I been to several discussions on F2 mechanical wonder VS quartz.
One of the arguments of mechanical watch enthusiasts (not going to define what kind of enthusiasts) is what kind of marvel and ingenuity and history of discovery mechanical watch is.
Thing is quartz watch and digital quartz watch pack far more R&D than any mechanical watch.
Also Quartz is around for 100 years.
Solar Cell: photo effect Nobel Prize awarded to Albert Einstein
Semiconductors: Nobel Prize awarded to 3 scientists among them William Bradford Shockley Jr
Fell free to chip in with your findings!