Mark 2

Serial Number Range: 28xxxxx-39xxxxx, 505xxxx-519xxxx*

General Notes: The Mark 2 dial is well balanced and easily identified by the bold thickness of the font.

*There have been several original owner examples with Mark 2 dials and this low 5 million SN range. It is possible that Rolex used left over MK2 dials in these cases. The other option to consider is that this was a service dial used in that period. However, that would only make sense if those watches had a service case and not a service dial. This is because if the watches had a MK2 as a service dial, it would be on serial numbers earlier than the normal dial-SN rage (i.e. you have an earlier dial that was replaced with a MK2 at service) and/or it would be on watches in the intervening period (3.9-5.0m). Neither of these scenarios appear to have happened. Additionally, if they were service cases, why would they all have MK2 dials? This is a syllogism and not proof positive though, so look to the merits of the watch and not only my conjectures.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • The coronet is very similar to that of the Type C & Mark 0 dials.
  • The ‘Rolex’ printing is thick and the letters are more square than other matte dials, the majority of which are much wider than they are tall.
  • The L and E in ‘Rolex’ are spaced much closer to each other than the rest of the letters.
  • The ‘Oyster Perpetual’ and SCOC text retain the heavy serifs of the Mark 1.5.
  • The lume is flat and does not appear as waffled as the late Mark 1 dials.

Pictures

Picture Credit: Beaumont Miller, Michael Morgan