The reason for this is because not all dealers are honest on their description.Some of them misrepresent the watches making an older watch look a newer style by customizing and not disclosing it on the description.Die Seriennummer ist nun 8-stellig und nicht wie bisher 7-stellig.Sie besteht aus einer zufallsgenerierten Kombination aus Zahlen und Buchstaben.Dies hat zur Folge, dass von nun an nur noch Rolex das Produktionsjahr der Uhren kennt.At the beginning of 2010 Rolex changed the system to individualize their watches.1987 startete Rolex dann damit vor die 6-stellige Seriennummer noch ein Buchstabe zu setzten.
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.
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.
Rolex Oyster Case Listings 1926 – 2003 Rolex watches are dated by a serial number which corresponds to the actual manufacture date.
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