Engraved Watches: Best Watch Engraving Ideas for a Perfect Gift

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Planning to get a gift for someone but not really sure what to buy? There are plenty of great gift options out there that can make it hard for you to select the perfect one.

Escaping the ordinary, personalized gifts can always add value to presents, making one feel a little special.

Out of all the options, a watch can be a smart idea, as it can also be a customizable gift if engraved. In case you are planning to go for it, we have some great watch engraving ideas for you to consider.

Watch as a Gift

Nice Watch in Wooden Gift Box

If you have narrowed down the gifts list and decided to go with a watch, you’ve made a great choice. Watches are recognized as a great gift in different situations.

But you still have a lot more work to do to select the right watch, as there are plenty of options out there, each suiting different personalities.

A watch can speak a lot about a person and situation. You wouldn’t wear a Military Casio G-Shock at your wedding, would you?

That’s entirely your choice unless you’re a die-hard veteran, but a suitable option for a watch as a groom would be a decent Rolex with a leather strap matching your boots.

In case you are planning to get one soon, this Rolex buying guide can help you a great deal. But if you still choose to go with a G-Shock, this set-up guide would be helpful in setting up your first G-Shock watch.

Each watch has a certain design, which needs to be carried efficiently for different situations. So you now need to decide what kind of watch that person would like by analyzing what they usually wear or maybe through their personality.

The idea of an Apple Watch as a present for your granny’s 90th birthday or a Baby-G for your dad’s retirement would sound absurd as they won’t have any good use of it and that watch will most probably stay in the cupboard for the rest of its days.

But if you got a cool young granny who still wants a smartwatch, this step-by-step guide to setting up a smartwatch would come in handy for her.

Custom Engraving on Watch

Gold color bracelet watch

It’s a common practice to apply engravings to jewelry such as engravings for rings or writing a date on the inner side of your ring or writing a quote on a bracelet.

Have you ever wondered if a watch is a piece of jewelry? Yes and no. Jewelry is an ornament made of jewels or precious metals.

This makes some watches a piece of functional jewelry as there are plenty of watches out there having precious jewels. Not all watches can be considered a piece of jewelry as there are some plastic ones too.

Knowing that most pieces of jewelry are customizable with the help of engraving, there are some engravable watches too. The engraving of your choice can be done on the back case or the link of your watch, making it a perfect gift.

Watch Engraving Ideas

As the choice of a watch varies for different persons and situations, you also need to decide what you want to engrave on the watch.

One important thing to note here is that we do not have too much space to engrave on the watch as we can only engrave on the back cover or the links which is a very small area.

Let’s take a look at some creative watch engraving ideas.

Ideas For Significant Other

Adding some love quotes on the back of a watch would add charm to this gift for your better half. Let’s look into some ideas for the love birds out there.

  • You’re my good days
  • Forever together
  • Mine forever
  • My missing part
  • You complete me

If you want to get a little more creative and display a combination of love with time, these ideas might work the best for you.

  • Our love is timeless
  • Yours every second
  • You + Me = Lifetime
  • Time stops with you
  • For those who love, time is eternity
  • Love you every second

If you want to keep it minimal you can just go with making a small heart along with a “Love You” message or add your initials if you want to. The options are endless.

Memorable Dates

Some dates are worth remembering such as the day you graduated, the day you met your spouse, or the date of your wedding. There are plenty of examples for such memorable days and you might also have your share of some dates worth remembering.

So you can just go with a minimal design of just writing the dates, or if you want to add a little message with that you can go with that as well.

  • Born – 12th April 2002
  • Graduated – 15th July ’22
  • Class of ’22
  • Happily married 15-06-21
  • January 12th, 1990

Ideas for Parents

Here are some ideas for engraving a message on the watch as a gift for your parents.

  • Don’t tell mom
  • Thanks for sharing your DNA
  • You are a one cool Pop
  • They don’t make ’em like you anymore
  • It takes a legend to raise one
  • I was normal two kids ago
  • A wonder woman and a momster

Ideas for Children

Here are some ideas that parents can have engraved on the watch for their kids.

  • Always and forever my child
  • Sweet child of mine
  • Always with you
  • Make us proud
  • Mama’s boy
  • My ray of happiness
  • The joy of my heart

Ideas for Graduation

  • Proud of you
  • Finally
  • You made it
  • It was worth it
  • Better days ahead
  • Dr. in the making
  • Congratulations
  • Conquer the world

How to Engrave a Watch?

There are a few different methods to engrave a watch.

Hand Engraving

The simplest and one of the oldest methods of engraving is hand engraving. This is done with the help of a steel engraver pushed by the palm of a hand.

The engravers come in different shapes for different uses. Complex designs may take a lot of time through hand engraving.

With the development of technology, the approach of hand engraving also advanced from palm push to pneumatic air-assisted engraving which helps with working on harder materials.

Rotary Engraving

Rotary Engraving is a process that uses a rotary tool or a small drill to hollow out the materials by tracing it over the pattern.

There are engraving drills of different shapes and sizes which are used to carve out the desired design. Being a strong tool, these rotary drills can engrave through almost all materials like metals, woods, stones, or plastics.

Advanced rotary engravers use computer-assisted design, these are controlled by computers. The design is to be provided to the system, the computer will follow and implement the pattern with better precision.

Laser Engraving

automatic laser engraving

The most futuristic type of engraving is laser engraving which uses computer-guided instructions to follow the pattern and engrave the material with the help of a strong laser.

This strong laser acts as a chisel which leaves marks on a surface by removing its layers. The strong amount of heat from this laser vaporizes the materials into fumes and creates the desired design.

Bottom Line

Engraving a watch can increase its worth as a gift, but the initials which you are going to engrave are required to be chosen carefully. You can get some hints from the aforementioned watch engraving ideas for your next customized watch.

One thing to remember about an engraved watch is that you should only go for engraving if you intend to keep the watch for a longer time as it would be difficult to sell an engraved watch.

Don’t engrave something which you’ll regret later, choose wisely.

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I am the founder and chief editor of HappyWatchesNow.com. I aim to inform and help individuals to make informed choices when buying their watches. I want HappyWatchesNow to become a beacon of trust and authenticity in a world clouded by biases and commercial agendas.

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