I'll need it. It is a significant challenge. They are into the Rolex submariner price range now, but I do have an affinity towards Japanese design. Rolex spend money on marketing, grand seiko spend it on their dials. As an aside, I never knew Rolex is registered as a nonprofit organization...
@StoneAndSteel may I recommend the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical? 38mm, 24 hr dial, decent movement (I think an ETA), and a nice historical background.
Or, perhaps, the Citizen Eco-Drive 180 Day-Date? Eco-Drives are rather robust and it's cost effective enough to replace if needed.
Any WIP pics of this @Nathan the Machinist ? I do enjoy your WIP write ups and I sincerely doubt I'm the only one.
Heck. Any WIP of anything you have. I won't limit a request just to this. Feed me.