I did look at a number of other pieces, several of which were intriguing (Frederique Constant seemed to be a great value; the AP Dual Time was impressive but I can't justify the price). The modern pieces that several members suggested were "interesting" but not for me. And several pieces (the JLC Hometime for instance) just didn't work for me - I still ended up "calculating" the time in the "other place" instead of just reading it (JLC's reverse 24 hour GMT dial - the "reference time indicator" - which is on the Hometime and the Reverso might as well have been in sanskrit). My wife and kids remind me periodically about my cognitive limitations - I don't need to spend big money for a watch which confirms what they say!
One [unsolicited] observation about the whole watch buying "process" - it really sucks. I am new to the "watch thing" and my prior purchases have been limited to a few Rolex models where I really knew what I wanted. This was different, I was looking for help and it oftentimes wasn't available. Tourneau/Chicago was the worst - it seems as if the salespeople believe that they can make up for their lack of knowledge with an unpleasant, condescending attitude. For the life of me, I can't understand how they sell anything. Oh well, I guess that's why there's vanilla and chocolate.
Next step is figuring out what to do with a two month old Explorer II....
Thanks to everyone for their input/suggestions. This thread is wonderful - extremely informative without drama or BS.