After four goals, two of them contenders for goal of the month and a contentious penalty decision not given Everton and Watford could not be separated as they shared the spoils in a dramatic game at Goodison Park.
The Hornet's Miguel Layun grabbed the opener in the sole goal of the first-half. The Toffees equalised through a typical Ross Barkley belter, though the parity did not last long as Odion Ighalo topped the long-range strike with a solo effort. However, Arouna Kone's effort minutes before the end meant the game ended as a draw.
The draw was Everton's third opening game stalemate in succession under manager Roberto Martinez since defeating Manchester United 1-0 with David Moyes in charge.
They had numerous chances to win it but many of their chances fell to Romelu Lukaku who still appears to have a hangover following last season's disappointing run. The worst moment came in the 52nd-minute as he headed over from point-blank range after Seamus Coleman assisted him with a cross on the right-hand side.
Everton's profligacy enabled Layun to score his first ever goal in the yellow of the Hornets in the 14th-minute. The goal came after the opposition defence failed to clear the ball and the Mexican hit it on the half-volley.
The home side had to wait until late in the second-half when Barkley sweetly connected with Kone's pull back to rifle the ball past former Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes in the 76th-minute.
Ighalo was a major part of Watford's promotion push last season but many doubted if he could make the step up; on the basis of that goal those fears were unfounded.
That said, the Vicarage Road side also conceded many goals which hounded their promotion hopes and it was easy to see why during Kone's goal. The Ivorian was able to turn and shoot in the box after the opposition defence failed to make a tackle in the build-up play.
Kone's goal in the 86th-minute was only his second in three seasons at Everton. Signed in 2013 he has been restricted to just 18 appearances as injuries have blighted his tenure.
Buoyed by the second equaliser Everton pushed for more and were nearly rewarded as Steven Naismith appeared to be tripped in the box although it was waved off in stoppage time.
Overall a draw was the perfect result but Watford will be the happier of the two sides. Six players made their debut for Quique Sanchez's side and they performed well with full-backs Allan Nyom and Jose Holebas looking composed going forward.
Meanwhile the pressure is on Sanchez's Spanish compatriot Martinez after a poor season last time out. Although Everton are traditionally slow starters under the former Swansea manager, they will need to buck a trend to get the critics off their backs.