My Apple Watch finally died...

matt550

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I bought the Apple Watch on launch day. Space Grey Sprt. Wore it pretty much everyday since then. Few days ago it started acting weird, heart rate would read 200+ all the time, every time the screen would go black it would lock the Watch. It takes 5-10 minutes to boot up when powered up. I think she’s done for... can’t decide if I want another or not...? Might wait for the 3rd generation and see what that’s like!
 

arkitect

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Just over 2 years worth of use?
I'd say that's pretty piss poor performance/value.

Now it can't even tell the correct time twice a day like a broken mechanical watch…
 

chevelleguy3

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My Space Gray 42mm Sport is still working flawlessly. Yes, its a bit slow compared to the Series 2 but it works and even the battery holds an all day charge still. I've worn it every day since launch day with the exception of just a handful of times when I either forgot to put it on or I couldn't wear it for some reason.
 

Ffosse

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That's too soon to die....I'm not sure how long they last but would expect 3 years, surely?
 

jbachandouris

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I bought the Apple Watch on launch day. Space Grey Sprt. Wore it pretty much everyday since then. Few days ago it started acting weird, heart rate would read 200+ all the time, every time the screen would go black it would lock the Watch. It takes 5-10 minutes to boot up when powered up. I think she’s done for... can’t decide if I want another or not...? Might wait for the 3rd generation and see what that’s like!
I would contact Apple if I were you. You never know, it may be a battery issue and they're extended that out to 3 years I believe. The worst they can say is no.
 

Mlrollin91

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I bought the Apple Watch on launch day. Space Grey Sprt. Wore it pretty much everyday since then. Few days ago it started acting weird, heart rate would read 200+ all the time, every time the screen would go black it would lock the Watch. It takes 5-10 minutes to boot up when powered up. I think she’s done for... can’t decide if I want another or not...? Might wait for the 3rd generation and see what that’s like!
Why not just restore it as new and re-pair it? My first generation is still going strong. I had it replaced earlier in the year, but it still the same components.
 

bopajuice

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Sorry for your loss. How old was it?

To be honest, longevity is part of the reason I have held off on buying one. When it comes to a phone I can justify the cost and need to replace it every couple of years, but for me some reason I feel a watch is something you buy and wear for years. Maybe I'm stuck in the past. But for me I feel a watch is meant to last. At the very least something you can swim with without worry and wear for a week at a time or more.
 

Mlrollin91

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Sorry for your loss. How old was it?

To be honest, longevity is part of the reason I have held off on buying one. When it comes to a phone I can justify the cost and need to replace it every couple of years, but for me some reason I feel a watch is something you buy and wear for years. Maybe I'm stuck in the past. But for me I feel a watch is meant to last. At the very least something you can swim with without worry and wear for a week at a time or more.
I'm wearing a gen 1 Apple Watch. It was replaced in Feb. but its still a generation 1 and i have no problems with it. If the 3 is introduced this year, I am going to pass and wait till the 4, if the 3 is introduced next Spring, I may consider it. But I am now well over 2 years into the product and have no issues with it at all. The watch has definitely lasted me, and I don't foresee it stopping anytime soon unless I break it.
 
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Relentless Power

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Why not just restore it as new and re-pair it? My first generation is still going strong. I had it replaced earlier in the year, but it still the same components.
The thread title says the OP's Apple Watch "Finally died". So the OP wouldn't be able to restore it or re-pair it if it won't power on.

And then it post #3, OP stated they were surprised it lasted as long as it did.
 

Mlrollin91

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The thread title says the OP's Apple Watch "Finally died". So the OP wouldn't be able to restore it or re-pair it if it won't power on.

And then it post #3, OP stated they were surprised it lasted as long as it did.
The OP is claiming it just is slow to boot. The OP is claiming its "dead" because its slow and doesn't work as he expects it to. I think it powers on just fine, he is just being dramatic in calling it dead.

"heart rate would read 200+ all the time, every time the screen would go black it would lock the Watch. It takes 5-10 minutes to boot up when powered up. I think she’s done for..."

The heart rate/locking issue is related to the sensor, its possible its lose and Apple will replace it for free due to the extension of the warranty for that issue.

Still wouldn't call it "dead" though. My opinion.
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I bought the Apple Watch on launch day. Space Grey Sprt. Wore it pretty much everyday since then. Few days ago it started acting weird, heart rate would read 200+ all the time, every time the screen would go black it would lock the Watch. It takes 5-10 minutes to boot up when powered up. I think she’s done for... can’t decide if I want another or not...? Might wait for the 3rd generation and see what that’s like!
Contact Apple and mention this: https://www.macrumors.com/2017/07/11/apple-watch-back-cover-service-policy/

My GF had an Apple Watch that kept auto-locking and it was because the backplate was lose. They replaced it for free.
 

Relentless Power

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The OP is claiming it just is slow to boot. The OP is claiming its "dead" because its slow and doesn't work as he expects it to. I think it powers on just fine, he is just being dramatic in calling it dead
I get that. I'm going by simple logic based off the thread title "My Apple Watch finally died" and Post #3 saying they were "Surprised It lasted as long as it did", which sounds past tense to me.

@matt550. Please confirm, Is your Apple Watch completely dead or will it power on at all?
 

Mlrollin91

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I get that. I'm going by simple logic based off the thread title "My Apple Watch finally died" and Post #3 saying they were "Surprised It lasted as long as it did", which sounds past tense to me.

@matt550. Please confirm, Is your Apple Watch completely dead or will it power on at all?
I totally get where you are coming from, but his own OP says its slow to boot and it keeps auto locking. So that could be software related or an issue with the backplate. Regardless, both can be fixed. Software you can restore, backplate, Apple will fix for free, even out of warranty.
 

Relentless Power

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I totally get where you are coming from, but his own OP says its slow to boot and it keeps auto locking. So that could be software related or an issue with the backplate. Regardless, both can be fixed. Software you can restore, backplate, Apple will fix for free, even out of warranty.
Let's allow the OP to clear the confusion First if the Watch does not powers on. Which if it does not power on, I made some suggestions for troubleshooting in post #9. But I agree there is likely a chance Apple can help with the repair or out of warranty work.
 
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