Apple Watch pre-orders now open: shipping times range from weeks to months

The Apple Watch is here! Kind of. Pre-orders are now open online, which is honestly not as exciting as waiting in line for days in anticipation of the next big thing. However, the actual watches will take weeks, and for most people more than a month to arrive, as shipping times are surprisingly long.

We checked out shipping times for all three versions of the Apple Watch: the Sport, the stainless steel, and the premium Edition, and here's what we found:

  • Apple Watch Sport ships in June (!)
  • Apple Watch (stainless steel) shipping times are four to six weeks
  • Apple Watch Edition shipping times vary between models from July to August (!!)

Hey, but if you want to order a band without the watch it will arrive quicker: it only takes 2 to 4 weeks for most bands to ship. Some ship in May (classic buckle), and others are simply not available yet (modern buckle).

You can pre-order an Apple Watch at the Apple Store here (external link)

For late-night buyers, it's decision time now. So tell us, are you pre-ordering an Apple Watch and which one? And if not, feel free to bash others who do in the comments below. Just kidding, let's keep the discussion civilized.



1. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

But, but who will buy it for $350 to $17,000? This will be Apple's biggest flop! Wait for the second version, it won't sale, DONT BUY THE APPLE WATCH, ..................April 10th, SOLD OUT!!!!!!

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Tell me in 2 months how your new watch runs. Or maybe 3 months that way you can have a month to actually use it.

19. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

That was funny not gonna lie

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I see what they're trying to do, persuade iSheep to buy the more expensive stainless steel Apple Watch by only shipping the Apple Watch Sport in June...

11. thxultra

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

You could get the sport one between April 24th and May 8th when they started at 2am now they are backordered. Because it is much cheaper it isn't a surprise the sport modle is the most popular. I do think Apple makes the supply short on purpose though to drive up the hype.

12. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

That's been my theory all along, the Sport version is an scapegoat, like the 5c was.

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Typical apple BS. Trying to make the product more desirable than it actually is.

5. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I'm a little confused. So the April 24 date is a total lie. Nothing is shipping before May. And the Sport, which is the one most people will get, isn't shipping until June. So the 24th is a meaningless date. WTF!

8. Iodine

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

24 is the date most people will get their preorders.

10. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Debating on the stainless steel edition with either the leather band or sport band.. Would have done the sport but I want my sapphire glass :)

13. thxultra

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Ya I went with the Steel one just for the sapphire crystal. Would have gone with the sport watch if it had the sapphire crystal just because I'm worried the ion glass will scratch. I ended up with the sport band because I will probably use it when I workout a bit and the leather will get wrecked. Also think 3rd party bands will be out soon and be much cheaper...

16. beillax

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I ordered my Apple Watch sport black at 3:00 am (EDT) this morning and it says mine will ship between May 13th-May 27th. Hoping to get it before June.

17. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

The actual ship date would push it to around Google I/O 2015. By that time Moto 360 Version 2 and Samsung's new round Smart watch with some premium like finish will be announced.. what would actually be funny is if they are released before some people who preordered their Apple Watch actually receive their order! lol

18. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

So they play safely by deliver in June till August =DDD. what a joke !

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