I don't like the Marinemaster script too on both; it makes both watch faces look too busy.
As for the price increase, I think what Seiko's charging for both watches is long overdue. Tag, Rolex, Omega, Panerai, and Piaget are a small handful of watch companies to name a few which charge even more for their watches. Does that mean their watches are built better than Seiko's higher end dive watches?
And even if there's some other swiss-made watches which are built better than Seiko's 300m, 600m and 1000m watches, how much are they charging compared to Seiko?
If I have the money, I will definitely buy the Seiko 1000m auto. Until then, I have my 300m SBBN007 to keep me company.