“The response to Apple Watch has surpassed our expectations in every way, and we are thrilled to bring it to more customers around the world,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “We’re also making great progress with the backlog of Apple Watch orders, and we thank our customers for their patience. All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores.”
Although the initial shipments seemed to be a bit delayed from what most were expecting, both mine and a few friends of mine received our watches about a week earlier than Apple’s estimates. I think in the case of the Space Black model, Apple probably underestimated demand, just as they did with the iPhone 6 Plus. The second revision will probably be adjusted because of these numbers.