When winding a manual, provided that I have a well sized crown, I always get a good, satisfactory feeling given by the elastic resistance of the spring. This is not the case with my automatics, the reason being the friction with the spring that disengage the racket wheel from the automatic winding system. Here is my experience from worst to best:
Miyota 8215 - this is the worst. I can feel and hear the scratching between parts - is almost like hearing the metal screaming at me "stop doing it!"
Valjoux 7750 - chronograph movement with quite a strong mainspring I believe. A little smoother than the Miyota and not that noisy, but it gives me alot of resistance.
ETA 2824-2 - Standard. More noisy than 7750 but less resistant. Still, the feeling of scratching something inside is quite strong.
Lord Elgin 760 - vintage movement. On par with ETA on resistance but with a higher note for the sound of scratching. I give it the upper hand as it is a 50 years old movement.
Seiko 6r15b - it seems Seiko put some research on giving a better winding feeling. Almost cannot hear it and so smooth that it goes on the other side. Is like winding through butter - this is not good either because you get almost no feedback from the spring.
Orient 40N51 - this seems to give the best feeling so far. No scratching noise and the resistance from the spring is pretty close to a manual but not quite there.
My experience is mostly limited to these movements. Perhaps on other watches, there are different systems that give better feeling. What is your experience when winding an automatic?