I own some nice quartz watches, but I bought them before I really understood what a watch could be. I wish someone would have educated me years ago. If your gift is for a potential collector, I'd suggest that you start him/her on the right foot and get the automatic. The gesture means more because you know what it means. If he or she decides that convenience is most important, they can buy themselves a quartz. In the meantime, you will know that you gave the best choice. Eventually, the new owner will come to realize what you had done.