The emphasis here is on the $1000 mark....I'm going to have a soft $1000 (unexpected Christmas bonus) to allocate towards a watch.
I know there's A LOT of value at $500-$600 - Cave Dweller/Reef Ranger, Auto Divemaster, Lum-Tec, Almighty SARB, Hamilton, Zeno (the list goes way on...)
The problem is that as I get close to $1000 I can't think of anything that justifies going beyond that $600ish mark. Oris, Raymond Weil, low-end Tag, low-end B&M...I feel like I'd be paying an extra $300-400 for a fancier name with no real gain in terms of watch value.
Responses from this thread seem to reinforce that notion: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/fav...ch-594362.html It looks like all the recommendations are significantly below $1000.
At the moment, my thoughts are split between something in that $600 range or selling one of my affordables and going for a Sinn U1