Serial number inside case backs... Always a special order?

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Serial number inside case backs... Always a special order?

Joined: January 23rd, 2005, 9:30 pm

December 2nd, 2011, 4:28 pm #1


No necessarily so.

Ive had a mail from Detlev who's pretty good at this Rolex stuff and he tells me that there are regular
retailed 18K pieces that carry the serial inside.

This is because the watches in question were marked with Import marks (UK, Portugal etc) and therefore the case backs were removed in order to do this. It seems that if Rolex ever remove a caseback for an addition prior to delivery they add the serial inside.

Obviously a civilian 1665 DR Seadweller carries its serial inside and was sold retail however this seems to be the only exception. That said, the 1665 was a special watch at that time and one that was destined for professional use.



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Joined: January 28th, 2005, 9:45 am

December 2nd, 2011, 4:36 pm #2

replacement backs changed by Geneva ( in any possible reference ) and also for a few special "clients" ( like some VIPs ).
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December 2nd, 2011, 4:44 pm #3

No necessarily so.

Ive had a mail from Detlev who's pretty good at this Rolex stuff and he tells me that there are regular
retailed 18K pieces that carry the serial inside.

This is because the watches in question were marked with Import marks (UK, Portugal etc) and therefore the case backs were removed in order to do this. It seems that if Rolex ever remove a caseback for an addition prior to delivery they add the serial inside.

Obviously a civilian 1665 DR Seadweller carries its serial inside and was sold retail however this seems to be the only exception. That said, the 1665 was a special watch at that time and one that was destined for professional use.



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I would like to know if some you own or have seen watches
on which the last four digits are the same as the model reference?

For exemple a SD with a serial ending with 1665. Is that pure
coincidence? Even if we speak about a Comex?
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December 2nd, 2011, 4:46 pm #4

but i do remember seeing a 1680 Red that was 3xx1680

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December 2nd, 2011, 4:48 pm #5

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Joined: January 28th, 2005, 9:45 am

December 2nd, 2011, 4:59 pm #6

Comex with a 3 digit delivery number that was the same of the last 3 digits of the case number .. but the delivery number was not correct for the case number ( not matching ).. so it was certainly a watch with "problems" ...
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Joined: January 28th, 2005, 9:45 am

December 2nd, 2011, 5:04 pm #7

but i do remember seeing a 1680 Red that was 3xx1680

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I will search in my ecords if I can find one.
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Joined: January 28th, 2005, 9:45 am

December 2nd, 2011, 5:14 pm #8

I would like to know if some you own or have seen watches
on which the last four digits are the same as the model reference?

For exemple a SD with a serial ending with 1665. Is that pure
coincidence? Even if we speak about a Comex?
it's a COMEX 1680 baby !!!!!
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Joined: July 9th, 2011, 9:36 am

December 2nd, 2011, 5:43 pm #9

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Joined: January 28th, 2005, 9:45 am

December 2nd, 2011, 5:47 pm #10

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