Best Anniversary Watch Engraving Ideas

Stuck for anniversary watch engraving ideas? I’m regularly asked to engrave watches. The types of watches that are given as gifts are as varied as the reasons for giving a watch as a gift. From birthdays, weddings, and farewell gifts for long-term employees through to graduation and even apologies. But probably the most common reason I see for giving a watch as a gift is for an anniversay of some sort. You might also be surprised to learn that more than half the time I’m asked to engrave a watch, the person giving the watch as a gift has no idea what to engrave on it! They just know they want something personal, everlasting, meaningful or even funny.

When it comes to anniversary watch engraving ideas, the message should be concise, full of contextual meaning, be easy to read and something that brings a smile to the person who would wear the watch and see the message regularly. The message should be from the heart, and whilst it can be clever it shouldn’t be too cryptic. However, it could even be about something only the two of you know about!

Below I have put together a collection of the messages I have commonly engraved on watches when people can’t think of anything and have no idea. Weirdly, this turns into an in depth conversation I have with the bestower of the watch to understand a little about person receiving the watch so we can come up with a meaninful message together that both parties will be happy with. Sounds easy, but it’s not!

Often the person buying the watch for the gift has spent quite a lot of money on the watch, and so they think long and hard about the mesage to engrave on it. Because of this, they’ll sometimes even loose sleep over it. Then they’ll come and see me to have a message engraved, and be at a total loss for what to enscribe on the timepiece, exhausted from the thought process.

So let’s have a look at some of the most common messages I’ve engraved on watches, epsecially some anniversary watch engraving ideas.

a couple linking hands wearing a watch anniversary watch engraving ideas

Anniversary Watch Engraving Ideas

These are some of the most common messages I’ve engraved on watches for anniversaries;

  • I still love you more than yesterday, but less than tomorrow.
  • I love you even more now than in the beginning.
  • I’d marry you all over again!
  • Eternity is all the time I need with you.
  • Our love is timeless, and eternal.
  • My love for you is timeless.
  • My heart is, and always will be, yours.
  • Forever, is our time.
  • You’re my best friend.
  • Let’s do it all again!

Funny Watch Engraving Ideas

Engraved messages can also be funny, and may indeed bring a smile to the persons face everytime they put their watch on. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving! Some of my favourites have been;

  • You’re my favourite problem.
  • You’re my alcohol, and I’m forever drunk!
  • Love is never on time.
  • You’re late!
  • Time is the only critic without ambition.
  • Time waits for no man.
  • The only resource consumed, used or not!
  • Pressed for time?
  • Do you smell thyme?

Wedding Watch Engraving Ideas

  • About time!
  • Time disappears when I’m with you.
  • It’s time we did this thing..
  • Today starts the rest of our lives.
  • I do!

Birthday Watch Engraving Ideas

Watch Engraving Ideas for Husband

  • <Date of Childrens Birthdays>
  • <Date of Wedding>
  • Your time is precious to me!

Watch Engraving Ideas for Brother

  • Captain and First Mate.
  • Time heals.
  • Time you got me a drink.

Watch Engraving Ideas for Dad

  • You always made time for us.
  • You always made time for me.
  • Time with you is all I need.
  • More time is never enough.
mans wrist wearing a watch


Ultimately, whatever the message you choose to engrave on a watch, it needs to be meaningful to the person who’ll be wearing it regularly. You don’t want to make the message too long, or it’ll be too hard read when they pick up the watch and they likely won’t stop and read it. Some of the best messages I’ve engraved on watches might not even be in the above lists. That’s because when I’ve spoken with the gift giver about the watch recipient, and learnt a bit about them, the best engraved messages are the most personalised ones. Messages about that person, their relationship with the giver and meaningful to both of the.

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