Rattling Digital Crown?

Nacket

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Is anyone else experiencing rattling from their digital crown when long haptic feedback is playing? I've noticed this when I double click the side button when no Apple Pay cards are set up (waiting for my credit union to announce support for it!) or send a heartbeat to someone. I'm not too sure if this is to some degree of normal, but it is quite audible and takes away from the silent notification aspect of the Apple watch that I like.
 
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Nacket

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It has drawn the attention of people from across a table during normal conversation, but it's not as audible in loud environments. I could just be too nit picky. Luckily it only occurs when I have prominent haptic turned on for notifications.
 

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It has drawn the attention of people from across a table during normal conversation, but it's not as audible in loud environments. I could just be too nit picky. Luckily it only occurs when I have prominent haptic turned on for notifications.
Are you sure it is the crown vibrating? IF so I would worry about it being water resistant as the seal around the crown shaft should not allow the crown to vibrate to the point you could hear it. Maybe something inside the watch?
 

Nacket

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It's definitely the crown, when I put my finger gently on it when it vibrates, the rattling stops. And it definitely doesn't sound like there's something loose inside, shaking the entire watch is silent.
 

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It's definitely the crown, when I put my finger gently on it when it vibrates, the rattling stops. And it definitely doesn't sound like there's something loose inside, shaking the entire watch is silent.
It may well be the crown, but my first watch and a number of others that I've read of have a "wobbly" side button. I can see where that might result in a rattle if the watch vibrates. I really don't see how the crown could. Can you move the crown by applying a very light pressure with your finger back and forth on it? Try that also on the side button. Mine was wobbly enough that I had trouble launching Apple Pay with the double push so they replaced it for me.
 

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I tried that, multiple times. It is on it way back to Apple for refund. Not sure I can go through this the 3rd time.
Man, you must have really bad luck. I'm on WatchOS 2.0 Beta 2 and it's working for me as long as I dont touch any settings (for now at least).
 

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Man, you must have really bad luck. I'm on WatchOS 2.0 Beta 2 and it's working for me as long as I dont touch any settings (for now at least).
Both of my watches started out working. The first was not real strong at first but wimped out and got even weaker. Was so excited when the second one arrived the the haptic motor was VERY STRONG! Slowly decreased until haptic taps are zero. Not even the smallest vibe anymore.
 
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Nacket

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It may well be the crown, but my first watch and a number of others that I've read of have a "wobbly" side button. I can see where that might result in a rattle if the watch vibrates. I really don't see how the crown could. Can you move the crown by applying a very light pressure with your finger back and forth on it? Try that also on the side button. Mine was wobbly enough that I had trouble launching Apple Pay with the double push so they replaced it for me.
The side button does have a bit of wobble to it, but nothing to the point that it makes it hard for the watch to register the double push. It's comparable to the wiggle of the lock button that many people with an iPhone have experienced (after two generations of iPhones with a slightly wobbly lock button, that's what I presume). Putting gentle pressure on that doesn't stop the rattling.
Both of my watches started out working. The first was not real strong at first but wimped out and got even weaker. Was so excited when the second one arrived the the haptic motor was VERY STRONG! Slowly decreased until haptic taps are zero. Not even the smallest vibe anymore.
I've felt that the vibration on my watch has been somewhat weak, hopefully it isn't a telltale sign of a failing Taptic Engine!