Suunto Ambit2 R Glass Pitting – Broken

Suunto Ambit2 R broken glass - has some pitting.

I had this watch for one year. I don’t remember ever banging it hard, or even semi-forceful on anything. The other day I was thinking about selling it to upgrade to the next Suunto Ambit4 when it is released, and I checked it out carefully – and found pitting in the glass.

Pitting, a crack, I don’t know. Doesn’t look like a crack, just looks like the glass was affected by something and started to fall apart. Looks like pitting in the glass.

Closeup photo of the broken – pitted glass issue:

Pitted glass close up on watch face of Suunto Ambit2 R GPS runner's watch.

Anybody else having this issue?

So now, my Suunto Ambit2 R watch has a broken watch band, pitting in the glass, and the heart rate monitor died and I had to pay $70 to get it replaced.

Six months ago I was sure I would upgrade my Suunto Ambit2 R to a Ambit4 model.

Today? Not sure at all.


Suunto Ambit2 R Watch Band Strap Broken – Defective?

Suunto Ambit2 R GPS Runner's watch with broken watch band for wrist.

While sitting around cheerless waiting for some news – ANY NEWS about the SUUNTO AMBIT4 watches, I’ve been reading a lot. I read that many people had the Suunto Ambit2, Ambit3 watch band straps break on them – and I thought, wow, that sucks for them.

Now it sucks FOR ME because mine just broke. There must be a serious defect in these bands because one guy on EBay is selling them and has already sold over 100 bands. That’s one seller.

So, I live in Thailand. It’s not an issue of bringing the band from hot to cold. It’s never cold. It’s not a matter of abusing the band – I am always really careful when putting it on. Very careful.

It isn’t a matter of having it too long – I had the watch about one year. In that time my heart rate monitor died too!

Is Suunto putting out absolute JUNK products?

I don’t know. I can’t say that yet. The watch still works. Sure it has a micro-chip or pitting in the glass already. How that happened, I couldn’t begin to guess because I never hit it hard. I don’t remember ever hitting the watch face medium-hard.

So, I don’t know. I’m probably wide-open now for which GPS running watch I buy this year. I though the Suunto was a tank – and would last forever. If the bands and heart rate monitors are breaking within a year – and, get this, cost $70 to replace a plastic band! hah! Come on man, are you guys out of your minds?

I already bought another heart rate monitor, so all in this watch which was 1.5 years old when I bought it  – cost me about $250 initially, adding $70 for the HRM, and now another $30, assuming I can get this guy to sell a fake band to me and ship it to Thailand – which he says he doesn’t usually do.

$350 for this watch and bum accessories.

Not too happy with Suunto, as you might imagine.

Now, if they don’t nail the Ambit4 – I’m going to buy a Garmin next!


When Is the Suunto Ambit4 Release Date?

WHEN is the next Suunto Ambit – the Ambit4 – release date?

The official Suunto website is publishing “Last Minute Deals” on Suunto Ambit2 watches from the middle of this month.

Does that mean the Suunto Ambit4 GPS Sports Watches are to be released any day now?

There has been no date published from what I can find ANYWHERE online. There is speculation about the new Ambits HERE, but nothing definitive yet.

One thing is for sure, there is little agreement on the myriad options Suunto could choose to add to this new watch. There are dozens of ways it could go – and it will come down to a judgement call that best aligns with what people who have been buying their watches all along – want this time.

Personally, I’d like a number of changes. By far the biggest and most meaningful changes to implement with the new Ambit4 line would be:

  1. A bigger display so I can actually read the data while I’m running.
  2. Better contrast display – again, so I can actually read it while I’m running.
  3. Longer battery life. Like double. Add another compartment to the top of the watch like the GPS on the bottom, and fill it with battery and we’re good to go.

What are the ESSENTIAL AMBIT4 CHANGES you want to see in the next iteration?

List ’em in the comments!