I believe Genta was only 23 when he designed that.
Following this exploit, Universal GenÃ¨ve introduced a watch with the name "Polarouter" in fall 1954. It was created and designed by one of the most admired watchmakers of the 20th century, Gerald Genta. He later created the "Royal Oak" for Audemars Piguet and the "Nautilus" for Patek Philippe.
Hamilton has many more expensive watches, but there are cheaper ones as well. All of these retail above $500, but can be found well below that even from AD channels as mentioned. They have all of the qualities you mention (sapphire crystal, swiss ETA movement), and IMO, look great as well. No knock against CW, as I haven't ever handled one and they look fine, but they are not unique.
sorry to quote something so old...but name, model number and link for the hamilton, please? also, any additional pictures of this watch? maybe a straight shot of the dial?