 2891, 2942, 2949, 2984, 3059, 3078,
3096, 3116, 3121, 3136, 3139, 3140, 3270, 3351, 3359, 3492, 3511, 3540, 3640, 3646, 3765, 3868,
3882, 3978, 4052, 4068, 4070, 4119, 4125, 4127, 4181, 4219, 4220, 4222, 4271, 4330, 4361, 4365,
4437, 4444, 4448, 4461, 4476, 4483, 4499, 4547, 4556, 4626, 4647, 5000, 5004, 5020, 5025, 5056,
6020, 6021, 6022, 6044, 6066, 6144, 6244, 6246, 6266, 6363, 6418, 6420, 6421, 6422, 6423, 6424,
6425, 6426, 6427, 6429, 6430, 6431, 6432, 6444, 6466, 6480, 6494, 6664, 6694, 7535A, 8011, 8012,
8015, 8023, 8027, 8389, 9659
Oyster Perpetual (Time Only) 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007, 1008, 1009, 1010, 1011, 1012, 1013, 1014, 1022, 1023, 1024, 1025,
1026, 1027, 1028, 1029, 1030, 1031, 1035, 1036, 1038, 1039, 1420, 1423, 3172, 3202, 3272, 3323,
3352, 3370, 3483, 3490, 3495, 3496, 3497, 3505, 3536, 3538, 3593, 3594, 3596, 3597, 3627, 3639,
3645, 3685, 3686, 3708, 3724, 3772, 3778, 3785, 3869, 3885, 3886, 3887, 3888, 3926, 3938, 3967,
4013, 4021, 4024, 4025, 4027, 4055, 4130, 4134, 4163, 4164, 4165, 4166, 4167, 4168, 4171, 4172,
4185, 4186, 4187, 4190, 4203, 4214, 4242, 4255, 4302, 4306, 4337, 4350, 4362, 4408, 4436, 4449,
4480, 4486, 4487, 4528, 4534, 4672, 4686, 4804, 4846, 4857, 4937, 5023, 5065, 5080, 5552, 6018,
6023, 6050, 6082, 6084, 6085, 6088, 6092, 6099, 6100, 6101, 6102, 6103, 6107, 6119, 6284, 6285,
6286, 6290, 6301, 6303, 6332, 6334, 6502, 6503, 6504, 6507, 6508, 6509, 6532, 6539, 6540, 6543,
6544, 6545, 6546, 6548, 6549, 6551, 6552, 6553, 6554, 6558, 6559, 6560, 6564, 6565, 6566, 6567,
6569, 6580, 6583, 6584, 6585, 6586, 6587, 6590, 6592, 6594, 6598, 6599, 6614, 6618, 6619, 6621,
6623, 6634, 6706, 6707, 6710, 6711, 6712, 6713, 6715, 6717, 6718, 6719, 6720, 6721, 6723, 6724,
6744, 6745, 6747, 6748, 6749, 6751, 6753, 6754, 6757, 6771, 7575A, 7603, 7605, 7608, 7609, 7614,
7618, 7619, 7623, 7624, 7701, 7708, 7748, 7751, 7806, 7807, 7811, 9210, 9211, 9220, 9221, 14203,
14208, 14233, 14238, 67180, 67183, 67187, 67188, 67193, 67194, 67197, 67198, 67230, 67243,
67480, 67483, 67488, 67513, 67514, 67518
Oyster Perpetual (Date) 1102, 1500, 1501, 1502, 1503, 1503g, 1504, 1505, 1506, 1507, 1508, 1509, 1510, 1511, 1512, 1513,
1514, 1520, 1521, 1522, 1523, 1530, 1550, 6530, 6534, 6535, 6537, 1500, 1501, 1503, 1505, 1550,
1560, 1603, 1625, 5075, 6547, 6625, 6627, 6740, 6924, 6944, 7576A, 7600A, 7606, 7916, 7919, 7924,
7972, 15000, 15003, 15007, 15008, 15010, 15017, 15018, 15037, 15038, 15053, 15148, 15200, 15203,
15210, 15223, 15238, 15505, 69160A, 69190A, 69240
