Each watch I hand engrave is unique and one of a kind. There are no shortcuts in hand engraving, especially in the deep relief type engraving that I do. The cost of each project is simply a matter of time spent. On some of the full coverage watches you see on my site I can spend as much as 100 to 140 hours to complete the project. Prices for my watch engraving ranges from several thousand dollars for a less time intense project up to ten thousand dollars or more for a full coverage more complex design. Yes, it is expensive but as I mentioned, I take no shortcuts and each watch gets my very best effort.
As for my schedule, I usually do not take in more than one watch engraving project per month. Hand engraving is intense and I can only work so many hours in a day. Normal lead time for a new watch engraving project can be several months or more in advance. Customers who are interested can place a deposit to hold a place in my schedule. Please contact me to find out about my current schedule.
The process: Most customers use their own watch repair person to disassemble the watch and then ship me the components (case, bezel and band) to be hand engraved. After listening to what the customer would like I design some layouts and email them to the customer for approval before I begin engraving. Once the engraving is finished I send pictures of the engraved pieces and then the customer sends the final payment. The customer then decides how they would like it shipped back to them.
I would be happy to hand engrave a watch for you!