For those who doesn't yet know, a "dead beat" complication is a complication which is added to make the second hand in mechanical watches ticks one time per second, similar to how quartz watches work in general. It's also called "jumping seconds", "seconde morte" (dead seconds), or "tru-beat" in Rolex' terminology. Click this link for a vid:
While the relative smoothness of the sweeping second hand is one reason that makes mechanicals so mesmerizing and unique (not here), I admit that sometime I miss the one tick per second of a quartz because it's just easier to synchronize with the mind if you're timing something (maybe the crude tick is less desirable in chronographs or if you're counting pulses). So it made me think when I saw that Rolex vid.
For "looks" only, do you prefer that your mechanicals "to tick as opposed to sweep smoothly"? If I have to guess, I think the majority will vote "NO" As for me, I'm kind of undecided because I also love smooth sweeping hands
PS: Is there "jumping minutes" complication? I think it'll be wonderful if we combine the two together for "legibility" purpose.