As for your experience, I suppose like any product a few "bad" eggs go out the factory door. Plus, you mention some things that are subjectiveI somewhat agree with the night brightness, but think the alarm is plenty loud. If it leaked, that's certainly a warranty issue, and they should have taken care of it promptly. Not having had any warranty issues, I can't speak up on St. Moritz's performance in that department.
Overall, I still think the Pathfinder TI is the bestor among the bestin general-purpose sport watches. So long as you don't need digital features such as a stopwatch, it's tough, accurate, not bad looking, and has that rare feature in an analog watch, an alarm.
In short, no error here!