After months of waiting, it's almost time: This Friday the Apple Watch goes up for pre-order in several markets around the world but until now, we didn't know how long it would take for Apple to begin shipping the wearable. As spotted by Redmond Pie, Apple's own online stores in Germany and the UK have revealed that Apple will have short supply of the various Watch models at launch and some models may take six weeks to begin shipping.
So when can you expect your Apple Watch to be delivered? The Apple Watch Sport is listed with a delivery date between April 24th and May 8th along with some of the Apple Watch strap options while others, such as looped Apple Watch with Leather Strap is expected within four to six weeks. If you have a spare $10,000 (or even more with the other strap options), the Apple Watch Edition is expected to be delivered in May although availability might be an issue; Apple has revealed it's limited to select stores only and the Rose Gold edition is likely to be even more limited.
Here's a breakdown of the key dates:
- Apple Watch Sport: From April 24th to May 8th
- Apple Watch with Modern Leather Strap: Within 4 to 6 weeks
- Apple Watch with Link Strap: Within 4 to 6 weeks
- Apple Watch with Leather Strap (looped): Within 4 to 6 weeks
- Apple Watch with Classic Leather Strap: From April 24th to May 8th
- Apple Watch with Milanese Loop: From April 24th to May 8th
- Apple Watch with Sport Armband: From April 24th to May 8th
- Apple Watch Edition: Sometime in May
Pre-orders for the Apple Watch begin at 12:01 am PDT (8:01 am BST) this Friday and it's worth checking your iTunes account (or setting one up if you don't have one) in advance as the Apple Watch is likely to sell out pretty quickly.
Are you planning on buying one and if so, which one? Head on over to our Apple Watch poll and have your say now!