Although pre-orders for the Apple Watch began on April 10th, many customers are still waiting to receive their orders. Now, almost five weeks after the pre-order date, it appears as if many of the variations of the Watch are beginning to ship.
Customers in the US, UK, and Canada are confirming that they have been charged their dues and received shipment notifications for their Apple Watches. The first wave of Watches featuring the Space Black Link, Leather Loop, and Modern Buckle Bracelets are preparing for shipment.
Originally, users that ordered these models were typically given a shipping estimate of May 13th to May 27th. Although these are the last three models (aside from the Apple Watch Edition) to move from the processing to the shipping stage, it appears as if Apple is right on track with their original estimates.
The Apple Watch has faced many shipping and supply woes since its launch, from lack of supply to faulty hardware from manufacturers. Users that order the Apple Watch today face shipping times from 3-8 weeks depending on the model they order. With reports of Apple adding new manufacturers to ramp up the supply, hopefully we will see shipping times decrease, and maybe even in-store stock soon.