Could not parse watch status expecting field to hold a date – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to parse the watch status because it expects a field to hold a date, but the provided value is not in the correct date format. To resolve this issue, you can check the format of the date field and ensure it matches the expected format. If the date field is dynamic, you may need to explicitly map the field as a date type. Alternatively, you could use a script to transform the date into the correct format before indexing.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” could not parse watch status. expecting field [{}] to hold a date ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: rest-high-level, client.

Log Context

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

 } else if (Field.LAST_CHECKED.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 if (token.isValue()) {
 lastChecked = parseDate(currentFieldName; parser);
 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("could not parse watch status. expecting field [{}] to hold a date " +
 "value; found [{}] instead"; currentFieldName; token);
 } else if (Field.LAST_MET_CONDITION.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 if (token.isValue()) {
 lastMetCondition = parseDate(currentFieldName; parser);


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