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Consider a mohair or fresco weave suit with half/quarter bemberg lining. Should help considerably in the heat. 
  Orient Ray Mod, "Monster Ray" after many months of waiting for parts from the factory. Changed the hands to Seiko Monster from Yobokies and got a domed acrylic crystal from Cousins UK. 
I got a SRP601, one of the new Seiko 5 monster watches on a leather nato strap
Looks good. Is there any information as to the beats per hour for the movement and whether it is hackable?
Alternatively, try this Hamilton homage by Beijing Watch Factory. I would've gotten this if I hadn't decided to try my luck with the now-broken Orient.  http://www.good-stuffs.com/New-Beijing-primitivism-16-automatic-dress-watch_p_116.html 
My date pusher on the Orient Ray just broke when installing a new crystal and it's a pain getting a replacement part in Sydney. I'd stick with a Hamilton or a Seiko. Better servicability and easier to get parts if you're out of warranty. 
There is the new Orient Bambino if you don't mind the off white/cream dial  
 Now as much as people don't like going on Aliexpress, I've previously bought one from this seller to replace one from a Fossil and the quality seems reasonable for something under $25.  Can also try http://www.internationalwatchman.com/home.html
I've picked up a few cheaper cordovan straps from ebay for under $60 shipped but they tend to be one-offs and don't come up all that often. Hadley Romas and Hirsch are quite good for the price. What's your price range? 
@Foxhound , you should consider the Seiko SNZF17K1 . If you don't like the dial or hands, you can order some replacements from Yokobies or Dagaz watch and have any accomplished jeweller replace them with a pressure test afterwards. I'm trying this with an Orient Ray that I picked up for cheap from Long Island.  
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