Re: original apple watch
my original apple watch face just fell off, dangled at the end of a tiny ribbon cable about 2 inches long!
I could see a lot of empty space inside and a non swollen battery, as far as I could tell.
After fighting a way through the support.apple.com/watch website, which was obviously designed to keep customers away, it eventually wanted about £150 upfront in repair security before they would post me an envelope and consider my claim.
I instead booked at the nearest apple expert bar, went there happily and when they started to mention only two years warranty pay us about £150 upfront in repair security and we'll see what we can do - I countered with unmerchantable quality yada yada and the manager was called and agreed to a free investigation, then perhaps a free or perhaps a paid repair. The watch went to Breda in Holland, seemingly the only place that knows how to dissolve[*] the little glue strips that hold Series 0 and Series One together. (The waterproof Series Two & above use much better waterproof adhesive)
two days later, the nice Dutch confirmed what I had said, and I was invited back for a replacement Series One watch, as the Zero's have all gone. I now have an original apple watch updated to a Series One, and I suppose I'll be able to run WatchOS5?
[*] I supppose the first thing that Breda did was to check all the water indicators to prove/disprove that I didnt sweat or use in a swimming pool, as I kept it mostly dry - it was simply a failed adhesive.
At no point was I ever asked my opinion as to why the face fell off, perhaps it is random - or perhaps it was casually related to me testing a pulsed four kilowatt array of CREE 72 volt CXB3590 CoB Light Emitting Diodes for the week before the facefell off. I was wearing PPE sunglasses of course, but the > 4 suns at contact, enormous buckets of photons from the massive light emitting surfaces might not have had any effect on my upgrade? they never asked!