Which do the masses prefer? Autos, Handwind, or Quartz?

So, @Aurelian, @roeelupo, and I had a discussion yesterday involving our respective preferences for the method for powering the watch on our wrist. They each seemed to prefer handwinders. I, for one, prefer automatics. I respect the heritage and history of handwinding, but with my recent experiences with a handwinder (the Phylida Speedy homage) have only reinforced my belief that while the occasional handwinder might be OK, it's really automatics that are more my speed. With my handwinder, I am always concerned that I could overwind the mainspring and break it, or that it might go dead on my wrist. I feel that automatics, on the other hand, combine the best of all worlds - I get the nice elegant sweep of the seconds hand without having to worry about running out of power (given that I move a bit during the day) or the mainspring overwinding and snapping. And between handwinders and autos, I haven't experienced much difference. Back in the days of my ignorance (i.e. when I wore quartz pieces regularly), it seemed like other than my Citizen Eco-Drive, every time I actually needed a watch, the battery was dead. Also, while the accuracy is a plus compared to the autos and handwinders, the tick-tick-tick of the second hand is less than elegant. I'm curious to see the overall preferences, especially on this platform, where we are pretty much all enthusiasts. NOTE: For purposes of the poll, I'd consider Spring Drive and Kinetic powered watches to fall more closely into the automatic category (since they wind via movement) and solar to fall into the quartz category.

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Quartz is best. 

Handwinders are the next best thing. They are simple, quick and easy to power and you know where you stand once wound. They can be thin, and if one is a fruitcake that wants to ogle movements, there's no spinner covering half the thing.

Automatics are okay if you have just one watch, I guess. They just seem like a gimmick, really. They are the smallest portion of my watches. 

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I perfer an auto but still like quartz which is a more accurate way of measuring time. Just my 2 cents.

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For a dress watch i would want the automatic/selfwind but for an every day/a grab your watch and go i would want quartz.

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OscarKlosoff

Quartz is best. 

Handwinders are the next best thing. They are simple, quick and easy to power and you know where you stand once wound. They can be thin, and if one is a fruitcake that wants to ogle movements, there's no spinner covering half the thing.

Automatics are okay if you have just one watch, I guess. They just seem like a gimmick, really. They are the smallest portion of my watches. 

I think the difference for me is the thinness. That's why automatics are not my favorite. I have a few watches that seem to be all acrylic crystal.

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(1960's Hamilton, manual wind)

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Manual wind. I’m not sure what the burning fingers have to do with it, and I will spare you the “bonding” nonsense. I simply like the fact that I can wind it, take it on and off as I please, and the power reserve will be good to go until I wind it the next day.

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manual watches, you really bond with the watch when you have to wind it manually every morning

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I mostly own automatic watches but my secret is that I prefer quartz for being hassle free, reliable, robust and precise. The only reason I don't own more quartz watches is because the quartz movement that I prefer and consider superior to all other is the one used in the Bulova Precisionists and Accutron II that have a smooth sweeping second's hands, and which have the problem of being too large to fit smaller watches and are restricted to Bulova.

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Auto with hand winding is probably the bulk of my serious watch collection but I do like a good quartz, I would love a GS SBGN003 or it's new variant the SGBN027. Oh and I am absolutely going to get a Bethpage Amerigraph with bits exhibition case back to show off it's lovely quartz movement.

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I prefer auto-windning over manual. The only manual winder I have is an Elgin pocket watch from the 20s (probably). I am expecting to buy 2 Hamilton Railroad pocket watches from a friend who has not interest in collecting; he inherited them from his granddad who worked for 20-30 years in the RR.

I do have 3 quartz watches, but a rarely wear them. 2 are G-Shocks; I think every collector should own one.

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Catskinner

I mostly own automatic watches but my secret is that I prefer quartz for being hassle free, reliable, robust and precise. The only reason I don't own more quartz watches is because the quartz movement that I prefer and consider superior to all other is the one used in the Bulova Precisionists and Accutron II that have a smooth sweeping second's hands, and which have the problem of being too large to fit smaller watches and are restricted to Bulova.

Oh yeah, Luna pilot needs to be incoming at some point next year. Thanks for reminding me 🤣

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Quartz please! Accuracy, slim, ease.

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It's horses for courses, no? General preference would be auto for anything sports adjacent, hand wind for anything dressy and (cheap) quartz for anything that I seriously think might take a kicking (I wouldn't run, decorate, move house etc.) in anything other than a <£25 Casio, for example. Exception that proves the rule would be GS quartz that can do it all and deserves more love from the community.

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If it is something I want to bore my godson with (he doesn't seem to mind and likes gears)  I prefer the autowinding.  Also people I hang out with, also seem to want to have a coversation longer than two mintues on the history of automatics than quartz or handwinders.  I only hypothesis at this point is the quartz doesn't have as many parts and changes to them over the years to talk about.  Secondly the people I know are like me and to lazy to wind a watch.  Most of the movement I have are automatic and quartz.  

On accuracy, my google tells me when and where to do things....

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I like automatic watches. For no good reason. I just do 😑

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Probably automatic but if you ask me tomorrow it would be quartz. I do like a handwinder too!

So I like them all.

My growing collection of twenty five odd watches is half quartz, the rest automatics and two hand winders which probably actually reflects how I feel?

I like the idea of the quartz automatic hybrids but I haven't been there yet. 

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I'm very new to this, but for me it depends on the type of watch. For a simple three hander, autos are great and they maintain that romantic connection to keeping time with a machine. If there are complications, like a chronograph, then I favor quartz. That is based on my perceived maintenance costs.

But like I stated at the beginning, I've only been on this journey for a little over a year and am super excited to be part of this community.