OUCH. That really sucks, r0k! Garmin has been a weird one the last few years; I think they've churned out so many new models it's hard to measure their quality vs quantity anymore. The 220 is the one without a heart rate monitor on the wrist, right? Can't help you much, except to say when I was training regularly for 1/2 marathons, I found my cheap digital Timex to work as a fallback when my Garmin was dead. Sometimes I still miss that old beater watch.