Apple Now Selling 'Made for Apple Watch' Lugs for Third-Party Bands

Apple has begun selling official Apple Watch lugs through authorized distributor Avnet that may only be used in third-party bands that adhere to the company's Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch. Apple-designed stainless steel lugs are each marked with "Made for Apple Watch" laser etching to verify their authenticity.

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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.

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    63 months ago

    So we have to spend $280 on 25 of them if we want any at all.. And this is why people buy third party.

    I miss the thumbs down button...
    Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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    63 months ago
    Still no space grey? Man, us SG users are getting screwed with the Apple Watch.
    Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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    63 months ago

    Really? $280 for 25 of them? And this is why people buy third party.

    These are for wholesale purchases. So Store A buys 25 sets of them, at $11.20 each, and will then sell to the consumer at ~$20 each. These are actually pretty decent prices.
    Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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    63 months ago
    The lack of reading comprehension and common sense in this thread is disturbing...
    Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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    63 months ago
    Goodbye Click!
    Nice almost knowing you.
    Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
    Avatar
    63 months ago
    Perfect. Looking forward to some more affordable leather bands that feature original lugs.
    Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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