The OP asked the question what you would consider to be the best affordable watches with completely (or nearly completely) original designs?
Quartz, yes, but not exactly garden variety.
Lol, I know, they always really attracted me as a watch, but never pulled the trigger on one. Also the zodiac Seawolf/super Seawolf. As the second ever dive watch with a rotating bezel (after the blancpain), even though they look like any other "dive watch"now they were revolutionary and unique at the time and new ones around the £1k mark again, Predate the Rolex submariner even, so who is copying who at that point 😉 library photos of the original and the new onesThat's interesting and unique. I'd want the minute hand to be about 50% larger to further differentiate it from the hour hand, but you sure as heck can't accuse them of copying anyone!