Price of Steel

The other day I chose for myself the Apple Watch models I would consider from highest to lowest price:

  • Space Black Stainless Steel with Milanese Loop
  • Space Black Stainless Steel with Bright Blue Leather Loop
  • Stainless Steel with Black Sport Band
  • Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band

If in need to purchase one lightning fast on April 10th in pre-order, and I had to go for the best watch I could afford, I would make the call based on this lineup. Now, I can reasonably say that some 42mm Apple Watch steel models are within my price range.

Though we don’t have specific prices for my top two preferences, we now know that the 42mm stainless steel watches range from $599 to $1,099 depending on which wrist band it comes with. The pricing is in line with what I predicted earlier today.

But $800 is the most I want to spend on any watch — band or no band. I’ll probably not get one of the more luxurious bands, for sanity’s sake. The watch gets expensive very fast, if you consider upgrading one in the next five years.

If you have a family to consider, it’s all the more expensive. Buy one for your significant other and one for yourself and you’re easily breeching $1,000 on the watch and bands in whatever combination you so choose, unless you stick to the Sport watches with Sport bands exclusively.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.