Piper Jaffray pegs stainless steel Apple Watch price at $499, Edition at $4,999

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  • Reply 41 of 62
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post





    OK then that was the wrong picture, the gold was solid on the one I read about so it sure wasn't $499. My Rolex is from the 1970's and cost around $3,000 and it isn't solid gold. That picture must have been a gold paint version if only $499! If you have one of the solid gold ones I'll give you $499 for it image

     

    Gold was quite cheap prior the 1974. So, if you wanted to bling it out, that was the time to do it...

  • Reply 42 of 62
    darendinodarendino Posts: 126member

    "Finally, Munster expects Apple to reveal a better sense of device pricing at its March 9 event".



    Well, no shit!

  • Reply 43 of 62
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    foggyhill wrote: »
    Somebody said that it wasn't plated too.

    The site I linked to stated it was gold plated over stainless steel and retailed for $499. I have no reason not to trust it.
  • Reply 44 of 62
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,167member
    I remember THAT watch from the late '70s. They tried to milk it for a few hundred bucks back then, but the bottom fell out of the Red LED watch market with Texas Instrument's $19.95 announcement. Red LED watches became radioactive overnight. No jeweler would stock them without taking them on consignment from the manufacturers. Omega ended with some egg on their face... And would you LOOK at the watch face! The crazy ugly logo and the name "OMEGA" almost as big as the time numerals. The gold also looks sprayed on...

    Yes, that one looks cheesy to say the least, kind of reminds me of white Lexus cars where the owners had the trim gold plated.

    Have you seen the going price on Ebay for some of the vintage LED stuff?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solid-18k-750-Gold-PULSAR-LED-LCD-Calculator-Digital-Watch-w-Box-Pen-Papers-/191522210566?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c979d0306

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1977-Hewlett-Packard-HP-01-LED-LCD-calculator-digital-watch-w-Box-Pen-Manual-/191522210565?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c979d0305
  • Reply 45 of 62
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    So I saw on Twitter that a Huawei spokesman called ?Watch clunky and geeky. OK I guess I can understand the geeky part since non round watches do have that connotation. But what's clunky about it? It's not really thicker than these Android round watches and in some cases ?Watch is even smaller because these round watches had to go big to hide the bezel and provide enough real estate for things other than analog clock faces. But what I really don't get is if these guys really think ?Watch is a failure why even comment on it? Just let the train wreck happen and laugh about it after the fact. Comments like these make Huawei look insecure about their own product. Or that deep down they expect ?Watch to be a success.
  • Reply 46 of 62
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,167member
    mac_128 wrote: »
    All this talk of Gold, Gold, Gold ... what I want to know is where is the diamond encrusted edition? How can Apple be a serious watch competitor without one? /s

    <img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="55991" data-type="61" src="http://forums.appleinsider.com/content/type/61/id/55991/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 350px">

    That's the '?Watch Plus' your thinking of :D
  • Reply 47 of 62
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
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    Originally Posted by SolipsismY View Post





    I don't get it either. It also just makes no sense to make the purchase that much more complex for the buyer. When you buy jewelry you aren't looking at how much NAND it has so I feel it would be mistake if Apple offered each of the 34 models in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities, for example, resulting in 102 SKUs.



    That would indeed be utterly stupid. The AppleWatch has no need of that.

  • Reply 48 of 62
    jony0jony0 Posts: 269member
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    Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post

     

    Herman, Lily, Marilyn or Eddie could predict Apple products and pricing info better than Gene.


     

    Now that's funny. They're probably more up to date.

    Wait … does that mean Gene …

     

    File source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Munsters_cast_1964.JPG

     

    … could actually be Grandpa ?

  • Reply 49 of 62
    inklinginkling Posts: 731member
    Is the interior the same for each of these watches and the only reason for that 10-fold difference in cost the case and strap? It that's true, Apple would do well to promise that guts of newer models will fit into those pricey earlier cases. Otherwise, people will be paying thousands of dollars for a watch they'll be replacing a year or two. Upgradability will increase their sales.

    I'm delighted that Apple is offering a sport model of this watch. That might indicate that a sport version of iPhones lies in our future.
  • Reply 50 of 62
    davygeedavygee Posts: 65member
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    Originally Posted by Inkling View Post



    Is the interior the same for each of these watches and the only reason for that 10-fold difference in cost the case and strap? It that's true, Apple would do well to promise that guts of newer models will fit into those pricey earlier cases. Otherwise, people will be paying thousands of dollars for a watch they'll be replacing a year or two. Upgradability will increase their sales.



