You have a lot of 1911s to choose from for under your price point of $1,200. With the stipulation of 9mm in blue (or perhaps "black", which many manufactures have instead of the tradition blue), you are a little limited at this time. What barrel length? The traditional and original length was 5" for a 1911, but when Colt offered the Commander in 9mm, it was 4 1/4".
In a 5", take a look at the Springfield Range Officer, Remington R1 Enhanced, Dan Wesson Vigil, and Colt Competition. In a Commander length, look at the Colt Commander.