Rolex watches are considered status symbols and are prized among those who own them. They can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 and above. Business Week magazine ranked Rolex 68th on its 2009 list of the 100 most valuable global brands. The watches hail from Switzerland, which is one of the world's premier watchmakers. Finding out about your Rolex watch is a simple enough task and the resources to do so are virtually free.
Items you will need
- Access to a library
- Phone number listings (as found online or in a phone book)
- "The Rolex Report"
Finding Out About Your Rolex Watch
Find your make and model. The reference number of your rolex is located between the lugs at the 12 o'clock position. At the 6 o'clock position you can find the serial number. To see these numbers you have to remove the band from the watch case. This can be done with a tool jewelers have. You can visit a jeweler or fine jewelry retailer and ask them to do this for you. Or, you can proceed to the next two steps.
Find the name and year of your watch with serial and model numbers. A site called watch basics has the years of production that correspond to Rolex serial numbers. And another site, called bernardwatch.com, has the names of models that correspond to the model numbers. If you aren't able to achieve steps 1 and 2, proceed to step 3, 4 and 5.
Search the official Rolex website for information. It has many of their watches on display. If you recognize your watch on the site, record the name/model to find further information. You can also record the name of models that closely resemble your watch and bring it to a retailer. If watches closely resemble one another, they could have been made from the same line, at the same time.
Speak to a Rolex retailer. The official Rolex website has a list of retailers available in each state. You can find the retailer nearest to you. Look up their phone number, and/or visit their store. Bring your watch with you so they can examine it and answer your questions about it. They may be able to appraise it as well.
Look in a book. Either purchase or borrow (from a library) "The Rolex Report: An Unauthorized Reference Book For The Rolex Enthusiast" by John E. Brozek. It provides made a comprehensive list of different Rolex watches.