Friday marked the official roll-out of the tech titan’s new set of first-generation devices, going on sale in nine countries — Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.

And while the UAE isn’t included, you can still have the chance to own it starting today — from the grey market, though. And as is always the case with devices that aren’t officially available, it won’t come cheap.

However, even those who believed it will be able to offer the devices today have become cautious.

“We’d love to [be the first to offer Apple Watches in the UAE], but inventory is looking pretty tight,” Omar Kassim, founder of online marketplace, told Khaleej Times.

Apple has announced last week that it won’t be selling the Apple Watch in its stores on Friday, and orders will continue to happen online only — so the madness that descends upon Apple Stores during product launches won’t be there.

So, a word of advice from Kassim.

“If any stock does make its way out, I think it’ll be a far from affordable price point,” he cautioned. “I think we may have to wait for a bit longer for stock at the right price points.”

The Apple Watch comes in three models — Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and the high-end Apple Watch Edition. There are a total of 38 variants depending on aspects such as the band and materials used. Prices start from $349 (Dh1,282) to a staggering $17,000 (Dh62,439) for the 18k gold-cased version.

In the grey market, it isn’t surprising if there would be a mark-up of at least 50 per cent — possibly even double or more than that.

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source: khaleejtimes