Can Watches Be the New Wedding Ring?


For many men, the concept of wearing a wedding ring is less than ideal. Whilst, as women, we are accustomed to the idea of wearing jewellery, most men never even try a ring on until they pick out their wedding band. If your fiancee isn’t a ring guy, then consider switching up tradition by buying him a wedding watch instead. Wedding watches can be just as meaningful, and are a great ring alternative for men who do a lot of hands-on work.

The Symbolism of the Wedding Watch

Like wedding rings, watches have symbolism as well as eye appeal. When you put a wedding ring on your partner finger, this indicates that your love will be as never ending as the ring, an unbroken circle of dedication and affection. As with wedding rings, watches incorporate the circle, both through their faces and their wristbands. In addition to carrying the symbolic weight of the circle, however, watches have their own meaning. When you give your loved one a watch, you signify that your relationship will endure throughout time.

Wedding Watch Engraving

Wedding watches offer a wide range of customisation options. Whereas with wedding bands you only have a relatively small surface area to work with, wedding watches give you plenty of room to add a personalised message. Depending upon the watch that you choose, you may be able to customise both the circle around the face and the back of the watch. How you choose to personalise your wedding watch can be a big decision, so let’s take a look at some of the options that you’ll have to work with:

Picture Engraving: If you have a picture of you and your fiance that you absolutely love, then you can have your jeweller engrave it onto the reverse of your watch. Picture engravings add a great personalised touch, and eternalise your happy moment forever. If you can’t decide which picture you want to choose, then wait until after the wedding to have your engraving done. You’re sure to find the perfect engraving shot in your wedding photos

Quote Engraving: Engraving a quote or personal message on your wedding watch is a good way to add an extra layer of meaning to your symbolic gift. Your message can be anything from a simple “I love you,” to a saying that is close to your heart.

Date Engraving: Go the timeless, traditional route by engraving either the date that you met or your wedding day on the watch. This beautiful procedure will help eternalise the date of your union, and what a great trick to ensure that your husband never has a good excuse for forgetting your anniversary!

Milestone Wedding Watches

As you select your wedding watch, consider a custom-made milestone watch. Milestone watches start out with a single diamond to indicate that date of your wedding, and have mounts ready for future milestone dates. For every important landmark that you make, your husband can have a diamond added to the face of his watch. These milestones can symbolize anniversaries, childbirths, or simply fond memories.


If you decide that a wedding watch is right for you, then make sure to alert your officiant prior to the ceremony. When the time comes, instead of putting a ring on your fiancee’s finger, you can fasten the watch around his wrist. As well as adding a unique twist to your ceremony, the gesture will act as a beautiful symbol of the eternity of your love.

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Naomi Shaw is an online web journalist, beautician, and mother.

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