Apple's first generation Watch is now officially obsolete, including the Hermes and $17,000 18-karat gold Watch Edition models, according to Apple's latest obsolete product list seen by MacRumors. That means the "Series 0" Watch models, first released in 2015, are no longer eligible for hardware service and providers cannot order parts.
On top of its obsolete list, Apple has a "vintage" list for products it stopped distributing more than five years ago, but less than seven years ago. On the current public-facing list (which should be updated soon) is the Series 2 Watch, so it'll soon be on the obsolete list as well.
The news may stimulate some new discussion on "planned obsolescence." According to Apple's obsolete and vintage page, the company is only obligated to supply parts for five years after a product is last distributed (laws in France push that to seven years for iPhone and Mac laptops). Such discussion has stimulated change in the past — the company was forced to alter course in terms of device reparability, and a new EU law forced Apple to change its charging/data port to USB-C from Lightning.
The Watch Edition has been an interesting case since it first came out. Regular watches can appreciate in value enormously, largely because they can still perform their time-keeping function many years later. However, the Watch Edition cost over $10,000, but was always going to become obsolete. If you own one (let us know below) and the battery hasn't already lost charge, this could be the final reason to wave goodbye.