There is another way.
I wouldn't buy a fake, an "homage", nor a "cheap" brand for $5000-$1000. If it's "cheap", it might as well be my $30 Sekonda. As the picture above shows, the way to go if that's your budget and you want something respectable and pleasing, is vintage. There are plenty around from all sorts of wonderful makers, and even the less exclusive brands (Omega in my case) have a certain cachet if they're nicely restored and over a certain age.
My advice to the OP would be not to spend his $2000 on a new watch. Either spend it on an old one - and it's a world of wonders for that price - or wait until he can breach the $4000 barrier at which point the brand new "luxury watches" truly begin, I think.