Announced September 9th, 2014, this device is Apple's first foray into smart wearables. iFixit's repair manuals are applicable to Apple Watch (steel) and Apple Watch Sport (aluminum).

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Do I have to unplug the battery before changing the screen?

What are the risks of leaving the battery plugged in while I swap the screen? I’d rather not pull it out if I don’t have to. If I can’t turn off the watch and there’s still power going through it will I risk damage? Thanks

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Yes. you must disconnect it. In not doing so you could short the battery accidentally and it may damage the device. (or you)

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