Apple Authorized Service Providers are being told to replace 42mm Series 1 and original first-generation Apple Watch models with a Series 2 instead.
A document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers informs personnel that repair parts for 42mm Apple Watch “Series 0” and Apple Watch Series 1 are constrained, reports MacRumors. As a stopgap measure, Apple is allowing service providers to offer a 42mm Apple Watch Series 2 replacement to owners who initiate a qualifying repair. The program runs from February through April and is believed, but not confirmed.
The document does not mention Series 2, Series 3, Series 4, or 38mm models of any kind as qualifying, nor does it specify if the parts constraint is limited to aluminum, stainless steel, or other finishes. No further information is provided.