As the subject says, I am clueless about watches but am looking for a gift for my boyfriend for Christmas. I have started doing some research and of course have come to realize there is SO much more to watches than I ever knew, so now I am feeling a little overwhelmed.
Anyway, I have only seen my boyfriend wear one watch. It is a Kenneth Cole (or Kenneth cole reaction) metal watch with metal strap. That is all I can remember about it. He liked wearing it, but something on it broke. So I casually mentioned that maybe I could get him a new one. We spent a very small amount of time glazing over some watches at a store, but I think it made him a little uncomfortable that we would be shopping for something for him, if that makes sense. So - as much as I would love for him to go out with me and pick one out, because I realize watches are very personal, I am not sure he is up for the shopping. If you all think this is definitely the way to go though I can try to convince him.
Anyway, here's what I know - He's 5'10 about 150 lbs to give you an idea of size (and help me figure out what size I should be looking for).
He likes minimal - no fancy compasses or dials all over the face. He's into mid century modern, minimal, type stuff just to give you an idea.
He likes mixed materials.
I think a metal watch, or brown leather (he wears brown leather shoes a lot - not sure if a watch is supposed to match shoes - see I'm clueless).
I was looking at some of these which I thought were very unique, but then read some later not so great reviews on these and other wood watches in general: HOLZKERN
Budget around $300? I think it could be cool to get something with interchangeable straps so he has some options.
Oh , his look - pretty preppy - think J Crew.
Thank you all! Happy to provide more info if it would help. Just looking for a starting point right now - brands to look for, brands to avoid, watches you really like in this price range and style, etc.