example 175N12340113 M 4
175 – seat size from 16.5 up to 18.5
N – flap length: short = K, normal or regular = N, long = L, extra long = XL
1234 – actual saddle number
0113 – Date of Manufacture 01 = Month January 13 = Year 2013.
*For saddles made prior to 2010 the date of manufacture is indicated by 3 digits only
e.g. 1234049 04 = Month April 9 = Year 2009 0 = Year 2000
** Saddles manufactured in 1999 or 1998 have a 6 digit serial number instead of the later 7 or 8 digit numbers.
example 3L 17.5 M20 AG 10 AR 10 337 04
3 - refers to the flap size
L - refers to the seat style with emphisis on the twist and on this particular saddle it is a touch wider on each side than the average with a narrow twist.
17.5 - seat size, self explanatory
M20 - refers to the tree size - this is the average sized tree
AG 10 - refers to the panel and in this particluar saddle 10mm of padding was added to the back of the panel near the gussett.
AR 10 - refers to the panel and in this particular saddle 10mm of padding was added to the front of the panel near the wither.
337 - refers to the place in production it was made
04 - refers to the year it was made and in this particular saddle it is considered an 05 because of the month it was manufactured.
example P 16
2 1009 04
P means it is a flat seat.
16 is the seat size
2 is flap length
1009 means it was the 1009th saddle manufactured in that year.
04 means made in 2004
PA305 205 710, 07 0141
SE01: the model, "flat seat"
T or TC: no idea, but they all have it
175: seat size
3L: flap, L means long flap and C means forward flap
PA 305 205 710 : refers to the type of panel, in this case Pro Panels pro panels are numbered 705/205/305
07 is the year made
0141 is the serial number
If you are trying to decode a CWD stamp (on saddles newer than 2006), the first line indicates the seat type, seat size, flap length and style. The second line indicates the panelling, while the third line is the year of manufacture and serial number.
example 18 32 085 081
34 12 06
The 18 32 ... means this saddle is an 18" seat, 32 cm tree.
In December 06 (12 06) the tree was widened to 34 cm.