Overseas Apple Watch shipping times improve as retail launch looms

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Apple Watch buyers outside the U.S. can now get their hands on one of the company's new wearable even faster than before, with the more diminutive 38-millimeter model shipping in as little as one day in a number of international markets.

Most 38-millimeter sport and stainless steel models claim lead times of just 1 to 3 business days in the U.K., France, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan. The U.S., Canada and China remain stuck at 5 to 7 business days.

Models that ship with the modern buckle also sit at the higher lead time, while most 42-millimeter versions are down to 1 to 2 weeks. Apple Watch Edition remains at a minimum of 2 weeks around the globe.

Shipping times continue to fall as Apple catches up with demand and prepares for the Watch's retail launch, halving in the last two weeks alone.

While Apple has pegged June 26 as the formal brick-and-mortar debut for the Watch, there are signs suggesting it may arrive even earlier in some locations. Some U.S. Apple Stores are said to be receiving stock already, according to BGR, and could open personal pickup for online purchases as soon as Wednesday.


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