Verizon begins taking pre-orders for the all-metal Moto 360

The all-metal Moto 360. Image: Motorola.

The all-metal Moto 360. Image: Motorola.

Verizon has today begun accepting pre-orders for the upcoming Moto 360 that ships with a stainless steel band. The device will be available in both silver and grey, and it will cost $299 with free shipping — that’s $50 more than the current leather-banded model, which went on sale just last week.

So, that’s the good news. The bad news is that the all-metal Moto 360 won’t actually begin shipping until November 11, according to Verizon, so you’ll be waiting over two months for it.

If you don’t want to wait that long, Motorola has said that you’ll be able to buy its stainless steel straps separately for $79.99 as soon as they become available. So you can pick up a leather model now for $249.99, then add the metal strap yourself later on. The other option is to buy a third-party metal strap — which could be a lot cheaper — and install that instead.

The Moto 360 is by far the finest Android Wear watch to date. Its circular stainless steel design makes it significantly more attractive than rivals like the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, and it has a much-improved display that’s visible outdoors. Early reviews have been keen to note, however, that battery life is surprisingly poor.