Some people who pre-ordered the highly anticipated Apple Watch received their devices over the weekend, but sadly, that number is only about 22% of the 1.7 million pre-orders. Many users told Mac Rumors that Apple had begun charging their credit cards for the devices a few days before the April 24th launch date, but those users had ordered their devices within the first few hours of its availability.
For the remaining 78% of pre-order purchasers, the Apple Watch is not expected to be shipped out until sometime between mid-May and mid-June. The exact dates of delivery are not available yet, but customers who have checked their order status confirm an average wait time of 4-6 weeks. This wait is partially influenced by the time the order was placed, as well as the model of Apple Watch and the accompanying features people chose at the time of the purchase.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, stated in an email to Mac Rumors that the delivery times may not be accurate. Simply put, the company has set the long timeframes to avoid disappointing customers if production levels are not met.
If you have pre-ordered the Apple Watch, keep an eye on changes to your credit card statements and order status. You may be receiving your device sooner than expected.