Pocket Watches from Pocket Watch Hunter

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Engraved Pocket Watches

Engraved Pocket Watches

Engraved pocket watches are lasting gifts that are aesthetically pleasing, practical and very personal. The majority of our pocket watches can be engraved on the back of the case and there is space for up to around 70 characters. We have our own in-house engravers, so we can turn your order around very quickly. Unlike most engravers, we don't charge per character to engrave your pocket watch - we have a set price, no matter how many characters you choose, so you will always know the final price.

We take great pride in the quality of our engraving and will always work to ensure your text is set as attractively as possible - ours is not a simple computerised push-button service, every pocket watch engraving is carefully composed and assessed by an experienced engraver.

ENGRAVED POCKET WATCH SALE: All our engraved pocket watches are currently on sale at well below the watchmakers recommended retail price. We will hold these prices over the next few weeks - we honestly don't think you will find these watches at a better price.

Urgent Delivery: If your order is urgent, we may still be able to deliver tomorrow - even if you require engraving. If you can get your order in before 12 noon today and request "Next Day" or "Saturday" Delivery at check-out we will guarantee to dispatch today for delivery by 1pm tomorrow. Because we have an in-house engraver, we can offer this next day service even if you would like your watch to be engraved. Please note, this does not apply to orders placed at the weekend (Saturday & Sunday) which are dispatched on Monday.

A Guide to Pocket Watch Engraving


Engraving your pocket watch with a personal message or dedication creates a unique and lasting gift that will be treasured for years. If you want your pocket watch engraved, here are a few hints and tips for getting the best results:

> Ordering your engraving is an easy to follow three step process on our “Engraving Details” page. To get there, simply click “Add to Cart” at “Price + Engraving” on your chosen pocket watch’s page.

> We will set your text in the most attractive way possible based on the pocket watch you have chosen and the content, context and style of your engraving.

> Keep your message or dedication short and concise. Remember, the more text you try to fit on the back of the watch, the smaller it will have to be to fit in the space available. If you have a lot of text, avoid using ornate or script style typefaces like “English Script” or “Balmoral” - these can be very difficult to read at smaller point sizes.

> Engraving initials on the back of a pocket watch is very popular and looks good in all styles of typeface. All upper case lettering works well for initials. However we strongly advise against choosing all upper case letters for dedications or long messages when using ornate or script style typefaces like “English Script” or “Balmoral” - these will be totally illegible. If you want to use all upper case for names or dedications only use “Roman Strong” or “Avantgarde”.

> We usually avoid engraving on the front lid of a pocket watch, it can often detract from a clean and elegant finish.

> Be careful when requesting an initial to be engraved inside a cartouche. Because the area has symmetrically curved adges, some letters can look badly off-centre even though they have been perfectly positioned.

> We don’t engrave on the inside of the lids. These are often machined with a textured finish and are unsuitable for engraving.

> Unfortunately we cannot accept returns of pocket watches that have been engraved (except, of course, in the case of damaged goods and engraving errors), so please double check your spelling and text before submitting your order. We try to turn orders around quickly and any errors cannot be rectified once a pocket watch has been engraved. If you have made an error, please telephone immediately - a confirmed order can be on the engraver’s bench within 5 minutes (emails are not monitored all the time, so a correction by email may not catch the engraving in time).