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Apple Watch Ultra first-party repair can cost over 60% of its original retail price

The Watch Ultra. (Source: Apple)
The Watch Ultra. (Source: Apple)
Apple has presented its inaugural Watch Ultra as a device made so well of such high-end materials that it can stand up to any amount of demanding, practically pro-athlete or explorer use. Nevertheless, it now has an official schedule of repair costs on its website, which show that its restoration can cost a pretty penny - unless you get an AppleCare+ plan for it, of course.

The Watch Ultra has launched exhibiting new and very noticeable bulges, ridges and grooves unlikely to appeal to the typical Series 8 buyer; however, Apple asserts that they make its new wearable an ideal companion for those drawn to rugged, outdoorsy pursuits on a particularly extreme scale. Therefore, one might presume it is appropriately terminally resistant to physical damage, especially considering the price of the new variant.

The Cupertino giant has nonetheless set up a first-party repair service for the inaugural Ultra, which might throw up some unpleasant surprises for a customer for whom its endurance-focused marketing has failed.

The OEM estimates that it costs US$79 to fix the new wearable - although that only applies if the customer has also bought an AppleCare+ plan (for US$99/US$4.99 a month extra) with their new Watch Ultra. If not, it could run up to US$499: ~62% of the titanium smartwatch's new iPhone-esque price.

Those figures are for the United States market; in China, where the Ultra has started at 6,299 yuan (~US$910), the same non-AppleCare+ quote reportedly goes up to 3,749 yuan (~US$541).

We were not able to verify that; however, we have found that a Watch Ultra repair bill can reach €619 (~US$625) in the European market (where the Ultra is priced at up to €999 (~US$1,009)).

Therefore, the aspiring Watch Ultra buyer might need to be a little more careful than they imagined with their super-premium new wearable.

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Fixing a damaged Watch Ultra can get expensive, even compared to a normal Apple Watch...
Fixing a damaged Watch Ultra can get expensive, even compared to a normal Apple Watch...
...although a battery replacement might be a little more reasonable. (Source: Apple)
...although a battery replacement might be a little more reasonable. (Source: Apple)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-09-11 (Update: 2022-09-11)