When it comes to movements, there are groups who love automatics and those who love quartz. Some in each group will have both. You can find automatics and quartz from the most affordable all they way to high end brands. Case in point, Rolex and Omega have quartz models in their collection. Probably the most popular Omega would be the Aqua Terra.
Personally, the majority of my collection will be automatic with exception to my G-Shock and Luminox. However, there is one high end brand that has been piquing my interest lately that has some very appealing quartz models. The brand is Alpina, especially the Startimer collection. They have a chronograph big date with a camouflage grey dial that is super sexy. The grey dial with vintage lume, and all the hands are rose gold encased in a stainless case with a sand or khaki color cordura strap. But, the timepiece is a quartz. I understand that if it were an automatic chronograph, the price would be much higher.
The question for F71 is... When is it ok to buy a quartz? When you are looking at high end, would you buy the quartz model, or would you buy the same model in automatic. Do you believe that high end should be automatic only? Taking everything into consideration, especially the state of the world economy, is your belief that high end timepieces should be automatic only, or would you consider buying the quartz model?
The reason for my thread is to generate friendly discussion of the matter, and to help me understand the differences. Your participation/thoughts/impressions on the subject will be very much appreciated.