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Rolex USA Guarantees

  1. Rolex USA Guarantees
  2. Code printed on the front of the guarantee
  3. Code printed on the back of the guarantee
  4. Other info about Rolex?

Only Rolex watches sold in the USA could have some special codes printed on the warranty paper. What do these codes mean? What are they for?

Code printed on the front of the guarantee

On the front of a Rolex USA guarantee you can find an alphanumeric code made of 14 (or 9) digits, as in the picture below:
An example of Rolex USA Guarantee with model code
Code: R16520A50B7839, what does it mean?
This code identifies:
  1. Brand
  2. Reference
  3. Material used for the case
  4. Colour and type of dial
  5. Type of bracelet/strap etc.
  6. Bracelet/strap reference
And it means:

CodeExplanation
RRolex
16520Reference number of Daytona (Zenith Calibre)
AStainless steeel
50White dial
BBracelet
7839Bracelet ref. 78390


Let's try to understand the rule:

(L) NNNNN(N) X NX (L XXNN)
Brand
CodeExplanation
(L)One letter:

R = Rolex
T = Tudor

This letter is missing when the Model reference is 6 digits long.
Model reference
CodeExplanation
NNNNN(N)Reference code of the watch: five or six numbers, e.g. 16528, 116520 etc.
Material used for the case
CodeExplanation
XOne letter or number:

A = Stainless steel (from French acier)
3 = Gold and steel
4 = Stainless steel and white gold
8 = Yellow gold
9 = White gold
etc.
Colour and type of the dial
CodeExplanation
NXTwo numbers or one number and one letter:

0U = Black Mother of Pearl with diamonds
0W = Black Mother of Pearl Roman
10 = Silver
18 = Silver Tapestry
20 = Champagne
28 = Champagne Patestry
30 = Black
3H = Onyx Arabic with 2 diamonds
50 = White
51 = White Roman
52 = Ivory Pyramide Roman
57 = White Arabic
83 = Rose Roman
8X = Onyx Serti
9K = White Mother Pearl Arabic
9R = Mother Pearl Roman
etc.
Type of bracelet/strap
CodeExplanation
(L)One letter:

B = Bracelet
S = Strap

When the bracelet is integrated (like Oysterquartz) this code is missing.
Bracelet/strap reference
CodeExplanation
(XXNN)Four numbers or two letters and two numbers, is the reference code without the last digit, e.g.:
7839 = 78390
7876 = 78760
9315 = 93150
etc.

When the bracelet is integrated (like Oysterquartz) this code is missing.

Code printed on the back of the guarantee

On the back of a Rolex USA guarantee (before 2000-2001) you can find a code like below pictured:
Example of Rolex paper guarantee from USA with a cryptic code on the back
Rolex paper guarantee from USA with "C OWCE" printed on the back
The code identifies the date when the watch was shipped from Rolex USA to the dealer. How to translate it? Use this table:

LetterTranslation
R1
O2
L3
E4
X5
W6
A7
T8
C9
H0


Let's try with "C OWCE" printed on the guarantee above. It means "9 2694" that is "September 26 '94". Simple as that, right?

Here is another example:
Example of Rolex paper guarantee from USA with a delivery code (A ROTC)
"A ROTC" means: "7 1289" that is "July 12 '89".

Other info about Rolex?

We have prepared different pages on Rolex and its world, such as Rolex clasp code by year of production, Rolex serial number by year of production and Rolex Country Code. If you want to know even more, you can take a look at our Wiki!