I am looking to purchase my first respectable (in my income bracket) watch. My price limit is $500, but I would prefer spend around $250-300. I have been considering a Citizen Ecodrive or going the Seiko route, but a big part of me doesn't want to get such a common watch. I am a sucker for having a conversation piece, and was wondering if anyone had any input on quality brands that aren't particularly well known.
I know that my criterion is quite broad, but maybe if a few people have some "cult classics" that I could just browse through to get me started. I love doing my own research, but quite frankly I don't know where to begin when it comes to discovering a brand. My only real necessity is that the watch is automatic, and can be worn in every day use for business casual.
Thank you in advance