Could not parse watch failed to parse time value for field – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to parse the watch or time value due to incorrect formatting or invalid data. This could be due to a wrong date format or a missing field. To resolve this issue, you should first verify the format of your watch and time value. Ensure that the date format matches the expected format in Elasticsearch. If the field is missing, add it to your request. Also, check for any typos or syntax errors in your watch definition.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” could not parse watch [{}]. failed to parse time value for field [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “could not parse watch [{}]. failed to parse time value for field [{}]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 } else if (WatchField.THROTTLE_PERIOD_HUMAN.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 // Parser for human specified and 2.x backwards compatible throttle period
 try {
 throttlePeriod = WatcherDateTimeUtils.parseTimeValue(parser; WatchField.THROTTLE_PERIOD_HUMAN.toString());
 } catch (ElasticsearchParseException pe) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("could not parse watch [{}]. failed to parse time value for field [{}]";
 pe; id; currentFieldName);
 } else if (WatchField.ACTIONS.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 actions = actionRegistry.parseActions(id; parser);
 } else if (WatchField.METADATA.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {


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