watchOS 9 Has An Bug Where Two Finger Tap To Speak The Time Sounds Robotic

So after installing watchOS 9 I decided to do a number of tests to uncover all the new and cool things that Apple’s latest version of watchOS has. During that I stumbled upon this with the two finger tap to speak function. If you’re not familiar with that, you can place two fingers on the display and the Apple Watch will speak the time to you. But it’s not supposed to sound like this:

The voice sounds in credibly robotic. It supposed to sound like the Siri voice or the Mickey Mouse voice if you have that watch face enabled. I asked my wife to try the same thing on her Apple Watch and she got the same result. For fun, I downloaded the Mickey Mouse watch face and that worked as expected.

I poked around for a bit and got to “Settings” –> “Siri” — “Siri Voice” and saw this:

It looks like that as part of watchOS 9, it redownloads the Siri voice that is in use. I don’t know why it was doing that, but that’s it was doing confirmed by clicking on “Siri Voice”:

The circle on the right indicates it was waiting to download. So I put my watch on WiFi and let it download. Then I tried this experiment again. That didn’t work. I then rebooted my Apple Watch. That didn’t fix it. What was weird was that the Siri voice was working just fine the entire time.

Thus I have to assume that this is a bug. But in the interest of science, I’d love to know if you try this feature on your Apple Watch with watchOS 9, do you get the same result? Also, if you managed to fix this, I’d like to know how you did it. Please drop a note in the comments below with your feedback.

UPDATE: I was directed to a Reddit thread that illustrates that I am not the only person who has this issue.

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