The Apple Watch comes with a standard one-year warranty covering hardware repair, but you can extend it to two years and up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage by purchasing AppleCare+. However, there is something you should know: As with every Apple product, the company has a rigorous inspection procedure that will rule whether your damaged Apple Watch is eligible for repair or not. 9to5Mac has the details.
The document obtained by Jordan Kahn reveals that you are eligible for an Apple Watch replacement unit if Apple finds the following damages on your unit:
• Debris under the display glass or pixel anomalies
• Back cover repairs only when no evidence of prying
• Condensation in the heart rate sensor windows
But that’s the happy part. Now comes the costly part: If your Apple Watch is cracked or missing digital crown cap, or the guys inspecting it find extreme abrasion or puncture holes or damage to buttons or crown, cracks or chips exposing internals, bending (does the Apple Watch bend? – I’m guessing that we are going to see some videos soon) or split enclosures, cracks on the back cover, etc., your wallet will be getting thinner and thinner.
Finally, ineligible devices are the ones with catastrophic damage or disassembled units – the ones you’ll see in stress test videos featuring a hammer and other “villains”.