+1 on the Oris TT1 recs. You can get the Oris TT1 Divers Titan for $875 which is just a hair over your price range. http://authenticwatches.com/63375627059mb.html Rubber strapped TT1's can be had for about the same price or even cheaper. Never purchased from this website, but they do have a physical store which reassuring.
9/18/08 at 6:29pm