I'm looking into finally getting myself a nicer watch. I know that I for sure want it to be some kind of mechanical (not quartz) and would prefer an automatic so I don't have to wind it. For my first nice watch I'm looking at staying under $500 and want a clean looking design with a metal band. The watch that I have found that I think I really like based on pictures is the Seiko SARB035. I really like the look of it, and it seems like a really nice watch from everything I have read. My only concern is that you can't find it here in USA. You have to order it from Japan. This means I would have to order it before seeing it in person.
So the advice I'm looking for is two things:
1. What sort of things could I do to help determine if that really is the watch I should order, without being able to see it in person. Should I look at ones of similar sizes to make sure it's the right size? etc...
2. Are there any similar alternatives (any brand) that I could see in the US that I should consider getting instead because I could actually see it in person to make sure I like it.