Open by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 11am-5pm.
Please call the store during business hours to book appointments (323) 653-0467 or email:

We welcome you as a new client or a long time visitor to our website and store.

From our first days of business in the early 1980’s on the ultra hip Melrose Avenue, known worldwide for vintage clothing, neon art, and American Pop Culture, Wanna Buy A Watch? has been in the forefront of fashion and popularity for its high quality curated collection of vintage pocket watches, wristwatches, and estate jewelry.

Now 40 years later, WBAW? has the distinction of still being one of the most well known and popular vintage watch specialty stores in America. We have been declared “LA’s Horological Epicenter” by none other than Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer. We have 100’s of beautiful vintage and preowned watches and estate jewels on display to view and handle in our comfortable retail environment.


Until further notice, we are open by appointment only, 
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 11am-5pm. 
(We are closed Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.) 
 To make an appointment please email or call the shop during business hours. Tel. 323 653-0467

Even if you are unable to visit us in person, our goal is to provide you the same courtesy and personal service by phone or by email as you would receive if you were in our store. Whether you are a very knowledgeable collector, or aspire to your first vintage or pre-owned luxury watch, we are happy to assist you, and with our experienced and knowledgeable staff, educate you to help you make a selection that is right for you.

Our mission today, as it has been since inception, is to offer a finely curated selection of vintage watches each selected for their strong design characteristics and fine condition. Every watch in our inventory is individually selected by our owner to high standards of quality, beauty, and style. We regularly hear from our clients how they appreciate our broad selection of tasteful and appealing watches in all price ranges.

These days, none of us lack for the means to tell time. Of course our watches do tell time, but they also reflect one’s style. The watch is part of your wardrobe, and makes a statement to others about your fashion sense and taste. Our watches can be, and we hope, will be treasured, and loved and maybe even passed on to the next generation. We invite you to browse our website, and if you can, come visit us in person. Our well appointed and cozy shop may resemble a museum, only our works of art are for sale!


We have been located on Melrose Ave in West Hollywood’s very popular La Cienega and Melrose Ave design and fashion district for the last 17 years. We have the pleasure and luxury of being surrounded by countless distinguished purveyors of interior design, men’s and women’s fashion, as well as popular cafes and restaurants. When you come to see us, not only will you be able to see and try on our watches, but you will also be able to visit well known Melrose Ave destinations such as Fred Segal, Paul Smith, Theory, Vivienne Westwood, Urth Cafe others. And just a block away is ultra chic Melrose Place with many exclusive shops such as Chloe, The Row, and the must visit Alfred’s Coffee.

We are located just East of La Cienega, on the North side of the street, with convenient meter parking. Look for our vintage Gruen neon clock over our front door and you will know you have arrived.

Wanna Buy A Watch, Inc.
8441 Melrose Ave,
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tel. 323 653-0467

We'll contact you when this watch or a similar one becomes available.

Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1930 23,186
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
T or W1995