Apple has begun selling official Apple Watch lugs for manufacturers through authorized distributor Avnet. The lugs are meant for manufacturers to develop third-party bands for the Watch that adhere to Apple’s Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch. The lugs are also lazer-engraved with the phrase “Made for Apple Watch” to indicate the lugs you purchase are authentic.
MacRumors has managed to report all the details on the subject today. Here’s what they said:
The stainless steel lugs are available in 38mm and 42mm sizes and are compatible with all Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition models. However, at the time of publication, Space Gray, Space Black, Yellow Gold and Rose Gold lugs are not listed for sale.
Apple has published Apple Watch Lug Assembly Guidelines that provide accessory makers with step-by-step instructions and a list of required tools for assembly, including a Pentalobe 1.1 screwdriver bit and clamping device. The document also outlines proper screw installation for the lugs.
Avnet is selling Apple Watch lugs in sets of 25 or 200 in both 38mm and 42mm, with prices ranging between $278.75 and $1,866.00 per package and between $9.18 and $11.33 per individual set. The distributor is also selling the Pentalobe 1.1 screwdriver bit required for lug assembly for $12.65. All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.
Apple Watch Lugs – 38mm (25 sets)
Price Per Unit: $11.15 USD
Package Price: $278.75 USD
Apple Watch Lugs – 38mm (200 sets)
Price Per Unit: $9.18 USD
Package Price: $1,836.00 USD
Apple Watch Lugs – 42mm (25 sets)
Price Per Unit: $11.33 USD
Package Price: $283.25 USD
Apple Watch Lugs – 42mm (200 sets)
Price Per Unit: $9.33 USD
Package Price: $1,866.00 USD
Avnet currently estimates a shipping lead time of 2 weeks for all lug sets and pentalobe screwdriver bits. Opening a commercial account with Avnet is required to complete the ordering process. Avnet’s customer service team will contact customers within 24-48 business hours to complete the ordering process.