gwpriester wrote:This watch is no different from watches in this [$50-150] price range
That's not, strictly speaking, true. You're not going to find a self-winding, mechanical watch for very much under $200. And, when you do, it won't have a date window, sub dials, etc. You'd be doing very well to find an automatic watch that has a hacking movement and is hand-windable at that price point, even with a Chinese movement. You can buy quartz watches all day long at that price, of course, but a quartz movement isn't really the same thing.
gwpriester wrote:Citizen EcoDrive watches [...] never need batteries.
I'd be willing to bet that this isn't entirely true, either. At least, I have a Seiko Kinetic, which is a nice enough watch and a good timekeeper, but it absolutely has batteries. I'd be positively shocked if Citizen's EcoDrive didn't have batteries of some sort. As long as that's so, they'll need replacing sooner or later, when they stop holding a charge.
All that said, I think there's a lot of truth to the arguments that these are too much money for too little value for a lot of people (including me!), and, from a purely functional standpoint, a quartz movement will be a better timepiece for most.
(And, of course, you'd be paying a premium for the brand, relative to a hypothetical, comparable watch with a similarly-sized discount. )