Watch engraving ideas

Updated July 20, 2017

Watch engraving is done on the back of the watchmaking it an especially nice way to personalise something. Because the engraving is not in plain sight for the whole world to see, you can share a more personal message. An engraved watch is popular as a gift to mark a special occasion or date. It is a simple way to make a timepiece classic. Engraving never goes out of style.

Your Personal Watch

Watch engraving is most commonly done on a watch being given as a gift, but it is not unusual for someone to engrave her own watch. Consider an important date---perhaps to commemorate an anniversary or a birthday. Or, use the engraving to celebrate an accomplishment, such as a graduation. Another way to turn a watch into a one-of a-kind item is to engrave it with your initials or monogram.

Watch Engravings as Gifts

There are endless options when engraving a watch for someone else. Occasions in which giving an engraved watch is an excellent choice include births, birthdays, graduations, a new job, a professional achievement or a promotion.

For Your Significant Other

Engraving a watch is a foolproof way to delight a significant other. A personal favourite (though quite clichéd) is the "It's about time... I met you" which was popularised on the television series "Sex and the City." Watches are also often given as wedding gifts to and from the bride and groom. A classic choice for the wedding day is the date of the wedding and initials of the couple. However, this is a great time to have a little fun with a personal message that only the recipient will see. "I do" or "Marry me" are always cute. Or, include part of your wedding vows in the engraving.

For Friends

For friends, an inside joke is a memorable option that steers away from the cliché. Puns are always fun. "A job well done" (for a professional achievement) and "Have the time of your life" (for a birthday or other celebration) are sure to dazzle. Classic messages such as "Happy Birthday" or "Congratulations" are always appreciated. Engraved watches are also suitable as retirement gifts. In this case, the engraving could include the company slogan, the dates worked or a message of appreciation.

Making an Old Watch New

You don't have to buy a new watch for an engraving. It is just as nice to engrave a watch the recipient already owns. You can always say you're having it cleaned so he won't suspect a thing.

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Teddi Ginsberg has been a writer since she learned her ABCs (professionally, since 2008). She has written articles for eHow, Divine Caroline and Ladyish. She also blogs for