I understand where Barnie-UK is coming from. On the tizen based samsung watches you had much more control over the notifications settings you could even have it on a different part of the screen. For me it doesn't annoy me but I have found on the Google based samsung watches they have moved alot of the setting. One irritation for me is if you turn your wrist away the watch goes back to sleep so in which case what is the point of screen timeout. Hopefully they will slowly refine the watch and catch up with the old tizen ones
I would think it better for a manufacturer to just leave things alone if they work rather than mess around and make things worse, I totally agree they need to work on numerous annoying features, Ongoing Notification Icons is just at the top of the list for me personally.