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.
In 1927, Rolex began issuing every Rolex Oyster case a unique serial number to distinguish them from one another.
Tudor serial numbers are more complicated to accurately date than Rolex Serial Numbers as there is far less information on Tudor serial numbers available.
That said, with a little bit of time and effort, I have put together a Tudor serial number database below to help you date your Tudor watch to the nearest year.
Their sensual curves reveal the brand’s exceptional savoir-faire, in a marriage of style, precision and virtuosity.
The TUDOR Royal seen here is a ladies’ watch in 9 ct gold. The dial is silvery white with gold Arabic numeral appliques.
ABOVE: Around 2005, Rolex started engraving the Case's Serial Number into the inside edge of the case (at the 6 o'clock position, under the crystal and below the bezel), also known as the rehaut, as shown in these images, which were taken at BASELWORLD 2005, in Switzerland in early April.The example of reference 7017/0 shown here has a 37.5 mm steel case. On the outside, the case back is engraved “Original Oyster Case by Rolex Geneva”. The rotor is signed “TUDOR AUTO-PRINCE SWISS MADE”.Its screw-down waterproof case back is inscribed “Montres TUDOR S. The self-winding movement with date and day mechanisms is A. Its dial is metallic blue with a sunray finish and features baton hour markers as well as luminescent dots beside the hour markers on the minute track around the circumference of the dial, luminescent baton hands and a large seconds hand.The year 1969 saw the dawn of the second era of the TUDOR Submariner’s history, which would last until 1999, the date of its last appearance in the catalogue.While the general foundations of the product were laid by the 7900 series, its evolution continued.