@brad_olwin absolutely agree with you. My experiences from Germany are roughly the same. As soon as you have the ticket from support to send it back / to Suunto miracles happen.
Touchscreen in Spartan Sport WHR without function - sent to Finland, repaired and returned to my place in only 4 days, free of charge. Button no longer woirk ed on my 6d - 4 days, repaired and returned free of charge, writing for the buttons for scratched (too easily) of the watch - repaired and returned free if charge. Best support for hardware ever.
Parts of the support staff to communicate with at the beginning seem rather at least a little bit overwhelmed and not too knowledgeable about details after their helpfile/database ends.