Thinking about picking up a new Apple Watch? It’s never a bad idea to wait until there’s a good deal, and thankfully, those happen with some regularity.
There are currently three models to choose from, all of which support watchOS 7. The latest model, and the highest end, is the Apple Watch Series 6 with GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity, which starts at $399. If that’s a little too expensive, you can drop about $120 off the price by buying an Apple Watch SE, which also launched this fall.
Finally, the three-year-old Series 3 is the most affordable Apple Watch model to date. It has a starting retail price of $199, but it frequently goes on sale. If you’re looking for something to last a few years, though, it’s probably worth looking at one of the other two watches, as it’s not clear how much longer Apple will deliver software updates to the Series 3.
While deals are a fairly regular occurrence, there will be times where there are no price drops on new models. For those times, we also include some deals on refurbished models.Apple Watch Series 3Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
Apple Watch Series 3 deals
The regular price for the 38mm Series 3 is $199 ($229 for the 42mm), which is a decent deal. It’s a great entry-level Apple Watch if you are looking for a smartwatch with reliable battery life and don’t want to burn a massive hole in your wallet.
Currently, the 38mm Series 3 is $169 at Walmart (spacey gray only). Or for $189 at Amazon and Best Buy, which is $10 off its usual price of $199. If you are looking for the Series 3 in 42mm, Amazon and Walmart, have knocked $30 off its price, bringing it down to $199.Apple Watch SEPhoto by Dan Seifert / The Verge
Apple Watch SE deals
Starting at $279 for a 40mm version or $309 for the 44mm, the Apple Watch SE is a good midrange wearable and shares some features also found on the flagship Series 6 model, such as a built-in accelerometer and hand-washing detection. But it doesn’t have the always-on display found on the Series 5 and Series 6.
The best deal right now on the Apple Watch SE 40mm with GPS is at Amazon, which has knocked $9 off its normal price in gold or space gray, bringing the price down to $270.
The 44mm with GPS is also on sale at several retailers. The lowest you can currently get this model for at Amazon is $270 in space gray, $280 for silver with a white band, or $294 for gold. Walmart also has this model on sale for $270 in space gray with a black sport band, $280 in silver, or $294 in gold.
Apple Watch Series 6 deals
The flagship Apple Watch comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, with respective starting costs of $399 and $429. The Apple Watch Series 6 features more sensors than previous models, including a sensor that allows the device to detect your body's blood oxygen levels.
If you are looking for the 40mm with GPS, Amazon has the lowest price right now for this model for as low as $339 if you buy the watch in red or $379 in other colors. Walmart is price matching this product if you buy this configuration in spacey gray. Best Buy has also discounted this model, knocking $20 off its usual $399 price.