If you weren’t up at the stroke of midnight PDT to preorder the Apple Watch, you likely won’t have it on your wrist anytime soon. Whether it’s due to demand or low supply, many if not all models of the Apple Watch sold out in just minutes in the U.S., with shipping times pushed back at least four to six weeks.
For other models, shipments have been delayed for months. In the case of the 42-millimeter (1.65-inch) Apple Watch Sport with the white sport band, customers won’t get their hands on it until June. And even if your pockets are deep enough to drop at least $10,000 on the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, you’ll be waiting until July for it to arrive on your doorstep. But if you’re not picky, the 38-millimeter stainless steel Apple Watch with black classic buckle is the only one still available for delivery in the first two weeks beginning on April 24. Of the watches that sold out almost immediately, the 42-millimeter models were first to go once orders opened, shortly followed by most of the 38-millimeter models.
Similar shipping times have also been spotted in the Apple Store in Japan. And in China, some of the Apple Watch Edition models are just listed as “currently not in stock.”
While the long shipping times may be a disappointment for some customers, this isn’t the first time this has happened to Apple during a product launch. With the iPhone 6, Apple’s inventory quickly sold out in September, followed by lengthy shipping times that continued well into December. And with the Watch, it was something they were also anticipating, prompting the company to shift all sales online.