The big question – after pre-ordering an Apple Watch – remains: when can you expect the device to be in your hands after you’ve placed your order? Apple announced that the watch will start shipping out on the 24th, but recent online store listings are ranging the shipments from 24th to somewhere in May as well, depending on the model. Head over the jump to catch the details.

We know that the Apple Watch will be available in limited stock initially, and as such these extended shipment dates seem to suggest so as well. The U.K. and German Apple online stores have mentioned the shipping time as well which vary greatly depending on the model. For example, the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch with the Classic Leather band – or Milanese Loop – have been set for an estimated delivery between the 24th of April and 8th of May.

Some of the other top-end models such as the Apple Watch with the Link Bracelet have been given a rather sketchy shipping time of 4 to 6 weeks. The more exclusive and expensive gold version of the batch, the Apple Watch Edition, with the Sports band has just been given the ‘May’ treatment and nothing else. The gold laden version of the wearable, as has been told by Apple, will be available at a select few stores only, and the rose gold Edition models supply will be even more limited given some discoloration challenges.

Here’s a breakdown of the availability dates for the models listed on the U.K, and German stores:

  • Apple Watch Sport: From 24th April to 8th May
  • 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 24th April to 8th May
  • Apple Watch with Milanese Loop: From 24th April to 8th May
  • Apple Watch with Sport Armband: From 24th April to 8th May
  • Apple Watch Edition: ‘May’

It remains unclear if these shipping times reflect what it would be like for the U.S. market, but given the limited stock as mentioned earlier, this is hardly surprising.

Guess we’ll know for sure in a day or two. Until then, hang tight!

(Source: Macerkopf [Google Translate])

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