The luxury watch of your dreams is probably pretty pricey. And if you’re going to spend so much money, you need to know if it’s authentic or not.

One of the most important things for doing this is learning how to find the serial number on your watch. Depending on the manufacturer of your watch it can be easy or it may be a little difficult to do a serial number search or a product serial number search.

We scoured the internet to find the most relevant information for you on this important subject.

What is a Serial Number?

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A serial number is a one-of-a-kind identification group of numbers, or numbers or letters, which is assigned to a specific piece of hardware, banknote, or similar documents. Just as a fingerprint can identify a specific person, a serial number lookup can find whatever product it is linked to.

Just like every dollar bill has a serial number, every watch has a serial number. In case of a loss or theft, the serial numbers on a watch are used to track it. Serial numbers can also be used to identify a genuine Rolex from a knock-off being sold on a questionable site.

The serial number on your watch may be obvious, but if it’s not, you’ll first need to know how to find the model number.

How to Find Your Watch Model Number?

According to Crown & Caliber, the way to find a watch model number depends on the brand of the watch manufacturer. For example:

  1. Breitling, Tag Heuer, and Bvlgari all have easy to find model numbers on the back of the cases of their watches. An authentic Bvlgari will have six digits in its model number.
  2. Rolex has their model numbers located between the watch lugs under the bracelet.
  3. Patek Philippe and Omega watches have their numbers located on the inside of the case back.

Rolex Serial Numbers

Bob’s Watches tells us that when we are looking for your Rolex’s series number, it will be found between the lugs on the six o’clock side of the case. Every watch by Rolex will have a four to eight-digit number engraved in this location, and that number can be used to determine its production date.

Starting in 2005, Rolex started adding an additional engraving of the number between the dial and crystal, as well.

After 2008, the company changed its policies again, and just began putting the numbers on the rehaut.

Omega Serial Numbers

Finding an Omega watch’s serial number varies depending on when the watch was manufactured. Every Omega serial number is eight digits long, and is stored in their watch database. Some Omega watches have their serial numbers laser etched on in tiny text.

If you are interested in buying a particular watch, it’s possible to contact Omega with the watch’s serial number and have them confirm that it is a valid and real watch.

Apple Watch Serial Numbers

For an Apple watch, we looked to the experts at Apple Support. They said that the serial number is simple to find. First, you go to your Apple watch and open up the settings application. Then you tap on the General  > About tab. Then, you scroll down and look for the serial number.

Alternatively, if you do not have your Apple Watch on your person, you can use your iPhone to find your serial number. Go to the Apple Watch application on your iPhone. Next, tap on the “My Watch” tab. From there, go to the General >About tab. Once you are there, all you have to do is scroll down to find the serial Number.

Tools for Checking for Your Serial Numbers

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As you can see above, certain watches may require a bit of an effort to find the serial number. If you are the ‘do it yourself’ kind of person and do not want to go to a specialty shop, having the right tools are a must.

A number of great watch tool kits are available, but the Esslinger Deluxe is a kit made for both consumers and expert repairmen. This tool is suited for basic tasks like changing a battery or watch band, to replacing a gasket.

The perk of the Esslinger Deluxe kit is that it includes tools which are specifically geared towards the removal of even the most difficult to remove bands. With this set of tools, there shouldn’t be any watch that you are unable to see the serial number for.

Your Watch, Your Serial Number

If you plan to buy a watch from anyone other than an official dealer or manufacturer site, be sure to find the model and serial numbers first and check them out for authenticity.

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