Preorder your $30,000 diamond-bedazzled Apple Watch

It's never too soon to luxuriate in a blinged-out version of 2015's hottest smartwatch. A jewelry company is already putting dibs on a diamond Apple Watch.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Mervis Apple Watch
This has to be a mock-up. Mervis Diamond Importers

If the estimated $349 (basic version) to $5,000 (gold version) price tag for an Apple Watch just seems way too low for your tastes, you can turn to jeweler Mervis Diamond Importers to provide you with a bonkers luxury alternative. Mervis is offering up a $30,150 (about £19,250, AU$36,730) diamond-encrusted version of the Apple Watch for preorder with an expected delivery date in the middle of 2015.

Sure, the Apple Watch isn't even out yet, but don't let that hold you back from putting down some cash on a sparkling smartwatch that will make your friends' cheap-o $350 versions look like they came out of a 25-cent vending machine.

The diamond Apple Watch wallows in 18-karat rose gold and features a band that glows with eight rows of high-grade diamonds totaling over 15 carats. Mervis teased the custom luxury edition of the watch on its Facebook page. Considering how the gold-plated world of luxury gadgets seems to be booming, expect the Mervis take on the Apple Watch to be just the first in an eventual avalanche of bespoke bands for the highly anticipated wearable.

This isn't the first time Mervis has turned its attention to an Apple product. Back in 2010, the company went sparkle-crazy on an iPad, creating a $20,000 version of the tablet.

Most of the world will balk at the $30,000 price, but Mervis's encrusted Apple Watch actually looks downright reasonable when you compare it to the $400,000 cost of buying a gold-plated British racing bike or the $48.5 million it will set you back to obtain an iPhone 6 emblazoned with a rare, honking huge pink diamond. When you put it in context, the Mervis diamond Apple Watch seems like the steal of the century. And you can always pry the diamonds off when the inevitable Apple Watch 2 comes out a year later.

(Via Luxury Launches)