I suspect there are lots of threads asking for suggestions. Hopefully you're not too sick of them.
I'm brand new to this forum. I've been lurking for a while but just joined. I've been active on custom knife forums but never really spent too much time thinking about watches until recently. I'm starting to get the bug, I fear.
I'm a diver and have two nice Tag Heuer quartz dive watches I've owned for a long time. They're both quartz and need to be sent in for maintenance and batteries. Now that I'm getting excited about watches, I'm looking to add a nice automatic to my collection.
I'm interested in getting a new (or used) watch for everyday wear - work, play, dress (I'm never too fancy and would wear anything for dress). My preferred specifics include:
Budget $1K max
38-42 mm max / preferably not too thick - I have a 6.75" wrist and 39-40 seems to be the sweet spot for me depending on design
Auto movement - I'm not too knowledgable about movements and suspect I'll be happy with Swiss or Japanese
Steel case with display back
3 hands with date +/- day (although I wouldn't rule out a chrono if the face isn't too busy)
WR to at least 50m to permit swimming, snorkeling - not needed for diving
Will probably go with leather band and deployment buckle though open to bracelet or nylon
I prefer military and pilot designs but I'm open to others, rotating bezel not necessary but a double crown design with internal bezel appeals to me.
I prefer Arabic over Roman numerals.
My current favorites include Sinn 556i or a, Damasko A3x series, Archimede Outdoor Project and Pilot. I really like some of the Magrette, Dievas, and Lum Tec designs but I fear they're all too big for me. The Damasko's don't have an open back and are a bit over budget but I can't get them out of my head... I've looked at a bunch of stuff but I'm hoping someone will suggest THE ONE... Photos would be appreciated, of course.
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read all this and response.