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Apple Watch Pricing to Reportedly Start at $500 for Stainless Steel, $4,000 for Gold

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French Apple website iGen.fr is reporting [Google Translate] that pricing for the stainless steel Apple Watch may start at $500, while the gold Apple Watches' pricing could start between $4,000 and $5,000. iGen.fr has been reliable in the past, most recently reporting the dimensions of both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

While Apple had announced that the Apple Watch would start at $350, which was widely assumed to be the price of the aluminum model, and estimates pegged the price of the gold Apple Watch at prices as low as $1,000 or as high as $5,000, there has been little information regarding the pricing of the stainless steel option.

The site's sources also indicate that Apple still aims to release the Apple Watch by Valentine's Day 2015, which somewhat echoes an earlier report that said the company would be "lucky" to release the device by that timeframe. iGen.fr also mentions that manufacturers and resellers are preparing as if the Watch would release in mid-February 2015. Previously, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts said the Watch would release in Spring 2015.

Article Link: Apple Watch Pricing to Reportedly Start at $500 for Stainless Steel, $4,000 for Gold
 

sputnikv

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Well, there's certainly a market for it. I'll be more interested in the sport version so as long as that's affordable, I'm happy.
 
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Sonmi451

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I'm gonna go cheap sport version for the first model. When they make it thinner and more powerful in a couple years, I'll go balls out and get the stainless. I don't really have interest in the gold even though it would match my iPhone especially for that price.
 
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forcesteeler

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$5,000 Dollars? I Rather buy a Rolex. I can feel confident my Rolex will hold value in say the next 5-10 years,
 
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psylence2k

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Do all stainless steel models automatically come with the sapphire glass ?

I wonder how far apart the pricing between the 38mm and 42mm models in each tier will be.
 
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levitynyc

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I have a Tag watch I bought 5-6 years ago for around $2500. If I sold it, I could probably get roughly $1500 for it now as its in near mint condition. An Apple watch with a degenerating battery that will be obsolete within 2 years will lose 95% of its value in 5 years.

I seriously don't understand the purpose of the Apple Watch...and I've owned 6 Macs, 4 Apple TVs, 7 iPhones, 5 iPods and 5 iPads.
 
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bmauter

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That 4 grand is up there!
Then it's not for you. (It's not for me either.)

Don't gold Rolexes start around $20k? The gold WATCH will be one of those on-a-whim purchases for folks with a Rolex or two already.

An Apple watch with a degenerating battery that will be obsolete within 2 years will lose 95% of its value in 5 years.
That's why it's only $4k. ;)
 
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levitynyc

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Ehhh ... Sticking to my Tag

same here

I love Tag watches.

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Then it's not for you. (It's not for me either.)

Don't gold Rolexes start around $20k? The gold WATCH will be one of those on-a-whim purchases for folks with a Rolex or two already.

The Rolex watch buyer knows his watch will maintain its value for decades. There something "timeless" about luxury watches. They don't go obsolete.

Smart watches will look dated in a couple of years.
 
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Lancer

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Still higher than I thought it would be but that said if you've been past a high end jewelers $4k is nothing compared to some high end watches.

I might be interested in the base model if I can find a need to get one. And thats the hardest thing, there is a generations who have never worn a wrist watch, will they now buy into the smart watch trend with Apple on board?
 
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DTphonehome

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Stainless price sounds right. Still don't see the rationale behind gold, as typically gold watches are heirloom type pieces, and an Apple watch will be obsolete very quickly. But i imagine they don't expect it to be a big seller. Maybe just an aspirational flagship.
 
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saberahul

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same here

I love Tag watches.


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The Rolex watch buyer knows his watch will maintain its value for decades. There something "timeless" about luxury watches. They don't go obsolete.

Smart watches will look dated in a couple of years.

Which tag do you have?

I think Smart watches will go the route of iPhones - requires change every 1-2 years to keep up with the internals and OS requirements.
 
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mrfoof82

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$5,000 Dollars? I Rather buy a Rolex. I can feel confident my Rolex will hold value in say the next 5-10 years,

A solid gold Rolex for $5000? In what dream world do you live where they're that cheap new?

And there's a reason for that. That much gold is. not. cheap. A $4000 gold Apple watch isn't something I'd ever be interested in, but the reality is if they managed to drive the price that low it'd be unheard of in the luxury watch industry.
 
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