I'd say that $1,500 is a lot of money for a Spanish clone. I have two first generation Colt SAAs that cost less than $2,000. One was $1,700 on Gun Broker, and it has a shiney bore, sharp action, clean metal and good markings with about 20% finish. The other was $1,900 on Guns America and has about 50-60% finish (It has an after market rear blade sight installed, but it doesn't detract from the look of the gun.)
Take your time and buy a decent first generation SAA or buy a current model. That's better than buying a clone any day.