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  1. Z900rsdude May 4, 2021

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    Morning All,

    just a quick question with regards Rolex serial numbers. considering all of the top end fakes abd Super Clones of ALL models(even with box/papers now), why don’t Rolex put serial numbers on the outside of their cases?
    Is the serial number just on the movement?

    Thanks
    Si
     
  2. Fritz genuflects before the mighty quartzophobe May 4, 2021

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    i believe the serial number is on the outside of the case, but thats easy enough to fake as well.

    my particular Rolex, from the 40s, had an error in the serial number which was corrected by simply overstamping the incorrect digit, i was always amused by that little detail.
     
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  3. FrenchBigCrown May 4, 2021

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    The serial numbers are on the cases - between the lugs - one needs to remove the strap/bracelet.

    :)
     
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  4. Vintagewtchzilla May 4, 2021

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    ... but they also fake the SN so you still need to know your stuff ...
     
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  5. jaguar11 May 4, 2021

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    Have you tired looking between the lugs?
     
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  6. blufinz52 Hears dead people, not watch rotors. May 4, 2021

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    Rolex serial numbers have been on the rehaut for a few years now.
     
  7. Z900rsdude May 4, 2021

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    Thanks for that as I wasn’t aware
     
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  8. vitriol May 4, 2021

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    Since 2010 I trust.

    There are two different numbers.
    One is a serial number of the watch, you can see it on the mid-case and in the papers.
    Other one is serial number of the movement.
    None of them is extremely helpful to tell fake or genuine, cause since 2010 watch serial numbers are random and there is no direct connection with movement' serial number. No obvious connection which we could check easily, there is a connection made during chronometer certification (COSC), but you probably need to be Rolex employee/certified watchmaker to access this COSC pairing.
    Ergo, don't worry too much whether the serial number is outside/inside of the cases - they are pretty much useless now.
     
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  9. Dan S May 4, 2021

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    Rolex serial numbers have been on the outside of the case for many, many decades. I'm not sure how that helps you identify fakes, however.
     
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  10. Z900rsdude May 4, 2021

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    Thanks All for your input and help. The Fake scenario is a minefield and not just Rolex these days but I’m keen on purchasing a secondhand Rolex and want to be 100% sure it’s legit as I’ve seen a couple of 1 to 1 superclones and I for one could not tell they weren’t genuine, even box, Warranty, certificate guarantee and plastic card!!! Even hash tag
     
  11. Vintagewtchzilla May 5, 2021

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    Maybe you should consider buying something else … or take the time to learn before purchasing
     
  12. NotAClue May 5, 2021

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    The font of both the reference and serial numbers help to spot fakes (mostly on vintage). Show those references to a connaisseur and he will help you out with your purchase :)
     
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  13. Z900rsdude May 5, 2021

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    Hence my questions on here, I’ve read a lot about them but this forum is very informative.