Originally Posted by Louis XIV
Is there a watch that is similiar to this PP but with a more simplistic housing? At this moment I'll set my limit to $1000.
Frederique Constant, slim line range, http://www.frederique-constant.com/en/collections/103/fc-245m4s6.html
You can find simple designs from their classic range too. You will be resticted to their battery model, which is not a bad thing - you get a thinner watch, it is within your budget and will get a 2 year guarantee.
If you want an automatic, Longines La Grande Classique http://www.swisswatchesdirect.co.uk/swisswatches/l4_708_4_11_2-mens_watches.html
; however, not an ideal movement, difficult to repair outside of warrenty.
If you do plan to go the vintage route, you have to be careful - what is the cost of a service, how long before it needs a service, is there anything wrong with the watch is not obvious, etc. The cost of a vintage watch can add up quickly and in your position, avoid this route.
If you are looking at the 2nd hand market, an Omega Deville Prestige or Small seconds may be within yoru budget.With your budget, you should avoid gold; if you really want a gold watch, a 2nd hand Baume and Mercier Classima.