Watch Dating

Watch dating

Sometimes it’s important to know the age of a watch – when trying to authenticate it or if you’re buying a birth year watch for instance.

The tricky thing with vintage watches in particular is that, unlike a car’s registration number, there’s no common, recognised method for dating a watch.

If we take a vintage Rolex Submariner as an example, we find that the various key components were made at different times and then the watch was assembled from those parts. When we inspect our vintage Rolex now, we may well find that the case is from 1966, the case back from 1965, the bracelet from 1968, the Chronometer certificate from 1967, and the papers are from when it was sold in 1970 – and all of this would be perfectly ok.

So when Oakleigh Watches are looking for a birth year watch for you, how do we judge its age?

Whenever possible we will use the date of the main component, which is the case. This carries the serial number applicable to the watch as a whole and is the most broadly accepted way of judging when a watch was ‘born’.

If you’re looking for a watch from a specific year, either for yourself or as a gift, drop us an email and we’ll gladly discuss it with you.

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