I like both designs on how they tell time. I don't own an auto/mechanical right now and I have Solar, Kinetic, and Lithium powered watches. Ordinary batteries don't appeal to me much.
Don't get me wrong, I like automatics/mechanicals too, especially when I see its back and you could see the escapement/balance wheel in action and you actually supply the power by winding the mainspring. I'm considering getting one in the near future.
I just don't get it when others see quartz movement as inferior to their automatics. Some might even claim their watch is more accurate than a quartz. When arguments like these arise, I tend to side the quartz. That is, long life or rechargeable ones.
I don't consider myself a true WIS yet although I have learned a lot since joining WUS.
Does a WIS appreciate both automatics and quartz?