Kif Leswing, writing for Business Insider:
The company best known for making iPhones outsold Rolex, Omega,
and even Swatch last quarter — combined.
That’s according to Apple Watch sales estimates from industry
researcher Canalys and IDC, and publicly released shipment
statistics from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry.
Canalys estimates that Apple sold 8 million Apple Watches in the
last quarter of 2017.
This doesn’t really prove anything other than that Apple Watch is selling pretty well, but you can see that with your own eyes just by looking for them on people’s wrists out in the world. I see Apple Watches every day, worn by people from all walks of life. These stats from 2016 claim the average price of a Swiss watch was $739. Last fall Horace Dediu pegged the average selling price of an Apple Watch at $330, which sounds about right to my ears — most people buy the base aluminum models, and if they “upgrade”, it’s by buying an extra band or two.
Apple doesn’t reveal official sales figures for the Apple Watch,
making comparisons like this one difficult.
Instead, it bundles Apple Watch sales into an “other products”
category — which led some people, including yours truly, to brand
the device a “flop,” as it seemed like Apple was glossing over
And for awhile, especially in 2016, it did look like sales growth
stalled. But based on data points provided by Apple officials on
earnings call earlier this month, it’s possible for analysts to
calculate a strong estimate of units and revenue.
I can get being bearish on Apple Watch sales back in 2015, when you just didn’t see many of them in the wild, and when Apple’s “Other” category didn’t seem to have a large bump. But the fact that Apple has reported Apple Watch sales in the “Other” category is something Tim Cook announced in September 2014, more than six months before the product went on sale, and he was very clear that the reason was the competitive value of the information. Apple could have sold 10 times more watches than expected and they still would have reported them under “Other”.
★ Monday, 12 February 2018