It can be very hard to rouse a watch snob. Even if you have a Rolex Submariner, one of the most desirable watches to own, they're often not impressed because its hour hand resembles a Mercedes emblem instead of a snowflake, or it has guards around its crown.
But that doesn't mean you're out of luck. When a watch snob studies a watch, there are usually a few things at play: the movement, the size, the influences, the features, and general design touches—as far from garish as possible. And contrary to what some people on forums might say, you can do pretty well under $500.