I've been poking around the forums and decided to make an account to get some general opinions. My boyfriend and I are approaching seven years together and I've started thinking about proposing. I want to save rings for the actual wedding, and a pocket watch sounds like a good alternative... But I've never bought a nice watch for anyone, so I'm not really sure which brands to trust or what to look for.
BF is not necessarily a watch collector. He's been wearing a cheap Velcro-strap digital thing for as long as I've known him, so he's not going to notice the difference between Swiss-made or American-made or anything like that. I suspect he's mostly going to appreciate the aesthetic of having a pocket watch.
I'd really like to find something durable, that's going to last for our lifetimes without cracking or breaking. It doesn't have to be a super fancy, keeps-time-to-the-millisecond kind of affair, but I don't want to risk buying some $60 toy from China that has to be wound every half hour to keep the time correctly. I just want something solid and beautiful for him to be able to keep for seventy years or so.
I have a fairly low budget for this, preferably around $500-$600 since I'd also like to get it engraved. Any thoughts or ideas on brands that I should look at? Anything I should definitely try to avoid? All advice is appreciated!! :)