About this site
Welcome to my collection of serial number date decoders and tools. This project started when I wrote a basic tool to cross reference the serial numbers and the movements on my personal vintage watch collection. As I searched for the information required to build it I realised this tool was becoming quite a large resource that other people may find useful so I made it available online.
When I decided to develop another serial number decoder to date my Gibson Les Paul guitar I realised that a single site with multiple serial number decoders aimed at collectors, sellers and dealers could be useful. So here it is, it now covers vintage or antique watches such as Rolex, Tissot, Timex, Elgin and Omega as well as Gibson, Fender and CF Martin guitars. As a lover and owner of vintage synths I added a Roland decoder (which includes all the old analogue gear and Boss pedals), finally Yamaha pianos and Hot Wheels. Having a date for a collectible can help you check its authenticity and spot a fake, it can help you with a valuation and can also help you fetch more when selling items on eBay.
This site is continually evolving with new manufacturers added and updates to existing ones, visual date indicators are coming soon to help with narrowing down results for watches and Gibson guitars.
- Localise "value" links so its the correct country and correct currency.
- Show workings for Roland and others
- Pots and speaker datecodes (for dating guitars and pedals)
- Gillette razors
- Panerai watches
- Older Gibson guitars via graphical logo and detail identification