    I'm delighted that Apple is offering a sport model of this watch. That might indicate that a sport version of iPhones lies in our future.



    The Sport version will be aimed at people upgrading thier old phones for a "cheap" iPhone 5C....get your phone with the same colour as your watch strap etc etc.

  • Reply 51 of 62
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    Originally Posted by sog35 View Post

     

     

    LOL.  The Huawei watch looks like shit.

     

    image




    yes - how can a round gold watch look bad - well this one looks worse than bad...

    and notice the awful writing - and when would a watch ever say that? if you need to get it - then it should have got it - thats not smart thats stupid.....

  • Reply 52 of 62
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    inkling wrote: »
    Is the interior the same for each of these watches and the only reason for that 10-fold difference in cost the case and strap? It that's true, Apple would do well to promise that guts of newer models will fit into those pricey earlier cases. Otherwise, people will be paying thousands of dollars for a watch they'll be replacing a year or two. Upgradability will increase their sales.

    I think that doing such a thing will…
    • increase sales out of the gate knowing that you're 2015 ?Watch styling will be useful to wear years for now.
    • help show why Apple's engineering is better than the competition because of the longterm solution they engineered into the design.
    • have some people buy a new model every year as a useful collectible that they can wear with various outfits on various occasions, just like how traditional watches are worn today.
    • help this device retain its value and possibly even increase in value over the years.
  • Reply 53 of 62
    mac'em xmac'em x Posts: 98member
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    Originally Posted by Elian Gonzalez View Post

     



    As I mentioned, I get the gold part...


     

    But it sounds like you don't. Even with no difference at all in internals and functionality, a solid gold body means a huge price differential. No surprise there at all.

     

    I know, it may sound like a poor value to you or me or anyone who doesn't really care what metal the body is made of. But for anyone (and I understand this may not be you) who's dismayed and angered by Apple (presumably) offering a $5K or $10K watch, I say this:

     

    Yes, Apple's demanding a small fortune for their solid gold watch. But if you're willing to accept a less tony metal, they'll sell you the same watch for a huge discount. ;) 

  • Reply 54 of 62
    davygeedavygee Posts: 65member
    I think in general, consumers expect to get more for their money. We understand that the Watch Edition is solid gold, but is it $4000 extra for just the gold? I doubt it to be honest. I see no reason why they won't offer the Watch with various storage sizes ranging from 8gb to 32gb for example. And maybe the Edition has the largest storage of them all which is an extra bonus. But let's be honest here. If the Watch Edition is in fact $4999 when released, then I expect consumers that normally buy the odd Tag / Rolex / Omega to pick one up for the same price as one of those I've mentioned just to have a solid gold watch of the moment.

    The normal punter won't pick one up as they can't spend $5k but maybe be willing to pay $350-$600 on a watch or a device.
  • Reply 55 of 62
    $99 for the stainless steel link band? Did they even read what goes into making the band?
    - "The machining process is so precise, it takes nearly nine hours to cut the links for a single band. "

    NINE hours of presumably CNC machine time, for one band. That isn't a $99 band.
  • Reply 56 of 62
    remarkremark Posts: 13member
    adrayven wrote: »

    I don't think it's optimistic.. I think the 1st and 2nd tiers are more economy. You'll only see $50-$100 bump.. I'd say $450 at the highest price point for steel at most. 

    The gold version, yeah, I wouldn't be surprised to see it $7k - $10k
  • Reply 57 of 62
    remarkremark Posts: 13member
    remark wrote: »
  • Reply 58 of 62
    remarkremark Posts: 13member
    do you think carriers will subsidize watches?
  • Reply 59 of 62
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    remark wrote: »
    do you think carriers will subsidize watches?

    To the same extent I expect carriers to subsidize the Wi-Fi iPad.
  • Reply 60 of 62
    davygeedavygee Posts: 65member
    Okay guys so what price do you think the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition be?

    I think the Apple Watch Edition will be $4999.

    I want the Apple Watch to be $499 but think it will be $699 or $749, which will be unfortunate for me.
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