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In 1927, Rolex began issuing every Rolex Oyster case a unique serial number to distinguish them from one another.
This numbering system was originally believed to have started at 20,000, however earlier numbers have surfaced shooting holes in this theory.
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Made from only 1949 to 1952 and overall very low production of around 200 watches.
USA manufactured bracelets differ in their stampings to their European counterparts in that many bracelets have no date at all and those which are dated are month/year stamped rather than quarter/year.
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Around 1953, the numbers reached the 999,999 mark, at which time Rolex decided against adding a 7 digit, thus continuing into the "millions"--Instead, they started the sequence over.
While it was originally believed that this resequence started over at 100,000, or even 20,000, but evidence suggests that it actually restarted at 10,000 or possibly lower.
More recently with SEL (solid end link) bracelets Rolex have been stamping the part number, date code and Rolex crown into the inner part of the end link and so not visible without removing the bracelet.
The numbers simply represented the two-digit year in which the watch was produced.
Therefore, the code "III 53" would represent the 3 quarter (i.e.
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