I already own the Ray Raven II (the PVD coated one), but I can say that it is a wonderful watch. I am wearing it on a BluShark NATO right now (the stainless bracelet is surprisingly good for a $245 watch). I bought the watch from Long Island Watches primarily because I wanted a PVD black watch that was automatic and did not cost a fortune (Marathon!).
I do think the blue Ray is a good looking watch. It is also hand-winding, which is a necessity for me.
Personally, I want the blue Orient World Time. I also own the blue Orient Sun and Moon, which has been sold out everywhere for a while. That watch is fantastic . (although the strap is fake alligator so I had to upgrade it.