Hello, all. Long time lurker but I don't post often. I recently sold my Seamaster and am looking for a replacement. Not expecting the same quality, but that's to be expected, as my budget is ~$500. I've spent a few hundred hours comparing various models, and have come to a few conclusions: while I am not set on a submariner homage, I really enjoy the Mako and Sxx700. Aside from that, I have a soft spot for Tissot as a brand, and am considering the PRC200 (blue, automatic, non-chron). Lastly, I love the Steinhart Ocean 1, and would have made up my mind if I could get one in blue.
I've read the comparisons between all these models, looked at tons of models by Citizen, CW, Hamilton, Seiko and just can't come down to a choice. I was pretty set on a SARB, but can't get over how thing the watch body is and that there doesn't seem to be lume on those models.
I realize that the selections I've made are very different, at that the highest quality of my options is likely the Steinhart. I would like, but do not require, a sapphire glass, reliable movement and a solid bracelet (Mako, Seiko don't meet this, but I can get a Strapcode bracelet to satisfy that). My needs for the watch are pretty utilitarian: won't be wearing it while doing car repairs, but I would like decent lume (even the poor Mako lume is fine) and I don't want something super dressy (which eliminates a lot of the vintage-esque Tissot and Seiko SARB models).
So...while this post is all over the place, what do you all think? With the models I've mentioned...any other things I should consider? How about other models/brands (within my budget)? Thanks in advance for any guidance!