I've been very keen on the sand 2000 since I first saw the 3 new models released. Sakura Watches had by far the best price I've seen and I put in a 'Send Request' thing where you give your email and they notify you when in stock. That was around October 8 or 10. I read somewhere about Oct 15 release date, so I kept regularly checking their site from that day onwards; I'm talking multiple refreshes a day. Never saw any change in status of the sand watch (always just 'pre-order'), while the other 2 were in stock, then out, then back in.
I emailed them about a week ago and they said they don't have it, aren't getting it and it's discontinued. I asked if he was sure we're talking about same watch - how could it be discontinued 12 days after official release date. I think he may have his terminology or status mixed up but he was insistent they aren't getting any of the sand model. I didn't want to take any chances that he was mixed up, so went elsewhere, paid a bit more on eBay but will be getting it in a few days (currently in transit).