I bought a Seiko PADI Tuna 2 weeks ago with the intent to use it as my beater watch. I haven't even gotten the chance to use it outside the house.
Today, I accidentally had a light knock against a painted wooden door frame which I've done with many watches before. It usually leaves some scratches/scuffs on where I hit it and I have the Rolex and Omega scars to prove it. The plastic shroud took 100% of the impact and there is no visual damage on the bezel, the screws, or the lugs. "Cool," I thought, "the shroud handled it like a boss as designed!"
Then I noticed something.
Did I scratch the Hardlex? I took out my loupe to confirm. The dial had cracked. It extends from under the chapter ring, through the 1 o'clock marker, into the center stack. The entire watch looks to be in perfect condition except for the dial. The shock was transferred from the case directly to the dial. WTF? It certainly wasn't there before as I was taking macro shots of the dial yesterday.
Yes, it was my fault for carelessly knocking the watch against the door frame (wear & tear, right?) but this is beyond a bad design when the entire watch shows zero wear from a light knock but the dial is destroyed. I've purchased quite a few Seikos in my lifetime but this will be the last Seiko will ever see of my money.