Apple Watch coming to SA on 23 October, priced to start at R5 900By Robin-Leigh Chetty 12 October 2015 | Categories: news
In September last year, at Apple's second showcase event for 2014, the Cupertino-based company unveiled its much lauded Apple Watch wearable. A few months later, the wearable was once again detailed, and priced at Apple event in March 2015. Now a little over one year since it was first seen, the Apple Watch is primed for debut on local shores come 23 October.
Here at last
To date, Apple has previewed three different variants of Apple Watch, each with its range of materials, colours and prices. Two of those options will be coming to SA, the Apple Watch Sport and regular Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Edition, which features an 18-karat gold case and hefty $10 000 price tag, will not be arriving in SA.
For those with some cash to splurge however, the Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch will still keep your credit card company busy. The cheapest model of Apple Watch you can get, an Apple Watch Sport in a 38 mm (wide) silver aluminium case and white plastic band, will set you back R5 900 (RRP). The prices move up from there, depending on whether you opt for the 38 mm or 42 mm watch face sizes, as well as different band materials. As such, the most expensive Apple Watch Sport (42 mm) will retail for an estimated R6 800, with a Gold aluminium case and blue plastic band.
Moving on to the Apple Watch, with a watch face case constructed of stainless steel, the price will start at R9 300. The price really starts to step up once you factor in the milanese loop band, fitted with a magnetic closing mechanism. Although the milanese band is perhaps the most handsome of all the options, the space link band out prices it, and comes fitted on one of the most expensive Apple Watch available to date, totalling R18 500. This option will feature a 42 mm Space Black case and aforementioned black space link band.
Time to sign-up
Set to land in SA on 23 October, the Apple Watch is already open for sign-up, should wouldbe owners wish to stay in the loop and order their own version. The Apple Watch will also retail at all registered Apple Premium resellers, iStore, Digicape and Incredible Connection stores. At this stage however, the number of devices available remains unknown, but we're guessing stock will be limited.
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