Kind of a darned if you do, darned if you don’t situation. I get where you’re coming from, but the problem is so much of the watch industry is manaufactured in SE Asia, you can only truly avoid it if you stick with the truly in house manufacturers. Your sub $2k watches, even those marked as Swiss made, typically have their cases made in China. Swiss law allows that along as the majority of the value of the watch is Swiss.
Mom the cheap affordable side of the Chinese specials, I’ve had good experiences with Starking and Parnis personally, and fiyta seems to get a good level of recognition as having their stuff together. Your mileage may vary, of course.