In Photo Thinking: Fuji GSW690III Professional – The Texas Leica, the author claims to date the camera by serial number, but doesn't explain how to do so.

My camera, based on serial number, does indicate it is a mid-nineties model...

Is there a way to date the Fuji GW690 III by serial number? If so, how?

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    I suspect the blog author was just playing the odds. You can post a comment on the blog to ask for further information if you believe otherwise. – xiota Oct 17 '19 at 9:36

According to Camerapedia: Fujica GW690, the GW690 III was released in February 1992. There is a photo.net post from Nov 2001 that describes a FujiFilm representative stating that the camera had been discontinued.

If the camera was discontinued prior to 2000, all GW690 III cameras, regardless of serial number, would have been manufactured in the "mid-nineties". There would still be a greater than 80% chance that any given camera was made in the "mid-nineties" if production had continued into 2000-2001.

As you've noted, knowing the range of values can be helpful, assuming they are assigned sequentially, starting with 1. The blog author probably thought that the serial number didn't look too high and guessed that it was probably made in the 1990s since he states:

It is not easily clear in any searches I have performed when Fuji decided to discontinue these cameras, but I would hazard a guess at the early 2000s.

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    by reading serial on camera on sell in ebay many have number around 5000000 and the biggest I have found was more than 8000000. This could give a very rough indication. – maborg Oct 18 '19 at 6:52

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