There are lots of nice reel seats that unfortunately aren't available for public purchase. I'd love to find where to find the large knurled gun-metal seats from some of the higher end st. Croix rods. That being said, there are a lot of nice newer options with the cut-away style, etc.
I agree, there are several nice styles out there, but its a bit like taste in rods, you either love em or hate em. I happen to be a huge fan of Bellinger when I want a clasic look, they look nicer than struble, at least to me. And for salt, I like the Strubles. What I am having a hard time finding is a "new" super Hi-tec ultra light seat that I like......as in Helios or BVK. They both scream "I am the lightest thing out there" Which is important to some people.