So I'm planning on purchasing my first nice watch in a few months, and looking for some suggestions on brands to research to broaden my search. My budget is around $1,500 and I am looking for a automatic chronograph that I can wear everyday. I dress casual for work (khakis and a polo) and wear short sleeves a majority of the time so I am looking for something less formal and pretty subtle style. In a perfect world I would buy my dream watch, Tag Heuer Carrera 1887 Chronograph with a white face and steel bracelet (model CAR2111.BA0720), but it is way over my price range.
I want a watch around 41 mm (I have a 7 inch wrist) that is relatively thin (going to be tough to find in my price range). Other watches I like are the Longines column-wheel chronograph (L2.722.214.171.124) but want a steel bracelet, the Longines Master Collection chronograph (L2.6126.96.36.199) but would prefer it without the arabic numbers, and the Hamilton Thinline Chrono (H38612153) but want an auto. My knowledge on brands is clearly limited, so do you guys have any suggestions on other watches I should look at in a similar style. Thanks for the help.