It is easy to find and identify the production date of Panasonic 18650 battery cells, it contains four numbers or numbers + letters, and printed nearby the negative pole.
New version Panasonic 18650 cells has 2 black bars on the PET shrink tube(nearby the positive pole) - a wide bar and a narrow bar. The old version has only one narrow bar. It must be very old version and be manufactured before 2009, if a Panasonic 18650 cell with dot matrix on its top. For example:
Panasonic NCR18650PF 2900mAh 3.6V - date code: 6524
The first number "6" = Year (2010=0; 2011=1; ... 2016=6; 2017=7; 2018=8, and so on...)
The second number "5" = Month (JAN=1; FEB=2; ... SEP=9; OCT=X; NOV=Y; DEC=Z)
The third and fourth number "24" = Day (1st=01; 2nd=02; ... 30th=30; 31st=31)
Conclusion, code: 6524 means the battery made in 24th. May. 2016.
Panasonic NCR18650BD 3200mAh 3.6V - code: 8X08, means battery made in 8th. Oct. 2018.