I want to buy a pocket watch to give to my significant other in a couple of months. I do not know anything about pocket watches, however, and looking at ebay made it really clear how clueless I am. I don't know a good pocket watch from a bad one.
I am interested in an older watch as I think this would appeal to him, but am also willing to look at new watches. I think he would like one that is silver in color (though the type of metal does not much matter), requires winding with a key, and that has a case that covers the front and the back (I think this is called "hunter" style?).
I'm hoping to spend less than $500 and I don't want to buy something that requires any steps on my part after purchase such as having it cleaned and serviced before giving it as a gift.
I'd appreciate any recommendations from people with knowledge of pocket watches about particular watches and/or reputable sellers of pocket watches.
Thank you much!