Apple Watch Is Here… (Price, Release Date)

While a $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, But Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (Which Will Probably Come in Like a Year)?

An Apple Watch… am I getting one? Yes. Yes, I am. Mostly become I’m both an Apple addict and a watch addict. But, which is the Apple Watch to get? With 38 different models in two sizes (38 mm and 42 mm) and three different metals (or six if you split rose and yellow gold and the black PVD and silver aluminum & steel variations) deciding on the right one may be complicated. Here’s a breakdown of the different options and some of my thoughts on each. Or, do you just wait for the Apple Watch 2, which if Apple keeps to form will come out in like a year or two (likely with better options, longer battery life and maybe even a camera).

Apple Watch in Stainless Steel with Milanese Bracelet

Apple Watch in Stainless Steel with Milanese Bracelet

First off, they all pretty much do the same stuff from a technology and functional standpoint. When Apple first announced their smart-watch a few months ago, I posted the basic specs, here, and since then Apple has shared a few more details.

 

The Apple Watch will communicate with your iPhone over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you don’t loose connectivity if your phone is on the other side of the house, charging. Speaking of charging, Apple claims the Watch’s battery life should last about 18-hours. Not terrible. The Apple Watch also will get its own downloadable apps from a dedicated Apple Watch Store including the ability to link with other Apple Watches to share all sorts of inane stuff like your heartbeat and sketches.

Apple Watch Pulse Sensor

Aluminum Apple Watch Sport and Stainless Steel Apple Watch with Modern Buckle

They’re all basically mini iPods combined with FitBits, all with connectivity to Wi-Fi and an interface with your iPhone. They all have touch screens clad in Gorilla Glass. They all use Apple’s MagSafe charging.

 

So, basically the differences between the 38 models of the Apple Watch (it’s really hard not to call it the Apple iWatch, by the way) come down to size, band/bracelet/strap and case material. It’s a lot like pretty much all watches in that way, be it an Audemars Piguet or Hamilton. Here’s how everything breaks down…

Apple Watch Sport Price and Styles:

  • CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum Alloy (think iPhone body)
  • CASE COLOR AND FINISH:
    • Satin-Finished Silver
    • Space Gray (PVD)
  • APPLE WATCH SPORT PRICES AND CASE SIZES:
    • 38mm Price: US $349 (Australia Price: AU$499, UK Price: £299)
    • 42mm Price: US $399 (Australia Price: AU$579, UK Price: £339)
  • BAND COLORS AND OPTIONS:
    • White (Silver)
    • Blue (Silver)
    • Green (Silver)
    • Pink (Silver)
    • Black (Space Gray)

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Price and Styles:

  • CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
  • CASE COLOR AND FINISH:
    • Polished Steel
    • Polished Space Black (PVD) (Space Black Linke Bracelet Only)
  • APPLE WATCH PRICES AND CASE SIZES:
    • 38mm Price: US $549 to $1,049 Depending on Bracelet or Strap (Australia Price: AU$799 – AU$1,629, UK Price: £479 – £949)
    • 42mm Price: US $599 $1,099 Depending on Bracelet or Strap
  • BAND AND BRACELET COLORS AND OPTIONS:
    • White Sport Band: $549 (38mm), $599 (42mm)
    • Black Sport Band: $549 (38mm), $599 (42mm)
    • Stainless Steel Milanese Loop: $649 (38mm), $699 (42mm)
    • Leather Black Classic Buckle: $649 (38mm), $699 (42mm)
    • Leather Modern Buckle: $749 (38mm)
      • Black
      • Midnight Blue
      • Soft Pink
      • Brown
    • Leather Loop: $699 (42mm)
      • Black
      • Bright Blue
      • Stone
      • Light Brown
    • Stainless Steel Link Bracelet: $949 (38mm), $999 (42mm)
    • Stainless Steel Space Black Link Bracelet: $1,049 (38mm), $1,099 (42mm)

Apple Watch Editon Price and Styles:

  • CASE MATERIAL: 18-karat Rose Gold or 18-karat Yellow Gold
  • CASE COLOR AND FINISH:
    • Polished Rose Gold
    • Polished Yellow Gold
  • APPLE WATCH PRICES AND CASE SIZES:
    • 38mm Price: US $10,000 to $17,000 Depending on Strap (Australia Price: AU$14,000 to AU$24,000, UK Price: £8,000 to £13,500)
    • 42mm Price: US $12,000 to $15,000 Depending on Strap
  • BAND COLORS AND OPTIONS:
    • 38 mm
      • 18-karat Rose Gold Case with White Sport Band: $10,000
      • 18-karat Yellow Gold Case with Black Sport Band: $10,000
      • 18-karat Rose Gold Case with Rose Gray Modern Buckle: $17,000
      • 18-karat Yellow Gold Case with Bright Red Modern Buckle: $17,000
    • 42 mm
      • 18-karat Rose Gold Case with White Sport Band: $12,000
      • 18-karat Yellow Gold Case with Black Sport Band: $12,000
      • 18-karat Yellow Gold Case with Black Classic Buckle: $15,000
      • 18-karat Yellow Gold Case with Midnight Blue Classic Buckle: $15,000

 

So, end result? Easy… Pick a size. I’m on the fence between the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch. It all comes down to which is more comfortable. I wouldn’t pre-order on April 10th, unless you’re absolutely sure of the size. I’d wait to see them in person on April 24th when they hit Apple Stores. Try one on.

 

Since, like all other Apple products, the Apple Watch will likely be obsolete as soon as you buy it with a new model probably coming in a year or two. Unless you’re find with old tech and only recently upgraded from your Motorola StarTac, get the aluminum Apple Watch Sport. For $349 or $399, upgrading in a year or two won’t hurt too bad. But, if you really, really like the stainless finish of the Apple Watch for a few hundred more, it’s not the end of the world.

Apple Watch Home Screen

Apple Watch Home Screen

What is flat-out stupid, however, is getting a $10,000 to $17,000 gold Apple Watch Edition. For that kind of money, you can get some serious timepieces that will last you a lifetime… Not a piece of wearable technology with guaranteed obsolescence.

 

So, there you have it. The Apple Watch is just around the corner. Like I said, pre-orders start on April 10th with full roll-out on April 24th. This is a “global” launch with the US, UK, Autralia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, France and Germany all getting in on the Apple Watch action. I’m actually pretty excited. For the full scoop, visit Apple.

Photos of Apple Watch Models

 

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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