Sorry if this has been covered, in the past my eyes have glazed over when seeing watch threads; but now I've been tasked with finding one at short notice for a retirement present.
Is there a sweet spot for "budget" watches like there is for shoes? What's the cheapest I can get away with spending on a nice watch as a gift without just overpaying for brand names or "shiny! Pretty!"?
Budget is looking about $200-300. Can maybe go a bit higher. Or am I wasting my time?