Oyster Perpetual Datejust 1600, 1601, 1602, 1603, 1604, 1605, 1607, 1610, 1611, 1620, 1622, 1623, 1624, 1626, 1630, 5030,
5031, 6104, 6105, 6155, 6251, 6516, 6517, 6602, 6604, 6605, 6624, 6627, 6800, 6815, 6823, 6824,
6825, 6826, 6827, 6828, 6829, 6830, 6831, 6832, 6833, 6835, 6839, 6900, 6901, 6902, 6903, 6905,
6906, 6907, 6908, 6909, 6910, 6911, 6912, 6913, 6914, 6915, 6916, 6917, 6918, 6919, 6923, 6925,
6926, 6927, 6928, 7815, 7823, 7824, 7825, 7826, 7827, 7828, 7906, 7907, 7908, 7912, 7913, 7915,
7916, 7917, 7918, 7919, 7923, 7924, 7925, 7926, 7927, 7928, 8030, 8031, 8032, 8035, 8065, 8066,
8067, 16000, 16003, 16008, 16009, 16013, 16014, 16018, 16019, 16030, 16058, 16078, 16200, 16203,
16220, 16233, 16234, 16238, 16248, 16250, 16258, 16263, 16264, 68158, 68159, 68240, 68243,
68248, 68258, 68273, 68274, 68278, 68279, 68288, 68289, 69008, 69008A, 69018, 69018A, 69038R,
69038S, 69068, 69068A, 69069, 69069A, 69078, 69078A, 69079, 69079A, 69088, 69088A, 69089,
69089A, 69098, 69108, 69108A, 69118A, 69128, 69128A, 69136, 69138, 69138A, 69139, 69139A,
69148, 69148A, 69158, 69159, 69163, 69163A, 69166, 69168, 69168A, 69169, 69169A, 69173, 69173A,
69174, 69174A, 69178, 69178A, 69179, 69179A, 69188, 69198E, 69198R, 69198S, 69258, 69268,
69278, 69279, 69279A, 69288, 79068, 79078, 79079, 79088, 79089, 79126, 79136, 79138, 79158,
79159, 79163, 79166, 79168, 79173, 79174, 79178, 79179, 79238, 79288, 80298, 80299, 80309,
80318, 80319, 80328, 80329, 80359, 116138, 116139, 116203, 116208, 116233, 116238, 179136,
179138, 179158, 179159, 179165, 179166, 179168, 179173, 179175, 179178, 179179, 179239,
179298, 179368, 179459
Oyster Perpetual
Mid-Sized Datejust
6824, 6827, 68240, 68243, 68248, 68273, 68274, 68278, 77080, 77014, 77438, 77518, 78240, 78243, 78246, 78248, 78266, 78273, 78274, 78278, 78279, 78286, 78288, 81158, 81208, 81209, 81308, 81338, 81339, 178158, 178159, 178238, 178239, 178245, 178246, 178248, 178269, 178275, 178278, 178279, 178286, 178288
Oysterquartz Datejust 17000, 17013, 17014
Oysterquartz Day Date 19018, 19019, 19028, 19038, 19048, 19049, 19058, 19068, 19078, 19148, 19168
Prince 1343, 1541, 1768, 1855, 2730, 2771, 2996, 3361, 4402
Prince (“¼ Century”) 1490, 3937
Prince (“Railway”) 1862
Prince (“Sporting”) 1564, 1599, 1871
Sea-Dweller 1660, 1665, 1666, 16600, 16650, 16660
Submariner 1406, 5508, 5510, 5512, 5513, 5514, 6200, 6204, 6205, 6536, 6538, 14060
Submariner Date 1661, 1680, 16610, 16613, 16618, 16800, 16803, 16808
Turn-O-Graph Datejust
(“Thunderbird”)
1625, 6202, 6309, 6609, 16253
Tru-Beat 1020, 6556
Yacht Master 16622, 16628, 68623, 68628, 168622, 168623, 168628, 169623, 169628