Move over, Switzerland, Apple is now the world's largest watchmaker

 
Apple mentioned passingly that it noted a huge uptick in Watch wearable sales after the third version was introduced with cellular connectivity, but now analysts are fleshing out the numbers a bit more.

It turns out that Apple may have moved anywhere from 17.4-18 million smart timepieces last year, which is a 50% jump compared to 2016. Not only that, but almost half of those units may have been of the more expensive Apple Watch Series 3, while 13% opted for its top of the line LTE model. 

It would be an understatement to say that Apple had a banner Watch year. To put these numbers in perspective - the timepieces Apple moved in Q4 were more than what the entire Swiss watch industry shipped then, making Apple the world's largest watchmaker now, according to IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo. 

Apple lumps its Watch sales in the Other category of its record earnings report, and that group raked in more than $3 billion last quarter alone, so the push into smart wearables may very well pay off big time in the end.

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30 Comments

3. afrohoxha

Posts: 207; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Well, comparing shipments of a product that sells at a monetary value tens and hundreds times more than the other product compared at...it's not fair...at all.

6. bambamboogy02

Posts: 832; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Right. Look at how many more tires I sold (toy car tires) than GoodYear sold. Since I sold more volume, I have to be the best on the planet! YAY! YAY! YAY!

4. whatev

Posts: 2116; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Yes, we love the most successful company in the world, the largest watchmaker, the largest tablet maker and also the company with the best selling smartphone (it’s worth mentioning it belongs to the premium segment) :)

16. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I love my family and friends and my dog. Companies not so much.

7. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Love my Casio G-Shock the most!

29. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I too love mine. Hasn't failed me in 3-4 years of everyday use. I never even had to replace its batteries.

8. peace247 unregistered

It can't replace my seiko sarb.

10. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Not to mention it nowhere near replacing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Datejust Gold Crystal Dial Automatic Stainless Steel!

9. prakash_shewani

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 05, 2016

an average swiss watch costs around 803$ and apple watch costs around 400$ so going with the sheeple logic we can say that 1) they hate swiss watches because they can't afford them 2) cheap products always sell more in numbers

12. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

A swiss watch could last several hundred years, but any smart watch only last... 5 years the most?

11. Jrod99

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Whoa. Apple is killing it. Lol.

14. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

And next is HomePod, everything what Apple does are connected together making the experience loved by hundreds of millions.

25. mootu

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Nope! Homepod is not compatable with a Mac, only IOS devices.

32. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Wrong

20. gamehead unregistered

I'm surprised

21. mudcat626

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Shocked! I tell you......Apple Watch a flop, lol, Apple dominates the smart watch sector just like the tablet sector.......

22. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Still looks sh*t

30. trqster

Posts: 175; Member since: May 17, 2013

Imagine how many apple would sell if it was actually an attractive watch!

31. notfair

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Again the same stupid comparison... How in the world can one compare a traditional automatic watch with a smart watch that can last 3 years top and you have to charge it daily or twice a day? Idiotic.

33. alsupertramp

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 14, 2017

why dont you change the name to Applearena? Stupid comparsion

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