About 20 years ago I had a Seiko watch that had applied dial markers, little metal widgets. After a few years one of the markers fell off, and wedged itself between the hands somehow. I took it in for service, and after about 2 months (and more money than it should have cost), I got it back fixed. After a few more months, another marker fell off. I just tossed the watch after that. This watch was not a cheapo, it would be about $300 in 2009 dollars.
So fast forward to today, and I'm looking to make my first automatic watch purchase in the near future and will be willing to pay a goodly amount to get a high quality watch. But one of the front-runners in my choices has rather prominent applied dial markers (it's the Ball Cleveland Express).
Could those of you with a lot of experience in the watch world reassure me a little? I'd love to get this watch, but I worry about those markers. Is it a pretty rare occurrence to have them fall off?