This could all change while I'm on watch-buying hiatus. Or not change but watches could become unavailable or inflate in price beyond what I'm willing to spend but for now here are the three:
Benarus Moray Dart 44 (gray first choice but would "suffer" black dial)
Citizen Promaster 2128-05E
Citizen Promaster 2135-00E.
Some Related Notes:
I currently own 7 automatic watches. Service costs may not accrue for another 7 years or so but I'm aware services can be pricey, in the thousands for 7 watches, so I'm trying to keep my automatic collection down. I would be wise to sell an automatic for every new one.
I'm trying to steer my desires toward Eco-Drives because they represent the lowest service cost that I know of.
A Blog to Watch has a great review with stunning pics and video of the Citizen BJ2128-05E and says while being a utlility diver with a depth meter, it still plays well as an every day watch. I agree. This watch is growing on me.
Jonny has apprised of this Watchuseek post about a reader who photographed Watch Time magazine to get this watch exclusive, a Citizen Grand Touring Sport Diver. I'll go out on a limb and say the Citizen Signature series are the best luxury bank for buck deal out there.
I was swooned by Internet photos of the Infiniti Q50 and then a neighbor bought a slate blue gray one. Love the color but the actual car looks like the new Nissan Altima. I'd rather buy a one-year old Infiniti M37 and get some real luxury.
Jonny asked me if there was one watch I'd take if I had to trade in my entire collection (14 watches worth about $5,500) and the answer is the Panerai PAM 305 with 47mm bezel. That watch, a little over $9,000 new, defines me and my watch obsession more than any other. I have no doubt in my mind that having this watch would make me feel whole and complete.