My guess is the sheep is from the chinese zodiac meaning but for more information you can check here http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/Chinese_Customs/animals_symbolism.htm<old thread bump>
They do all sorts of engraving. Mostly clearly aimed at the Chinese. My Chinese freind told me the meaning of all these though tbh I can't remember the significance of the sheep in this picture. Lions, horses, eagles all have a meaning of bringing you good luck or good fortune according to Chinese traditions. You can also have your calendar year animal on the dial if you want.
Too much gold doesn't suit my personal tastes. But this kind of thing is much more likely to be suitable to Chinese tastes. Subtlety or minimalism isn't too prevelent.
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Ah thanks, your link reminded me. They're Deer not Sheep, symbolising "wealth, long life"My guess is the sheep is from the chinese zodiac meaning but for more information you can check here http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/Chinese_Customs/animals_symbolism.htm